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Monday, July 13, 2015

The Panda Pillow - with free sewing pattern!

We've had a very busy weekend and while I still found time for a little crafting, I didn't finish any projects worth bragging about here. 

But, while going through all the patterns I have stashed in my craft closet (with the purpose of getting rid of the ones I won't use anymore - or never have), I found a hand drafted pattern for a pillow I made years ago for my son: the Panda Pillow. 

The Panda Pillow - with free sewing pattern!

So today I decided to take a trip down memory lane and share the story of how this pillow came to be. I've also copied the pattern onto clean sheets and made a pdf out of it for anyone who wants to use it (though it's still a handmade pattern, so not very high quality).

Anyway, ever since my son started watching cartoons on TV, he has been a fan of the Panda Channel. I have no idea if the Panda Channel in on in any other part of the world, but in Portugal it's the nÂș 1 channel for kids, and its symbol is, of course, a panda:

Periodically, there are Panda Channel magazines, books and other merchandising available, and about three years ago (long before I even had a blog), some panda pillows hit the stores. My son promptly told me he needed one and, half distracted, I promised I would get him one for Christmas. By the time Christmas was right around the corner, however, panda pillows were sold out and I couldn't find a single one anywhere.

The Panda Pillow - with free sewing pattern!

A promise is a promise, though. So if I couldn't buy a pillow, I decided it couldn't be that hard to make one. And so the Panda Pillow came to be. 

In the past few years, it has been living on my son's bed and while it is no longer in mint condition, he still loves it.

The Panda Pillow - with free sewing pattern!

Since this is an old project, I can't exactly post a photo-tutorial, but I'll give you some pointers in case you want to make one too. 

Materials needed: 
- the pattern (download here)
- white fabric for the pillow
- black felt for the ears, nose and eyes
- white felt for the eyes
- black embroidery thread for the mouth
- polyester filling

- cut the fabric and the felt as indicated in the pattern
- on the front of the pillow, sew (or glue) the eyes and the nose (use the pictures for reference)
- draw the mouth with a pencil and cover the lines with embroidery thread. I freehanded it, and then used a stem stitch (see below):

- join the ear pieces in pairs and sew them right sides together. Turn inside out. If you want, you can fill them with polyester filling before attaching them to the pillow pieces (I left mine empty)
- join the front and back of the pillow right sides together, with the ears pinned in place and tucked inside. Sew all around leaving just one small opening. Fill the pillow with the polyester filling and sew the opening shut. 

panda pillow, pillow pattern, almofada do panda

Since the pattern is less than stellar and there are no pictures accompanying the instructions, let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to help you the best I can.

In the meantime, enjoy your week!

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  1. What a cute pillow you made. Thanks for sharing at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  2. that's so cute! I've pinned it!

  3. Ha! This is so cute!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  4. This is just adorable! Thanks for sharing your pillow and pattern at Together on Tuesdays :)

  5. This is so cute! As a self confessed sew-a-phobe I don't think it will make it to our house BUT it is on my Cool Makes pin board on pinterest...the land of dreamy things we never make!!!!!

    Thanks so much for linking up, we hope to see you again some time! You can join our Facebook group just search #toddlerapprovedtuesday on Facebook!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and for the invitation, I'll join up for sure!

  6. Your Panda Pillow is just adorable. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  7. What a CUTE pillow! I'd like to feature it today at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  8. Super Cute!! Thanks for linking up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! I loved having you!! Hope you can join us again tomorrow!! Pinned to My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday Pinterest page!! :-)