Make your own panda softie! A simple sewing project for kids using scrap felt and a needle and thread! Such a sweet and simple way to make your own stuffed animal! This post contains affiliate links.
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Let’s Make a Softie Sewing Series for Kids
This is part 4 of a 6 part sewing series for kids. Today we’re making a panda bear! In part 1 we made a hippo, in part 2 we made a Corgi puppy, and in part 3 we made a pig. Part 5 comes out soon! We’ll be making a penguin so be sure to come back to make one with us!
Items you’ll need to have on hand for our Felt Softies:
- felt scraps
- thread (we used embroidery floss)
- hot glue or fabric glue*
- paper to print template for pattern pieces
Tips for Sewing Softies
- It’s not a great time to be heading to the store to pick up supplies with the government encouraging us to stay at home. That’s ok! Just work with what you have. If you don’t have any stuffing to fill your softie, you can use a sock or even a plastic grocery bag (it’ll sound crinkly!).
- I had a lot of felt scraps left over from previous projects, but not everyone has a stash like mine and that’s totally okay! If you don’t have felt, you can use other fabric scraps. I like using felt or fleece because these types of fabric don’t fray. If you use cotton, the edges will fray, but it will still be a cute softie! These heart plushies are made out of cotton. We cut the fabric out using pinking shears (decorative sewing scissors) which helps the edges not fray.
- You can sew your entire softie or glue your entire softie. It’s up to you. We will be using a combination of sewing and gluing in our step by step photo instructions and video. You still get the cute stitched look, but don’t have to sew every tiny detail on by hand.
- Get creative! Use different colors of felt, add buttons if you’d like—have fun!
*Hot glue dries fast, but fabric glue is easier for kids to work with. If using fabric glue, allow time for drying.
Panda Softie Sewing Pattern for Kids
How To Make a Panda Softie
Panda Softie Sewing Pattern For Kids
- Cut out panda softie templates. Pin each template to the felt and cut out the necessary pieces.
- Pin black eye sections and feet onto the front of one of the squares of felt.Thread a needle with a long piece of thread. If using embroidery floss, seperate the strand of floss into two sections (each section will have 3 strings of floss). Use one section for sewing.Tie a knot on the end. Stitch around the eye sections and feet. Tie a knot on the back when you are finished and cut the thread for each area that you sew.
- Glue the eyes and nose on using hot glue or fabric glue.
- Set the front of the softie to the side. Place the second square onto your work surface. Place ears over the square. Place the first piece on top, sandwiching the ears in between the two squares of felt.
- Add a few pins to keep everythign in place.
- Stitch around 3 sides, leaving one side open. Stuff panda with a small handfull of stuffing.
- Stitch the opening closed.
The designs for our animal softies were inspired by this clip art that I found on shutterstock.