This cute panda by Cheryl Owen is an adorable make for a loved one. Made in the very apt Pandalicious range for Art Gallery Fabrics, our little pal is sure to make you smile. Use a colourful fabric to sew a heart – why not embroider a message for a loved one, too?
- Fabric, white, black and light pink patterned, plain black
- Embroidery thread, black, light blue
- Fusible webbing, 3cm x 6cm
- Coordinating thread
- Toy filling
- Air-erasable pen
- Needle, crewel embroidery, hand sewing
- 12cm x 25cm
- Use a 6mm seam allowance throughout.
sew a panda
Go online to www.sewmag.co.uk/templates to download and print the templates. Cut out a pair of heads and pair of bodies on the fold from white patterned fabric, two pairs of ears on the fold, two pairs of arms and two pairs of feet from plain black fabric, one pair of bands on the fold and one 6cm diameter circle from black patterned fabric, then one pair of hearts on the fold from light pink patterned fabric.
2 Trace one pair of patches onto the paper backing of fusible webbing. Roughly cut them out, leaving a border around each patch. Press the patches to the wrong side of plain black fabric. Cut out the patches neatly and peel off the backing papers. Refer to the template to press the patches to the right side of one head, which will be the front – the other head will be the back. Oversew the edges of the patches using one strand of black embroidery thread. Embroider the eyes with backstitch using two strands of light blue embroidery thread.
3 Fold the heads and bodies in half and stitch the darts. Press the darts in opposite directions. Pin the ears together in pairs and stitch the notched edges A-A. Snip the curves and turn right side out. Pin and tack the ears to the right side of the front head A-A. Pin the heads together and stitch B-A-A-A-A-B. Turn under the raw edges B-B by 6mm and tack in place. Snip the curves and finger press the seam open. Turn right side out and stuff the head firmly.
4 Pin and stitch the bands to the bodies along the straight edges, leaving a gap in one seam to turn right side out – the body with the gap will be the back and the other body will be the front. Pin the arms and feet together in pairs. Stitch together, leaving the straight edges open. Snip the curves and finger press the seams open. Turn right side out. Stuff the arms and legs to 1.5cm below the open edges. Pin the open edges closed. Pin and tack the arms to the right side of the front body and band C-D, and pin and tack the legs to the right side of the front body, matching the notches.
5 With the bodies and bands together, pin then stitch B-C-D-D-C-B-B. Snip the curves and finger press the seam open. Turn the body right side out through the gap in the back. With an air-erasable pen, draw the dotted line on the bands. Stuff firmly and slipstitch the gap closed. Push out the head to open out the space and insert the band into the head, facing forward. Pin the tacked edge of the head to the dotted line, matching centres and points B. Sew the head securely to the band along the dotted line, adding more toy filling if required.
6 Sew a running stitch around the edge of the tail. Start to pull up the stitches to gather the edge and place some toy filling inside. Pull up the gathers tightly and fasten the thread. Sew the tail to the back body. With right sides together, pin and stitch the heart pieces, leaving a gap for turning through. Clip the lower corner and carefully snip to the inner corner. Trim the curves and turn right side out. Stuff the heart and slipstitch the gap closed. Place the heart on the front of the panda. Pin the arms to the heart and sew securely into position to finish.