PaiPai & PeiPei
Finished size: 9.5″ tall
Download and print separately: Sock Panda Pattern Template
Description: PaiPai & PeiPei are twin brother-sister sock panda and they have one common goal in their life, they want to be at their very best looking all the time. However, they both have different personality. [Read more at the Preface Story]
1. Microfiber chenille sock, Black & White, 1 of each.
2. Button eye 9mm, black, 2; or equivalent button (as eyes)
3. Safety Nose 22mm, black, 1; or equivalent button (as nose)
4. White felt – 1″ x 1″, to mark 2 x 0.5″ circles (as the white of the eyes)
5. Poly-fill stuffing material
6. Sewing threads (matching colors)
7. Sock Panda Pattern Template
1. Sewing machine, or, you can hand-sew without machine
2. Long sewing needle (at least 2″), tapestry needle and pins
3. Water Soluble Fabric Marker
4. Light color marker, I used silver marker to mark the black sock
6. Blunt point tweezers
7. Spray bottle filled with water
8. Printer and card stock for templates
Seam Allowance: approx. 1/4″
Always massage the stuffing to loosen the lumps. Roll any long tubular parts with both hands to smooth out the lumps, it will also help to make the parts longer and firmer.
Prepare and gather all the materials and tools as listed above.
Always prewash the socks before sewing (wash dark color separately).
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Print out the sock panda pattern template and cut out the head, ears, arms, eye marking and white of eye pieces from the printed paper or card stock.
Turn the socks to wrong-side, lay the sock flat with heel part facing up, pin.
Trace the template outlines on the wrong-side of the socks, these lines are the sewing lines (red dashed lines) as shown in the picture.
I used silver sharpie marker to lightly trace on the black sock and blue water soluble fabric marker on the white sock.
Cut the body, shoulder and leg pieces out by following the blue lines.
Place the shoulder piece to the top edge of the white body piece and place the leg piece to the bottom edge respectively.
Turn the black pieces right-side out and insert into the white body piece, align the edges, pin and sew around.
The body of the panda after attaching the black pieces (with wrong-side facing outside).
Lay the body part flat with heel facing upward (still with wrong-side facing outside).
Align the seam line, pin, trace the leg template onto the bottom black portion of the body.
Sew and trim.
Turn all pieces right-side out and stuff with poly-fill.
1. Mark the nose position, about 3/4 of the head.
2. Enlarge a hole with a pen
3. Install the safety nose and the back plate.
4. Rotate the nose to look straight.
Cut eye markings from the heel part of the black sock, bigger than the template. Trace and cut the white of eyes from felt.
Trace the outline of the eye marking template on the face, at a slant of about 30 to 45 deg angle.
Pin the eye marking, turn the raw edge in and sew with slip stitch or ladder stitch.
Sew to close the opening of the head with slip stitch or ladder stitch.
Position the white of eye felt piece onto the eye marking, pin, then place the black button eye to the top of the white felt. Sew the button and pull the thread to sink the eye towards the bottom of the head.
Repeat to sew the second eye to the panda.
Sew to close the bottom opening of the ear with slip stitch or ladder stitch.
Fold the ear and sew to join the bottom.
Position and pin the ears to the head. Sew around the bottom of the ears to bond them to the head.
The legs part is stuffed firmly with poly-fill stuffing material, reduce the denseness toward the top of the body.
Sew running stitch around the top opening of the body, pull the thread to close the opening.
Roll the body with both hands to smooth out the lumps, it will also help to make the body slender and firmer.
Mark a small circle at the bottom center of the head, this is where you are going to sew the body to the head. If needed, mark a similar size of the circle to the top of the body too so that you can keep track where to sew.
Pin the head to the body and sew around twice to make a firm bond between them.
Sew running stitch around the top opening of the arm after stuffing, pull the thread to close the opening. Roll the arm with both hands to smooth out the lumps and make it slender and firmer.
Pin the arm to the bottom of the head and sew around. The top of the arm is stitched to the head and part of the side is stitched to the body.
Repeat the same to attach the other hand to complete the sock panda.
Spray water to the sock panda to erase the blue markings. Shape it while it is still wet if needed. Set aside to let it dry.