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DIY Taxidermy: Meet MoMo

20 November, 2015

According to the National Zoo, Giant Panda cubs don’t open their eyes until they are 6 to 8 weeks old. They aren’t even mobile until 3 months.

According to Commonthread, pandas are too adorable for words and can help transform your home into a warm, comforting place.

That’s why we can’t get enough of this panda pattern. It’s a play on taxidermy, but instead of being all about the kill, it’s all about the cute. It brings whimsy and individuality into a space.

We’ve even named ours over here: MoMo. And let me tell you, it’s very hard to be in a bad mood when he’s around. He’s small, but joyful. We may also tell him our problems (but you didn’t hear that from me).

Get the tutorial below.

 supplies1

Materials:

  • white felt 18” x 8”
  • black felt 4” x 7”
  • embroidery scissors
  • DMC embroidery needle size 5
  • Fabric marker
  • DMC Mouliné embroidery thread 310
  • DMC Mouliné embroidery thread Blanc
  • polyester fibrefill stuffing
  • wood board
  • hot glue gun
  • hard plastic circle (4” diameter)
  • printed patterns (the patterns are to scale)

Finished measurements: approx 4” ½ x 4” ½ x 4” ½

 

DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN HERE

DOWNLOAD THE STITCH GUIDE HERE

 

Pattern

Instructions: 

STEP 1

Cut the paper patterns along the line. Trace each pattern piece to the felt with a fabric marker and cut out (the amount and colour required is marked on each pattern piece).

Stitching

STEP 2 

Place two ears together. Using 2 strands of DMC Mouliné embroidery thread 310 blanket stitch all around the curved part.

Repeat for the other ear.

STEP 3

Lay the eye onto the eye patch as shown and blanket stitch all around the circle with 2 strands of DMC Mouliné embroidery thread Blanc.

Repeat for the other eye.

 

STEP 4

Using 2 strands of DMC Mouliné embroidery thread 310 embroider the eye detail with some long stitches.

Repeat for the other eye.

 

STEP 5

Place together the top of the head and to one side of the head. Using 2 strands of DMC Mouliné embroidery thread Blanc blanket stitch the two pieces starting at the top of the head and finishing in the chin.

Repeat on the other side.

 

STEP 6

Using 2 strands of DMC Mouliné embroidery thread Blanc blanket stitch from the chin to the bottom.

 

STEP 7

Pin the eye patches in place and blanket stitch them using 2 strands of DMC Mouliné embroidery thread 310.

 

STEP 8

Pin the nose in place and blanket stitch it using 2 strands of DMC Mouliné embroidery thread 310.

 

STEP 9

Draw the mouth with the fabric marker. Embroider the mouth with back stitch using 2 strands of DMC Mouliné embroidery thread 310.

 

STEP 10

Pin the ears in place and using 2 strands of DMC Mouliné embroidery thread 310 ladder stitch in place on both sides at the base of the ear.

 

STEP 11

Place together the back of head circle and the panda piece and join them together half of the way with blanket stitch using 2 strands of DMC Mouliné embroidery thread Blanc.

 

STEP 12

Stuff with the polyester fibrefill stuffing and introduce the plastic circle. Continue closing the panda with blanket stitch using 2 strands of DMC Mouliné embroidery thread Blanc.

 

STEP 13

Place the panda head in the center of the wood bord. Use the hot glue gun to glue the panda to the wood board.

What did you name your panda?

Taxidermy

Viva la Handmade Revolution!

The Commonthread Team