My close friend’s daughter is turning one this month. When I asked Krista what Everleigh needed, she said NOTHING. She honestly has everything. Of course I couldn’t go to a birthday party with nothing, so I made it my mission to make her something. I started brainstorming and decided I had to use up some of my fabric scraps. I thought about making a quiet book and then decided to look at actual books. I ended choosing “How Much I Love You”. This sparked the idea to create a bunny to go with the book… and then I decided the bunny needed a home, so created a bag to carry bunny and some accessories around. And it is similar to a quiet book, so is perfect for restaurants and such.
Isn’t she cute? She is super easy to make, takes about an hour. Let’s learn how to make one, shall we?
Cut 2 pieces for the body, 4 arms, 4 legs, and 4 ears.
Now we are going to sew each of the extremities. Starting with an arm, place right sides together. Starting on one side, sew all the way down and around the bend and back up the other side, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Do not sew across the top. Leave that open for turning. Do the same for the legs and the ears.
Flip each extremity right side out.
For the ears, fold in the bottom sides and tack into place (see picture above).
Now let’s create a Rabbit Sandwich. Place the body, right side up. Place the ears at the top of the head, right side down, with about a 1/2″ space in between. Place the arms on the sides, making sure they are the same height from the bottom. Last, place the legs with a 1/4″ space in between.
Place the second body piece right side down and pin all pieces into place.
Starting about 1/2″ from the bottom on one side, sew around the entire edge of the bunny using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 2″ space for turning (I tend to end about 1/4″ below the bunny’s arm).
Flip the bunny right side out.
If the bunny is for a very small child, you may want to skip the next step. Grab a pom-pom and needle and thread and sew the pom-pom onto the bunny’s rear. I reach in through my turning hole to sew it into place. Make sure it is nice and secure, fasten off.
Now stuff the bunny nice and full and hand stitch the opening shut.
I used Fabric Sharpies to draw on eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers.
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