Penelope Panda – a free applique pattern

Penelope Panda - a free applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

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It’s the easiest, most fun way to make an applique quilt. You can do it!

The Bunches of Bears quilt pattern has thirteen different bears in it.

But you can never have enough bears! And it didn’t have a panda so I decided to make one more block – and make it free. 🙂

Here’s how to make it. (This video shows all the steps for working with fusible adhesive – if you’ve never done it before you’ll find it helpful.)

Step 1

Download the template pieces here.

Step 2

Trace or print the pattern onto the paper side of the fusible adhesive.

Penelope Panda - a free applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

I use this printable fusible adhesive so I just printed out the page. No tracing!

The image has already been reversed, so just trace or print. If you’re tracing, be sure to trace the facial features too. You’ll need those for Step 4.

Step 2

Rough cut around each shape and fuse it to the back of your fabric.

Penelope Panda - a free applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

Leave a little bit extra all the way around ­- a little extra extra (at least 1/4 inch) where there’s a dotted line, like the top of the shoulders and the base of the ears.

Step 3

Cut around each piece neatly. Cut directly on the solid lines.

Penelope Panda - a free applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

Leave a little seam allowance on the dotted lines ­- the top of the shoulders and the base of the ears will tuck behind the head.

Step 4

Remember when I told you to make sure you traced the facial features in Step 1? Now you’re going to use that. Hold the face up to a window so the light shines through it. You’ll be able to see the eye, and the adhesive will stabilize the fabric so you can trace on it without it crinkling up.

Penelope Panda - a free applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

I traced just inside the patches and the nose, and directly on the mouth.

Here you can see all the tracing I did – without the light shining through.

Penelope Panda - a free applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

Step 5

If you’re doing Quilt As You Go (I did) then you can quilt your block before adding the applique. So easy!

Cut your background fabric and a piece of 100% cotton batting 11 inches square.

Layer the block with a piece of 100% cotton batting. Quilt any pattern you like!

Penelope Panda - a free applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

Find all the Quilt As You Go tutorials here.

If you’ll do the quilting later, simply skip this step.

Step 6

Peel off the paper backing and arrange the pieces on a background block. Tuck the ears and the shoulders behind the head.

Remember -­ all the dotted lines indicate where pieces tuck behind other pieces.

Do NOT fuse down the black eyes yet.

Penelope Panda - a free applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

Fuse the pieces in place.

Step 7

Stitch around the grey eye backings using matching thread and just a simple straight stitch.

Penelope Panda - a free applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

This video has some tips for outlining those tight curves.

Step 8

NOW position the black eyes and fuse in place.

Penelope Panda - a free applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

Step 9

Outline all the pieces with black thread and a simple straight stitch – or choose your favorite decorative stitch.

Penelope Panda - a free applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

Done!

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If you’re making a one-block project, go ahead and finish it up!

If you’re making a bunch of panda blocks to join into a quilt -­ have fun!

What can you do with just one block pattern? Tons of things!

Check out this page I’ve been slowly building – 100 Things to Do with an Applique Pattern. 🙂

Have fun! And share a photo of what you make! You can share it in the Shiny Happy People group or tag it with #shinyhappyworld on Instagram.

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Happy sewing!

Best,
Wendi

4 COMMENTS

  1. Cathy Wilson SAYS...

    Thank you, Such an adorable panda.

  2. Lila SAYS...

    This is adorable! You are so talented. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  4. Cori w SAYS...

    Thanks, love this and the ideas. I would love to make this as a large blanket.

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