I know how you feel. You are about to leave for a well deserved vacation but as you were just about to close the suitcase, you noticed you were missing a crucial item: a pair of stuffed bunnies. How lucky: today I show you how to make your own!
They were initially designed to make travelling easier: the plan was to leave the larger one at home and pack only the smaller one. Now I’m not sure the kids will agree on separate them. I’ll keep you posted.
My mummy and baby are both made with the same cotton fabric but you could as well pick two different ones. The mummy is about 28 cm (11”) and the baby is about 18 cm (7”) high. They are made of two simple pieces and lightly stuffed. Eyes and nose are hand stitched.
This is an easy project requiring only basic sewing skills. The bunny stitching can be done by hand or machine, depending on your own preference. It can be completed in 1 to 2 hours. it is inexpensive as you could very re use some fabric from your stash: only a little bit is needed.
Besides basic sewing tools (cissors, needle or sewing machine), you will need:
- Fabric: one 30×30 cm (12×12”) piece for the mummy and a 20×20 cm (8×8”) piece for the baby.
- Matching thread.
- Embroidery floss for eyes and nose. Choose colours that can be seen on the fabric and won’t blend in (I went for blue and pink).
- Template: downloadable for free here.
1 – Cut out
Using the paper template provided, cut two pieces of the mummy bunny and two pieces of the baby bunny.
2 – Stitch eyes and nose
Pick one of the mummy piece to be the front one. Using 3 threads out of 6 of your embroidery floss, make:
- 2 parallel stitches for each eye ;
- 1 cross stitch for the nose.
Close up of face stitches can be seen on picture 2.
3 – Stitch the body
Pin the two mummy pieces together so right sides are facing one another. Sew around using a 0.5 cm (1/4”) seam allowance, leaving a 5 cm (2”) opening on one side as shown on picture 3.
4 – Turn
Turn the bunny right side out through the opening. Make sure the opening edges are folded in. Press the seam flat (see picture 4).
5 – Filling
Fill in the bunny in this order: ears, head, arms, legs and belly. Close the opening with a ladder stitch. If you’re not sure about the ladder stitch, I found this video which explains very well how to do it.
6 – Make the baby bunny
Repeat steps 2-5 for the baby bunny.
Here you go, ready to pack and fly away! Do you like packing home made items as much as I do?