We love dress-up in our house. Pretend play encourages imagination and increases emotional and thinking skills. Plus it’s tons of fun! You will always find princess dresses and
towels superhero capes in our playroom, but I wanted to add some props for our animal play.
I made 2 of these panda masks, and they’ve become an instant hit. They also go great with a princess dress and cape.
- Black felt
- White felt
- Sewing elastic (I used 34 cm for a toddler)
- White thread
- Black thread
- freezer paper (optional)
- Sewing machine or a needle and plenty of patience
Note: For a no-sew option, glue would probably work. For the smile, you could use fabric paint.
Step 1: Cut out
Step 2: Pin the back white and black masks together and sew around the eyes.
Step 3: Insert the ends of the elastic between the two pieces of felt just above the middle of the eye holes, and sew in place.
Step 4: Attach the front white mask by sewing around the outside and eyes.
Step 5: Attach mouth then nose by sewing just inside outside edge
Step 6: Sew smile with black thread
Step 7: Run around the house roaring, even though that’s not what pandas do.