After being asked by a few people for the pattern of the cute little bunnies I posted about last week, I have provided a step by step tutorial for everyone wanting to make one or a few of these little hares.
You will need the following:
Fabric approximately 8" x 9" of your choice
6" or 8" x ribbon of your choice for the collar
Matching thread for closing the bottom
Stuffing of your choice & Stuffing tool ( or chopstick)
Erasable pen or chalk
Usual sewing items, needle, sewing machine, etc.
Finished size of the bunny is approximately 3" wide at the base and 7" high.
Download the pattern HERE, print out and make a template from plastic. You don't need to do this step and can just use the paper pattern as printed. I like the template plastic when making more than one as it is easy to trace around after many times.
Note for printing: You may need to change printer scale to ensure it is the right size. I have included a scale of 3 inches so you can check, but you can make the pattern bigger or smaller as desired.
Fold the fabric in half wrong sides together so you now have a piece 8" by 4 -1/2 ",
checking that the bunny template fits on the fabric and there is a border all the way round. Trace the bunny in erasable pen or chalk. This will be your stitching line.
Using a sewing machine, stitch on the traced line starting at the bottom on one side coming all the way round to the other side. Keep the stitches small ( I used 1.5 on my machine) to prevent gaping. Leave open along the bottom.
Cut out the bunny using pinking shears close to the sewn line, being careful not to cut through your stitching. You can leave more of a fabric border, but I like mine closer to the stitching.
Stuff the bunny with small portions of fiber-fill using a chop stick or stuffing tool to get into the ears. Fill as firm or soft as desired.
When filled to your liking stitch the end closed. Just push up the stuffing a little and bring both sides together, pin or clip and stitch. I stitched one with a running stitch and one I tucked the raw ends in and slip stitched. When stitched just fluff the stuffing back down to the base.
Taking the piece of ribbon, tie a bow around the neck and tidy up both ends. You can add a dab of glue to keep in place if necessary.
You are now done!
Enjoy your bunny, but watch out they can breed up into large numbers before you know it!