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Here's how to make a heated pillow with a panda cover: perfect as a hand warmer for a grown-up, or a cozy cot toy for the little ones.

These are the items you'll need:
Light coloured fleece
Dark coloured fleece (this doesn't have to be in trad Panda colours)
Pure cotton/calico - patterned material is fine as long as it is 100% cotton
Polyester fibre filling (or a pillow you're willing to destroy)
Dry 'meal' filling such as flaxseed, uncooked rice, cherry stones
Dressmaker's pencil or Tailor's chalk
Matching cotton thread
Hand sewing needles
Air erasable pen or light pencil
Embroidery thread (optional)
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Step 1:

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First you'll need to download the pattern I've created here:

The pattern I've provided is merely a guide, and it creates a Panda that's about twelve inches tall from top to toe.

Cut out the two pieces for the head from the light coloured fabric.  Set aside for now.

Cut out the front body piece and the two back pieces ensuring that the top back body is cut from the dark/contrasting fabric.  Set these aside, for now, as well.

Step 2:

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For the limbs and ears we're going to make our lives as easy as possible!  Fold the dark/contrasting fabric in half and pin into place: now pin the pattern piece/pieces on top of the folded fabric.  Take a dressmaker's pencil or some tailor's chalk and draw around the pattern piece(s) - this chalk mark will be your sewing line.  Sew over the chalk line, making sure to leave an opening as indicated on the pattern piece.

Decide how much seam allowance you want around the pieces and cut out (I think 3 or 4mm is about enough for a medium weight fleece.)

Turn the ears right side out and set to one side.

Step 3:

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Turn the limbs right side out and stuff with polyester fibre, leaving approximately 1cm un-stuffed at the opening.

Ikadeo2 years ago
D'awww. I want one. :)
The Rambler2 years ago
That's a great idea, and the panda is so cute!