Monday, 18 February 2008

How To: Make Tux the Linux Penguin

Wouldn't you love to have a Tux of your very own? I will guide you step-by-step through the compilation process. So pay attention!

First of all, you will need to visit a website called Free Penguin Project. There you will find the "code" to get started. As the website so aptly points out, Linux code is all free and open source for anyone willing to give it a try, so why shouldn't the "code" for their stuffed penguin also be free?

The patterns are there, but there are very limited instructions. Also, I made a few tweaks of my own that I will share with you below.

All of you geeks out there will be able to complete the first step no problem:

1) Go the the website linked above and download a Tux pattern in PDF form
- Because I don't have a fancy printer, I couldn't print out the pattern in the proper size that I wanted. I just zoomed in until I got the size I wanted and then traced it on paper. Why else would I have this fancy wide screen monitor?

The next steps will be a bit tricky if you don't have the proper hardware requirements and data stores. And by data stores, I mean "any talent in sewing that you may have locked away in that brain of yours."

Hardware requirements (Things needed to make Tux):
- pattern from the website.
- white, yellow, and black fabric (scraps or felt squares work fine)
- thread to match and needles
- embroidery thread, yellow
- hot glue gun with hot glue sticks
- stuffing
- Optional: pipe cleaners to give the wings shape
- Optional: a little bit of interfacing to make the wings stiffer

Follow the pattern instructions to cut out the proper pieces and colours for Tux. I found that you can cut on the fold for the BIB and SIDE pieces. That way you only have to cut one of each. Also, if you are using a bit of interfacing in the WING, then cut out two pieces of that also.

I did all of the sewing manually to avoid making huge mistakes. I know that geeks will balk at the idea of not using the latest technology, but trust me, it's worth it.

2) Sew WINGS, right sides together with interfacing pinned on top. Do not sew the edge that attaches to SIDE
- turn right sides out
- measure and cut pipe cleaner to fit inside wing in order to be able to "pose" the wings

3) Cut a slit in the SIDE piece where wing will be inserted.
- insert WINGS into the SIDE piece, stitch together
NOTE: make sure wings are facing in the proper direction before stitching in place

4) Sew the darts in the top of the head (where the "wedges" are in the pattern)

5) Sew together the back and front of the head making a rounded shape.

6) Sew the SIDE piece together at the bottom.

7) Attach BIB by pinning in place carefully. It's a strange fit. Then stitch in place.

8) Sew BEAK pieces together along the rounded edges, right sides together.
- turn right side out.
- Upgrade to embroidery thread, stitch along outside rounded edge of BEAK for decoration.
- Stitch two marks on top of BEAK for nostrils.
- pin beak in place, and stitch

9) With penguin inside out, stitch DERRIER to the bottom making sure to leave a hole to upload the stuffing into
- turn the penguin right side out and stuff
- sew the hole closed on the DERRIER

10) Sew FEET right sides together leaving a hole to upload the stuffing
- turn right sides out
- stuff the FEET
- Sew the hole closed
- upgrade to embroidery thread once again and create toes using long stitches around the edge of FEET
- attach feet to body (this is difficult, but it works if you are patient)

11) Cut out EYES in shape shown in finished picture (top)
- glue in place with hot glue gun.

Voila! Your very own Tux to keep watch over your Linux computers and fight the good fight against all things Windows. :)

Note: These Tux Penguins are now available to buy on my account at Etsy if you don't feel like making one yourself.


Anonymous said...

Tux is totally awesome!

Anonymous said...

Very cute!

Julie said...

Great job on Tux, Tawny. Haha, I think Terry's t-shirt says it all. James plays around a lot with Linux--when he's not taking apart all his hardware and revamping the guts of his machines. Geeks of the world, unite!