Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Still in (Panda) Love!

Well, what can I say?  Still in (Panda) love here.  And might be for awhile longer!  Pandas are furry and chubby and as cute as can be.  I remember how fun it was to teach my first graders that contrary to popular belief Pandas are NOT bears.  One little guy got really big eyes and said, "But, my mommy always says where's your panda bear?"   Hard to say that Mommy is wrong, right? 

First up is this adorable Felt Panda case.  It's perfect for lip gloss, coins or even a gift card.  The dies from Papertrey Ink make this super easy!

See how the die cuts the sewing holes?  Amazing!  The case can be turned the other way as well, making a long case.   The zipper can also be moved to a different location.

It's also amazing how easy it is to put in a zipper.  Put it in place, unzip it and sew around the opening.  Take time to poke out all the little holes that are still intact.  For a details on how this little coin purse goes together, Papertrey Ink has a video HERE.

First step in creating the felt panda face, is to adhere Heat N Bond to it.  The Heat N Bond makes the felt very stable, easy to cut and adhere to the purse.

If you use a Silhouette to cut the panda face, remove the paper backing before placing it on the cutting mat.  I started with THIS file and modified it.  I made the eyes bigger and used black brads for the pupil.  I die cut black circles and cut away a little at the bottom to create the ears.  I also added a little top knot right on top of her head and a line of embroidery to her nose.

Next up is some really cute Panda stationery.  The sweet pink panda image is free from Wild Olive.  I printed 6 pandas large:  they are about 6 3/4" x 8 1/4" on 80lb paper.  That feels nice for stationery and is still easy to fold to put in the envelope.

My envelope punch board came in handy to whip up the envelopes.  The envelopes are sized to fix a 4 x 5 card.  I folded in the panda's arms and then folded him in half.  That worked perfectly.  I printed the pandas a lot smaller onto sticker paper to create envelope seals.

For giving, I stacked the pandas on top of the envelopes and tucked in a couple of bonus pandas.  You can tell in the photo above that I popped the seals in a small glassine bag and tied it to the front.  

Hope you enjoyed two more panda projects and you're not running for the door, I'll probably have at least a couple more!

I wanted to take a moment and thank all of you that have signed up for the Choux Box Kits Club.  If you're interested, click here or on the link at the top of the page.

And one last quick note, I really want to respond to SPPRCRFTER (who asked me to send an email).  Your email isn't on your profile.  Please email me (click on the link in the right sidebar) and I'll email you.  Thank you!


  1. aww I have got to get that die.. how totally cute.. love that little panda.. so fun

  2. Oh Lori this set is delightful. Keep the pandas coming - they are soooooooooooo cute.
    Toni xx

  3. Wonderful wonderful creations. That little purse is super sweet and those note cards super cute! TFS and have a great day.

  4. OMW!!!! This is so cute! I love all your panda goodies!

  5. Lori, You are amazingly talented! Oh my goodness, these pandas are adorable. Love that Zipper Die, too. How smart is that?! Thank you for you cute ideas :)

  6. So very sweet and we'll done! I am still loving my Sunshine cutting board!!!
    Sandy xx

  7. These are soooo CUTE Lori..Loz

  8. Awww...sweet pandas!!! Your panda coin purse is the cutest ever! I did order that die from PTI! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  9. Sometimes words are not enough Lori, and I think this is one of those moments where I can only sigh and say 'wow'! Your panda creations are over the top gorgeous and terribly adorable!! Love them!
    Ira’s Crea Corner

  10. Oh my....Wow, Such Super Adorable project. I love love the sweet purse, I must try this!

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