Panda Wall Decor and Ride-On Toy

Who doesn’t love these rollie-pollie bundles of joy?  Add some imaginative fun into any playroom, nursery, bedroom, etc with a panda decor piece or adventurous ride-on toy!

This panda is made using the Lion & Wildcat Ride-on Toy and Wall Decor Sewing Pattern and Tutorial.  With just a few small modifications you can hack the lion to make a bear!  I’ll show you how.

What You Will Need:

  • -Lion & Wildcat Ride-On Toy and Wall Decor Sewing Pattern and Tutorial
  • -Materials/Supplies listed in the above tutorial
  • -Supplemental Template for Muzzle & Eye Patch (link at the end of this tutorial)

Template Chart for Panda

The only modified template piece is piece 1C, the muzzle.  For the panda, the dart has been removed from the muzzle to make it more narrow.  You’ll find this template piece, and the eye patch template, at the bottom of this tutorial.  All the other templates are unmodified and located in the Lion & Wildcat Ride-On Toy and Wall Decor Sewing Pattern and Tutorial.

The panda pictured is made using Shannon Fabric’s Luxe Cuddle® Seal in Caviar (black) and Snow White.

Notation 1: The fabric choice is obviously a critical component of hacking this pattern, primarily the colors you choose.  Minky, fleece and fur are all good choices.   

Notation 2: Split Color: Chest, follow the instructions to create a split color template. I modified the “Neck Side” (2B) and the “Wall Backing (3B). The “Bottom Neck Gusset” (3D) is one solid color and is the location I used to draw my line from to split the neck side. 

Notation 3: The nose is the dimensional nose for the lion, however the flat nose option will work as well.

Notation 4: The eyes are placed slightly lower than on the lion as noted on the pattern template.

Notation 5: Create the eye pads in the same fashion as the lion eye pads in step 19. I didn’t use eyelids on my panda since I didn’t think she really needed them due to the fluff of the fabric, but you could absolutely apply some!