Panda pillow tutorial

I followed the tutorial in French and pattern at Cré enfantin except for the head which I drew myself because I wanted to make it large enough so that a child could use it as a bed pillow.


  • 2 colour fabrics on white and black
  • felt scraps in black
  • Heat n Bond for the eyes, nose and inside of ears
  • thick cotton thread for the mouth
  • polyfill

The width of the pillow is 17 inches. The size of the head in the original pattern though is proportional to the body. You need to increase the panda head on the pattern to a width of 17 inches or draw one by hand instead like me.


You need:


  • 4 arm pieces, cut 2 out of each colour (patte superieure) – cut 2 to with the curve facing right and 2 with the curve facing left
  • 4 leg pieces, cut 2 out of each colour (patte inferieure) – cut 2 to with the curve facing right and 2 with the curve facing left


  • 2 black felt ovals for the centre of the eye
  • 2 white/cream pieces
  • 2 black pieces
  • 2 pieces for the head, white/cream for the front, black for the back


  • 4 ear pieces in black
  • 2 ear pieces in white/cream for the inside


  • 2 pieces in black, one for the back and one for the torax (corps and poitrail)
  • 1 white/cream piece for the abdomen (corps)

Tail and nose

  • 1 round white piece (queue)
  • 1 black triangle for the nose


All seam allowances are 1/4 inch.

Cut all the applique pieces and iron on the panda’s face and ears.

Stitch pieces in place using cream/white thread.

Stitch around the mouth with thick black cotton.

Stitch panda’s ears right sides together and turn inside out.

Place back and front of head right sides together and pin the ears in place with the ear touching the right sides of the head. Pin sides of head and stitch around leaving a 4 inch opening at the neck level.

Turn head inside out and fill with polyfill.

Assemble the body as per final photo.

Arms are very tiny and quite difficult to turn inside out.

Fill body and attach to head as per photo.

Christmas tree softie tutorial (old version)

There are a number of tree softies tutorials around which I used to come up with my tree softies in 3 sizes. Some of them are listed here

On the other hand, if you’re interested in an improved version of the softie that sits a lot better, see my Patchwork Christmas tree softie tutorial (photo below). If you’re not interested in the patchwork that’s fine, you can still use the method to produce a tree softie just as easily.

Materials for the old version of my tree softie

Fabric scraps in matching colours


Make two triangles with the following measurements:

Large triangle

  • Base 6 inches
  • Height 9 inches

Cut a rectangle 9 in x 12 in *

Small triangle

  • Base 5 7/8 inches
  • Height 7 1/2 inches

Cut a rectangle 7 1/2 in x 12 in *

Optional: Larger triangle (see bottom set of trees at the bottom of this tutorial)

  • Base 7 inches
  • Height 10 inches

Cut one rectangle 14 in x 10 in *

I’m using 2 fabrics for each tree to make the rectangles above. When using 2 fabrics, add 1/4 seam allowance to each side of the fabric.

Stitch fabrics leaving 1/4 seam allowance.

Either cut the rectangles in half or fold in half with right sides together.

Place rectangles on top as a guide and cut using a rotary cutter and a square ruler.

Turn inside out and add any embellishments such as ric rac or leave as is.

Fill with polyfill.

Use the cone to draw a circle on carboard and cut.  Use the cardboard to cut a felt round.

Place a stone inside to weight the tree, then the cardboard and finally the felt.

Stitch the base to the sides with matching cotton thread.

The fabrics match the my Little Forest wall hanging.

Merry Christmas wallhanging tutorial

Christmas embroidery wallhanging

  • Calico or cream coloured fabric
  • Fabric scraps for border and binding
  • Matching fabric to cover buttons


  • Stranded cotton in red, light and dark green and gold


  • 2 self cover buttons

Embroidery stitches used

  • Stem stitch for bird
  • Long stitch for stars
  • Back stitch for everything else


Calico fabric: 12.5in x 8.5 in for the embroidery.

Border: 2 x strips of 11.5 in x 3.5 in and 2 strips of 8.5 in x 3.5 in

Binding: a strip of 2.5 in wide fabric. Fold in half before stitching to the quilt sandwich

Embroidery pattern by Gail Pan Designs. I could not find the original pattern again but this one is also free or this one.
Christmas embroidery wallhanging

Little Forest wall hanging for Christmas

Little forest wall hanging - easy Christmas quilt for beginners

This is a good pattern to use fabric scraps.

Pattern and instructions at The purl bee website.

The size of the finished wall hanging / quilt, placement of trees and colours used can be adjusted to suit your preferences.

Detailed instructions on:

Use the finished trees as a guide to cut the white rectangles.

My Little Forest is stipple quilted and the border fabric matches the tree trunk fabric.

The finished wall hanging.

Little forest wall hanging - easy Christmas quilt for beginners

Little forest wall hanging - easy Christmas quilt for beginners