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Project

Stuffed Menswear Bunny

Suiting fabrics are an unconventional but charming choice for making toy bunnies. Bright cotton shirting adds a surprising pop of color inside the ears.

Introduction

The pattern for this bunny is more than one page. You can assemble the sheets by matching the number "1" in the circle on each page corner and then taping them together accordingly.

Materials

  • 2 menswear fabrics (such as wool flannel and cotton shirting)
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • Iron
  • Fill
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Bunny template

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Sew arms and ears: print pattern pieces, and cut out. From wool flannel, cut out 2 body pieces, 4 arm pieces, and 2 ear pieces. Cut 2 more ear pieces from cotton shirting.

  2. Step 2

    Pin 2 arm pieces together, right sides facing; stitch with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, leaving base open. Repeat for remaining 2 arm pieces and for ear pieces, using 1 wool piece and 1 shirting piece for each ear and leaving base open. Turn arms and ears right side out.

  3. Step 3

    Press with iron so edges lie flat.

  4. Step 4

    Sew body: pin body pieces together, right sides facing, below the neckline, leaving an opening for each arm: 1 inch on 1 side, 2 inches on the other (for adding fill later).

  5. Step 5

    Sew lower portion of body (below neckline) with a 1/4-inch seam allowance; with scissors, notch area where legs meet. Fold in bottom corners of each ear so edges overlap slightly at the center of base; pin in place between body pieces, so ears are beneath head and their unsewn edges are flush with body's perimeter. Pin and sew around head.

  6. Step 6

    Stuff and assemble bunny: turn body right side out. Stuff body and arms with fill, using the 2-inch opening for body. Hand-sew arms to body, and slip-stitch to close larger opening.

  7. Step 7

    Add features: mark placement of eyes and nose with pins. Create each feature with embroidery floss and needle, using a single running stitch.

Reviews (6)

  • abbsmcnabbs 17 Apr, 2014

    The pattern is super easy but why is it on four pages? It fits easily within one 8-1/2x11" piece of paper. What a waste.

  • Maryangella 25 Feb, 2014

    Que bonito y sencillo este conejito, otro de mis proyecto por hacer.

  • theblithebee 20 Dec, 2013

    I made this bunny today for my granddaughter, and I found the directions (and pattern) very easy to follow. I think the bit that makes the pattern look "off" is the circle in the middle. It's an alignment tool, not a pattern piece that you will cut out. So, go ahead and print off your four pages. Once you piece them together I think it will all make sense. Thank you for the pattern, Martha!

  • hirvike 28 May, 2013

    I agree that the patern seems to be wrong. Can you please check. I'm dying to make a cute bunny like this.:-)
    Thanks.

  • Obi1Designs 19 Mar, 2013

    Tip re: pattern is at top of page

  • reparada 7 Mar, 2013

    There is something awry with the template - please take a look