Do a quick search for panda on Etsy and you’ll find over 5000 handmade pandas. There are only 1600 pandas left in the wild… it’s much easier to rustle up a little black and white bear out of fabric scraps and thread than it is to make sure these gentle giants are still here for the next generation.
At the moment, I don’t have the time to sell these or donate them to an animal welfare charity, but I hope that seeing them makes people remember the plight of wild pandas, even if just for a moment.
Whenever I make a teddy, it’s up to me to decide what expression I give it – happy, sad, contrary, puzzled? These pandas definitely had to be a little mournful. How could they be anything else when they’re facing extinction? Giving teddies a personality and expression gives me a strange feeling of creation and power… mwahahaha! But seriously – that’s the beauty of handmaking something – so many decisions go into it. Next time you unwrap a handmade gift, don’t think something like this quote from LucyKate. It’s not the cheap or thoughtless option: remember the process, thought, time and love that went into it and how much more that is worth! NB: I am fortunate enough NOT to have come across this attitude from my loved ones.
This last one is an iPhone case – made of leftover leather and in tasteful zombie green because I was out of white felt! However, it’s a little bit of a squeeze to get the iPhone in – note to self. Make sure you *have* an iPhone handy when making a pouch for it! Now, where’s that birthday list?