It’s Easter Day today! What else comes to mind but chocolate eggs, cute bunnies and yellow chicks? I was browsing my Facebook feed when I came across a blog post by Hobbycraft containing a tutorial on how to make a fabric bunny. Since I’ve been wanting to learn how to make proper plushies, I present to you my first experience of it!
I bought the fabric from a stall in the local indoor market, but the minimum purchase amount was a metre square. I didn’t actually need that much! Maybe I’ll save it for more bunnies in the future, haha.
You also needed some patterned fabric to go with the ears and the feet. I had spotty blue fabric on hand; I bought this from Cath Kidston a while back.
I might be at a slight disadadvantage… I don’t have a sewing machine, so everything is done by hand. This doesn’t present a huge problem in the early stages, but later, when you have to sew the body, a thimble proves quite useful.
Here are the feet turned inside out as well.
Finally, put all the limbs in place on a piece of the body, then sew the body pieces together. A new skill I learnt was how to make boxed corners. This kind of makes the product spread out/get larger in a sense at the bottom. A useful trick, especially when making bags!
Once fully stuff, the bottom seam has to be slipstitched; this is an invisible stitched that sews seams closed without being visible.
For some reason, the tutorial gets a little funky here; it says to sew the feet on the outside so it peaks up, but it looks slightly different to how it said to make it. So I improvised here; I stuffed the feet, sewed the ends up and then slipstitched the feet onto the front of the body.
Why button eyes? Well, at first I attempted to embroider eyes… Then I realised that black was actually really hard to see against the very dark grey fabric, haha.
I made a carrot by stuffing orange felt. The top is made of a green felt trim wrapping the carrot.
You’ll notice in the above picture that I made a face already. Well, that was done with cotton thread. However, since it’s calling “embroidering”, I decided to take it out and replace it with actual embroidery silk.
… And now my bunny’s gone off to steal my chocolate already. Give it back!
Materials: Grey cord fabric, blue polka dot fabric, orange felt, green felt, matching thread, embroidery thread, black buttons