Sew an adorable panda.
Is it the perpetual munching of bamboo that gives this miniature panda his spaced-out expression? Or is he simply a bit myopic? Whichever it is, he's still clasping a stalk of greenery firmly in his paw, and the wry twist to his mouth and surprised blush suggest that his snack has been interrupted for only a minute or two.
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Trace off the pattern pieces onto tracing paper, and cut out to make templates. Cut out 2 pieces each for the body, head, arms and eyes from white felt; 2 pieces for the eye patches and 2 identical pieces for the arms, legs, and ears from the black felt; 1 piece for the bamboo stem for the brown felt, and 4 little leaves from the green. Take 1 of the head pieces and use a little craft glue to stick the black eye patches in position, checking against the photograph to position them correctly. Stick a white eye near the top of the eye patch.
Thread an embroidery needle with 2 strands of black floss, and embroider the nose, mouth, and brows on the face. The nose is made with 2 tiny stitches, 1 horizontal and 1 vertical, making a "T" shape; the brows are 1 small, angled straight stitch each, and the mouth is another single stitch, but places off-center and at a slight angle to give the Panda his quizzical expression.
Take 2 of the identical black felt pieces, and a little craft glue to stick Panda's ears on the wrong side of the embroidered face. Thread an embroidery needle with 1 strand of white embroidery floss, align the head pieces with one another, and sew together using a small neat overstitch. Leave a gap at the bottom of the head (don't fasten off the thread), and fill it with a tiny amount of toy stuffing, using a toothpick or a matchstick to get the padding even. Don't overfill; it should be lightly padded, not stuffed. When the padding is evenly distributed, stitch the gap shut.
Align the 2 body pieces together with right sides facing out. Thread an embroidery needle with 1 strand of white embroidery floss, and use a small overstitch to sew the body pieces together. Leave the top open, fill with a small quantity of toy stuffing, distributing it evenly, then sew shut. Position the head so it overlaps the body and, using 1 strand of white embroidery floss, sew the body and head together, stitching through all 4 layers of felt. Place the new stitches over the earlier overstitching for a neat finish.