Thursday, February 5, 2015

Precious Pandas - Photo Tutorial of Sewing the Pieces Together

As requested by a couple people, I have put together a photo tutorial of how to sew Precious Pandas together. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. 

The first thing you will need to do is crochet all the pieces of your panda. You can find the free pattern on Ravelry and on Craftsy.

With your yarn needle and the remaining tail from the head, sew the remaining hole closed.

Weave in and out of the last 5 sts remaining, pulling them to close. 

Cut the left over tail.

Next, you will sew the head and body together. 

Making sure your eyes are facing in the desired position, use pins to hold the head and body in place while you sew. 

With your yarn needle, sew back and forth between the body and the head, grabbing some yarn from each piece (the head and body) and pulling close.

Repeat around the entire head. You may want to go back around the head and body 2-3 times to ensure there are no openings anywhere.

Cut the remaining tail after sewing the head and body together.

Next, you will start sewing on the arms. Take your first arm and pin it to the last round of the body, right under the head.

Start sewing the arm by first sewing the outer sides onto the body.

Weave in and out of the arm and body, sewing each sc from the last round to the body.

Exit your yarn out through the back. 

Repeat to make your arm more sturdy. Pull tightly and cut yarn.

Repeat the same steps for the second arm.

Next you will sew the legs onto the bottom of the body. I sew my legs in a slight V shape.

When pinning the legs down I point the feet away from the nose.

Weave in and out with your yarn needle, through each stitch of the last round of the leg and through the body.

Exit out in the same way as the arms, which will make the legs more secure.

Repeat the same steps for the second leg.

Next, you will sew on the ears. Take extra care when deciding where to put your ears, the placement of your ears can dramatically change the character of your panda.

First sew the outer sides of the ear to the head. Then weave in and out through each stitch of the last round of the ear and through the head. 

Repeat the same steps for the second ear. 

 The last piece you have to sew together is the tail. Pin the tail to the bottom of the back.

Weave in and out of each stitch of the last round of the tail and through the body. You may want to go around 2-3 times more times to make your tail more secure.

The last step of your panda is to give him/her a nose. Cut about 2 feet of yarn. Thread your needle through one side and tying a knot on the other side. So your yarn will stay in place when sewing. 

Pull the yarn through the magic ring/ the first round of the head.

Create a V shape, about 2 -3 rows up from the beginning point, depending on how big of a nose you want to give your panda.

Weave your needle up and down, slowly filling in the nose.

With your yarn needle add 3-4 (or more if needed) lines across the top of the nose.

You can add a mouth shape to your panda or just one line down (like Precious the Purple Panda).

Your Panda is finished! Please feel free to share your pictures of your panda in my Ravelry group and/or my Facebook page

I hope you enjoyed crocheting this pattern and will crochet many more of my patterns in the future!

Precious Pandas CAL

The Precious Pandas CAL started a little over a week ago, I have already seen such cute and adorable pandas being created!

You can join in on this fun, free, CAL in my Ravelry group and on my Facebook page. Feel free to share pictures of your cute panda(s) in either place.

You can find the pattern free on Ravelry by clicking HERE, or on Craftsy by clicking HERE.

The Precious Pandas CAL will be up until February 20th in my Ravelry group, but of course you can keep making many more pandas after this date as well. Precious the Purple Panda will remain a free pattern.
On February 21st, if you have a project page set up on Ravelry with a picture of your finished panda and have shared a picture of your panda in the group thread, you will be entered in a random drawing using to win ANY pattern of your choice from my Ravelry Store. Only 1 entry per person, if you make 10 pandas you will still be entered in the drawing only once. I will gift two people with the pattern of their choice.
Coming later today I will also post a photo tutorial of how to sew Precious Pandas together and a pattern for Precious the Purple Panda's dress.