Panel Pets

Sometimes you can make a few simple projects from pre-printed fabric panels.  It’s a fun, fast and easy way to share the joy of sewing as you make your own stuffed panel pets.

The girls loved their completed Panel Pets

A few months ago, the girls and I found an adorable panel that contained 4 sets of Mama animals and their babies.  Belén and Eloise asked if we could please sew them up one afternoon.

The panel contained 4 different sets of animals

Belén was especially eager to help and she started to cut out the various pattern pieces for each set of animals.  Next, we paired the pieces right sides together and stitched them along the outer edge (as indicated on the panel).

Belén was a big help cutting out the pattern pieces of the panel

Sewing the opening closed on one of the piglets







Then we made small clips inside the seam allowance and turned the various pet pieces right sides out and pressed the seams.  Belén was a big help with part of the process.

B turning the sewn pieces

Belén turning one of the calves right side out







Of course, Toby wanted to get in the act too.  After I gave him a quick bath to clean him up from the snow, he entertained us all, as you can see.

In between sewing the pets together, I had to wash a real live pet!




The girls love to help groom Toby when he gets himself in snow and mud and then in the dog house (literally).




Toby was a lot of help as well

Toby can be quite the little dancer as he loves to play and dance with Belén.

Slowly, but surely, the panel pets began to take shape and the girls were excited.

Eloise was very excited to start playing with Mama Oink and her piglets







When we finished turning each of the animals to the right side, we stuffed them and sewed the seams shut.

Soon we we had finished a dozen panel pets, which  were now ready to be played with.


Belén holding Mama Moo and her calves

Mama Baa and her lambs






Mama Cluck and Chicks












It really is a fast and easy and, therefore, very fun projects to make with almost instant gratification.

Next time you are in a quilting store, check out their pre-printed panels and you may find your own little treasures.

What have you been sewing this month?  I’d love to hear about it.

Happy Sewing,



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