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How to make a felt panda puzzle (with free pattern)

Dear community,
in this blog post you can find detailed instructions for making a felt panda puzzle.


Felt panda puzzle

Following the theme of “Everything a child could wish for”, I have designed a new free embroidery file for you in the trial version of the new Bernina Embroidery Software 8. It’s a panda face puzzle, embroidered from felt.

The finished puzzle measures approx. 14 x 11 cm and is around 4 mm thick. It has a total of 6889 stitches. Making the puzzle  takes about 20 minutes. So you could easily get it finished by Christmas, however busy you are.
You can download the free embroidery pattern here.

Necessary materials

  • White felt 2 mm thick
  • Black felt 1 mm thick
  • Machine with embroidery facility
  • Black and white embroidery thread
  • Sharp scissors or cutter
  • Embroidery file
  • Optional Spray adhesive

Instructions for the panda puzzle

Download the embroidery file and load it onto your machine. Mount the 2 mm thick white felt in the embroidery hoop.

Weisser Filz ist eingespannt und es kann los gehen.

The white felt is mounted and ready to go.

First embroider the outline of the eyes and ears.

Die Augen- und Ohrenumrandung wird gestickt.

The outline of the eyes and ears is embroidered.

Lay the thinner black felt on the outlines. The next step is sewing this on.


Der schwarze Filz wurde festgesteppt. Ihr könnt ihn nahe der Naht zurückschneiden.

The black felt is sewn in place. You can now trim it close to the seam.

Trim the black felt close to the seam. With a little imagination you can already see a panda starting to emerge.

Man kann erahnen, dass es ein Panda wird.

Now the eyes and ears are embroidered in white,  then the face and eyebrows in black.

Das weiss der Augen und Ohren werden gestickt.

The white of the eyes and ears is embroidered.

Nun ist es definitiv ein Panda.

It’s now definitely a panda.

Remove the embroidery hoop from the machine. Please note: The embroidery file is still loaded. Lay a second piece of white felt on the back of the hoop. You can use some spray adhesive to fix it in place. Put the embroidery hoop back onto the machine.

Now it’s time to embroider the puzzle pieces. The piece of felt that was laid on the back is sewn too.


Die Puzzleteile werden gestickt.

The puzzle pieces are embroidered.

Das fast fertige Panda-Puzzle.

The panda puzzle is almost finished.

Die Rückseite

The back

Take the hoop out of the machine and remove the embroidered item. You can now cut out the puzzle pieces with shears or a cutter, and the sweet little panda puzzle is finished.

Nun müssen nur noch die Puzzleteile zugeschnitten werden.

Now it’s just a case of cutting out the puzzle pieces.



I hope you and the little ones have lots of fun with the panda puzzle – and happy holidays.

Yours, Céline

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    • Jasmin Graber

      Hi Helena,

      You will find the link further up in the article. Please click on it and check your downloads to see if you got the zip-file.

      Best wishes,


  • Ria Bekker

    I don’t have Software version 8, still using version 7. Don’t plan to buy V8. I am a pensioner and it is just not affordable for me. Will need a new laptop with Windows 10.

    Will I be able to make this Panda Puzzle with V7 on my Bernette embroidery machine

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