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I’m making a few things for Natalie’s upcoming birthday.  I can’t believe she’ll be 6, for her it’s not soon enough – all her friends are 6 already according to her.

We’re madly in love with pandas, so I’ve been searching high and low for panda things.  Luckily I had this little idea tucked in the back of my brain for a little while.   I used the Square Bear pattern from the book Sew Darn Cute by Jenny Ryan as a starting point.  I used black flannel for the panda eyes, ears, legs and arms.  Put in a little pocket for top secret stuff (maybe even a lost tooth someday) and there you have it.

I think she’s gonna love it.

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37 Responses to panda bear

  1. QuiltyGirl 04.30.2012 at 9:44 am #

    So cute! And don’t you love having to explain to a child that you just can’t snap your fingers and make them the same age as their friends?? Kids are so funny. :)

  2. Jeni 04.30.2012 at 9:57 am #

    Ahhh! It’s so cute! Who wouldn’t love it?! :)

  3. Ali 04.30.2012 at 10:10 am #

    She is going to freak out about how cute it is! I know I am!!!

  4. Simple Simon & Co 04.30.2012 at 10:16 am #

    DArling stuffie! She’s going to love it!

  5. Grandma G 04.30.2012 at 10:21 am #

    Oh, that is so, SO CUTE!!! Great job!

  6. Lesley at Fabulously Flawed 04.30.2012 at 10:39 am #

    Awww, I love it! I’d keep it for myself!

  7. Sew Much Ado 04.30.2012 at 10:42 am #

    I think she will too! You are always so good at making thoughtful gifts, your girls are lucky!

  8. Chrissy Jordan 04.30.2012 at 10:49 am #

    I literally squealed out loud when I saw this! How stinkin cute!?!?!

    Someday I’ll have a little girl and she WILL have one of these. 😉

  9. hsw 04.30.2012 at 11:18 am #

    Love the pocket, my almost 4 year old is obsessed with notebooks (like her mama!) so she would love something like this. Great idea!

  10. Hind DP 04.30.2012 at 11:33 am #

    I think “Sew Darn Cute” is a very accurate description. I can definitely see myself making that for my daughters in the future.

  11. greatjencreations 04.30.2012 at 11:47 am #

    That’s fabulous! My daughter adores pandas too, and she turns 6 in August. If I start now, maybe I could actually finish one by then!

  12. Cindy 04.30.2012 at 11:48 am #

    Sooo cute, Anna!!:) And I love the yoga pants- you are so good at sewing with knits!!

  13. Michelle Jensen 04.30.2012 at 12:02 pm #

    WOW, I love it. I wish I were six :( That is super cute and I am so glad you posted it. I have been looking at all these stuffed adorable things for quite some time and yours just pushed me over the edge. I will attempt one in a while, which might turn out to be a long time. Anyway, thanks for sharing 😉

  14. Jeannie 04.30.2012 at 12:15 pm #

    I think she is going to love it too!! I have that book and it has a lot of cute things in it.

  15. Vanessa 04.30.2012 at 1:27 pm #

    beyond cute! love all the little details :)

  16. Sarah 04.30.2012 at 1:53 pm #

    So so Cute! I love the twill tape at the neckline. What a great twist on the pattern. Pinning it!

  17. Jessie @ Messy Jesse 04.30.2012 at 2:00 pm #

    soo sweet Anna! I’m sure she will be in love with it :)

  18. kristin 04.30.2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Super cute, Anna. LOVE the panda bear. Maybe I need to figure out how to add an elephant nose. 😉

  19. susiecontreras 04.30.2012 at 2:14 pm #

    New reader! I love your blog and that panda is too cute! I have an idea brewing for a softie to make for my daughter too… possibly a lion of some sort because I want to have fun making the mane. LOL. I love handmade toys. :)

  20. marysza 04.30.2012 at 3:01 pm #

    i think she will love it too!!! i would love it haha 😀 it’s soooo cute!!

  21. Jess@craftiness is not optional 04.30.2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Such an adorable Panda, Anna! She’s going to love it!

  22. luvinthemommyhood 04.30.2012 at 4:10 pm #

    Awwww…this is adorable!!!! I can’t believe she is going to be 6! Wowsa!!! Love it hun!

  23. dottycookie 04.30.2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Oh, now that panda is gorgeous!

  24. Katy Cameron 04.30.2012 at 6:23 pm #

    So cute, happy birthday to her!

  25. Louise 04.30.2012 at 8:21 pm #

    Very cute, my daughter would love this too. She is lucky in that she’s the oldest of her friends, but she was also one of the last to lose her first tooth, and that was a source of much anxiety for her 😉

  26. DKB 04.30.2012 at 8:43 pm #

    really cute, my 4yo likes pandas too. in our house they are called ‘boom boom’. dont know how that got started

  27. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny 04.30.2012 at 9:03 pm #

    Adorable! I love the pocket.

  28. VickiT 04.30.2012 at 10:26 pm #

    Adorable. Any child would love to have that I’m sure.

  29. ayumills 04.30.2012 at 11:03 pm #

    SO CUTE!!! The heart eyes and the little pockets are just icing on the cake!

  30. Tatkis 05.01.2012 at 1:38 am #

    Such a lovely panda – absolutely cute!


  31. Mhairi 05.01.2012 at 6:39 am #

    These are lovely. I thought you were making these as the party bags for her party. I thought it was a brilliant idea, still do. Think I might have to remember this idea and do it for my little ones next party.

  32. Leíse França Cruz 05.01.2012 at 7:33 am #

    Muito lindo!/ AMEI!!!!!!!!Quero fazer um pandianha também. Obrigada por compartilhar. Beijos, :-)leíse.

  33. Rachel Hauser 05.02.2012 at 1:34 pm #

    It’s adorable, Anna! Of course she’ll love it. Smart to think ahead about a little tooth pocket. That first lost tooth is SOOO exciting (and the 7th too). Aria got earrings from the tooth fairy on her first tooth, which we figured meant it was time for a piercing. Such fun!

  34. kendascrafts 05.02.2012 at 4:09 pm #

    that’s adorable!

  35. Dahlia 05.03.2012 at 12:45 am #

    It’s just darling! She’s so lucky to have you as her momma :)

  36. Delia 05.03.2012 at 11:11 am #

    I love it! So cute and original. You are one fantastic mom.

  37. traci 05.05.2012 at 10:02 pm #

    I have that book and I have made a few things. I haven’t made the bear, but I love how yours turned out. Guess I will have to try it.

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