My recently-turned-5 year old has been nagging me for months to sew him a bunny. Really, he wants a whole family of bunnies, but he has to settle for just one! Being stingy as I am, I decided to make up a pattern rather than buy one. So now I am going to share it with you! AND, I am giving one Boo-Boo Bunny away -- see the end of the post!
This cuddly bunny is made of fleece and flannel to be extra snuggly. He has bendy poseable ears, because they contain pipecleaners, and he has sewn on felt facial features so that there are no choking hazards for little ones. He has a fluffy tail at the back, and on his front he has a pouch where you can put a cold pack to help soothe those little bumps and bruises or a hot pack to make him more cuddly on a cold night.
Brown fleece (or whatever color you want!) -- less than half a yard
Flannel scraps (I cut up an old baby blanket)
Fleece scraps for facial features
4. Place the flannel bunny belly piece on the fleece bunny body and stitch in place around the curved edge, leaving the flat top open.
5. Placing right sides together, sew the rice bags (hot/cold pack) pieces together, leaving a small opening for later filling with rice.
6. For the bunny ears, place one fleece piece and one flannel piece right sides together and sew around the curved edge. Leave the straight edge open. Repeat for the second ear.
7. For the arms and legs, place two fleece pieces right sides together and sew around the cuved edge. Leave the straight edge open. Repeat for the other 3 arms/legs.
8. This is what you should now have:
9. Turn right side out:
12. To make the ears bendy, you need to insert a bent pipecleaner (chenille stem) in each ear:
13. To give the ears shape, hold them as shown in the picture:
14. Then sew a short line of stitches just behind the pipecleaner to hold this shape:
15. Now it is time to sew the facial features on. Cut out of felt and either hand stitch or machine stitch them in place. I like to use small ovals for the eyes and a heart for the nose.
17. Sew these in place close to the edge.
18. Now place the back body piece on top of the whole mess and pin it well.
20. Turn right side out through the opening between the legs. (Sorry my toe is in the picture!)
21. Stuff with polyfil. I had a helper.
22. Handstitch the opening to close up your bunny. (Confusing pic with so much in the background. You'll be happy to know that since then I have taken a community college course in photography.)
23. Optional: To give the legs the appearance of feet, you can bend up the tip and stitch in place by hand. (Blurry, I know -- I couldn't get a close enough picture. I have to upgrade my camera. Sorry.)
24. Take a little bit of polyfil and handstitch in place on the bunny's rear end:
And you're done! As you can see, mine has all the lopsided look of handmade love. :)
Here he is with a rice pack stuffed in his pouch:
Giveaway: Boo-Boo Bunny!
If you would like to win a Boo-Boo Bunny (complete with all the mistakes that I made while sewing), leave a comment below. Make sure to leave an email address so I can contact you. The giveaway closes on 8/4/12 at 8 p.m., when I will use a random number generator to choose a winner. Good luck!