As spring is just around the corner, and Easter already in sight, we thought we would share our Easter Bunny make with you. Visit our shop to buy a bunny kit or if sewing is not your thing, let us make one for you. For your free pattern, follow the links from above the Country Living magazine found on the top right hand corner of our Homepage.
Our little friends are made from finest merino blankets, stuffed with local lavender and tiny shiny millet seeds, or fleece from the flock just up the road. You can use reclaimed fabric from shrunken jumpers, any blanket or wool fabric or felt. The fabric needs to have a little stretchiness to it and be tightly woven enough so that the millet and lavender can not work their way through between the threads. You can fill them like ours or use toy stuffing available from craft and sewing stores.
You can also make little carrots for them from scraps of orangey material.
You will need
Paper pattern and paper scissors
Wool blanket or felted jumper
Sewing thread the same colour as your material
Tailors chalk or soluble fabric pen
Sewing Scissors (I keep mine hidden as a couple of cuts through paper can really take the sharp edge off)
Embroidery thread and needle for face detail
Stuffing, sheep’s wool or lavender and millet seeds
Ribbon for Bow
Orange felt or wool fabric.
Green ribbon or leaf shapes of fabric
Felt or wool fabric
Tips and hints
If your favourite jumper ends up in the wrong wash and shrinks, save it for this project. My first bunnies were made of very expensive four ply cashmere washing mistakes!
You can buy the kit or a finished bunny from our shop or download the template from the PATTERNS link of the COUNTRY LIVING section on the top right hand corner of our homepage.
Cut around the pattern to make the outline of the bunny. If you are going to make lots of these, try making a fabric template as these move around less than the paper ones.
Use chalk or one of the special water soluble fabric pens to draw around the outline onto the wrong side of the material. This will be your sewing line. Cut around this shape roughly, about 2cms from the sewing line. Use this shape as a pattern to cut the back of the bunny.
Place the two fabric pieces Right sides together and pin in place.
Starting at the right shoulder, and using a small straight stitch, sew all around the bunny until you reach the base of the right ear. Don’t forget to over sew the first and last couple of stitches so that it is good and strong.
TRIM AROUND THE BUNNY REALLY WELL AT THIS STAGE. SNIP CAREFULLY UP TO THE STITCHING LINE UNDER THE ARMS AND BETWEEN THE EARS AND LEGS OR IT WILL NOT TURN AROUMD FULLY.
Remove the pins and then turn the bunny right side around. Use the handle of a wooden spoon or blunt end of a pencil to push out the skinny ears, legs and arms.
Start to stuff. Push the stuffing right down into the ends of the ears, arms and legs. Use the wooden spoon again to pack the stuffing in. Check that that the whole bunny if as full as possible and then hand sew the opening closed to mirror the other side of the bunnies face. Use little stitches and secure the thread well and snip it off.
Use the same thread to sew a line of stitches right through the body of the bunny, from his shoulder to underarm to add definition to the arms.
For the eyes and nose details, draw out your bunnies face on paper first so you know what you are aiming at. Take a darning needle and dark wool or embroidery thread, push the needle in through the back of the head and add the two little round eyes first. Add a mouth and joined up nose too, secure the thread with a couple of stitches and push the needle through to the back of the head. Cut off the loose ends.
Cut a triangle of orange fabric, place little cut out leaves or lengths of ribbon all along one side and sew them in place on the machine. Roll up the triangle into a tight, carrot shaped cone, with the leaves at the top, and hand sew along the edge of the carrot so it cannot unroll.
Sewn on jacket
Use the paper template of the whole bunny and create a simple jacket shape by drawing as line at the neck, waist and wrists . Cut it out create a pattern. Draw around the pattern and then cut out two jacket shapes. Leave the back one as it is, and snip a v shape out of the neck of the other.
Handsew the jacket to the bunny all the way round the seams and under the arms, joining the fabric together as you sew up the arms.
Finally, hand sew your bunnies paws together so he can hold his carrot and add a little pompom if you have one for a tail.