I'm hosting a Blessing Way for a dear friend this weekend and just completed a family of pandas for the new-to-be big sister. It's a tradition that a family of handmade animals is given to the child awaiting a new baby sibling during their Welcome to Big Sisterhood Celebration. She said her favorite animal was a panda, so my friends and I collaborated on this bunch. Oh my! Don't they each have their own personality?
While designing them, I was inspired by this adorable face. I used this pattern but changed it a bit so they could stand up. Now they will go down in history with the families of dogs, birds, frogs, orcas, and owls that eased other big sisters into their new roles.