Recently I received a strong spiritual directive from the universe: There should be bunnies and they should be dancing. You can’t fight this sort of thing so I’ve made a sewing pattern. It’s very easy and the result is charming, especially in a group. Plus I’ve included a few tips on getting smooth curves and stuffing along the way.
The thought appeared in my paintings first, I love the idea of a little troupe dancing through the forest. There’s room to play and embellish with details like buttons and ribbons and scraps of lace. You definitely have some tiny scrap of something that is destined for these bunnies.
Before we make the body let’s talk about the details. The features are super simple. You can trace the features on the right side of the fabric before you sew, marking with a pencil or disappearing marker. I used backstitch and 2 strands of embroidery thread. You will find this tip for hiding your knots helpful. The paws just have three little stitches on each.
The slippers are sharpie marker. Why not… You could embroider them if you like too. Add scraps and buttons and patches. A pink colored pencil is great for rosy cheeks or stitch on little pink patches. So many possibilities.
If you’d like to hang your bunnies make a large stitch on the back of the neck with embroidery thread. I hung my bunnies.
making the body
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you will also need:
- light cotton fabric
- basic sewing kit
- chopstick or similar
- stuffing (I like wool)
- embroidery thread
- scraps, buttons, lace etc.
1. Cut out the pattern and pin it on your doubled fabric -right sides together – and cut out. If you’d like to trace the face on do that now – on the right side of the fabric.
2. Carefully mark the 1/4 inch seam line on one piece – on the wrong side of on fabric.
3. Pin with right sides together and sew the seam by hand or machine. Leave open as indicated on the pattern.
4. Clip the curves as shown, being careful not to clip the seams. Also snip at each end of the opening. – indicated in red.
5. You can turn the bunny right side out just using the chopstick or you can turn the skinny parts first with a turning tool *buy one here (affiliate link) or try this method – cut a drinking straw in half -and pro tip – wrap it in packing tape so it will last forever. Dull one end of a bamboo skewer.
6. Inert the straw all the way into an ear or arm and push the fabric into the straw with the skewer while at the same time guiding the fabric towards the skewer. repeat for each ear, arm and leg.
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7. Turn the body right side out. Use the chopstick to push the tips of the limbs all the way out.
8. Pro tip – Run the end of the chopstick all around the seams using very firm pressure – this helps smooth the curves and fill out the shape.
9. Massage the small curves with your fingers a little.
10. Start stuffing the ears first. Add tiny bits of stuffing at a time and be sure to push it all the way in before adding more. Next do the arms and legs before the body. Take your time. I spend tons of time on the stuffing. There are a couple more tips below.
11. As you stuff close your eyes once in a while and feel. You’ll feel gaps and lumps you might not otherwise notice.
12. When the bunny is sufficiently stuffed turn in the edges of the opening and stitch about 2 thirds closed. Add a bit more stuffing if needed and then finish closing.
Pro tip – Place the bunny under a few books – For flat things like this it helps make a smooth finished surface. Let it hang out under the books for 30-ish minutes.
Jump back up to the top of the post for finishing details.