Make Your Own Cuddly Fabric Bunnies!

Make Your Own Cuddly Fabric Bunnies! #diy #easter #bunnyrabbits

Hello! We are Tia and Laura from Little Button Diaries, a blog about crafting baking and babies. We are thrilled to have joined the Hobbycraft team and are looking forward to coming up with lots of exciting crafts to share with you. As it’s Easter, our first project is a cuddly fabric bunny.

We really enjoyed making these bunnies, coming up with the pattern ourselves and seeing our children’s faces when we gave them to them. The soft fabric, rattle and detachable carrot makes this toy irresistibly huggable. We really hope you like them too!

Time needed: About 3 hours

Skill level: Intermediate

What you Need:

1. Using a paper template (see the one we created in the image below for a guide) cut your fabric allowing a 1cm seam allowance.. From the cord cut 2 x body pieces, 4 x arm, 2 x foot and 2 x ear pieces. From the coordinating fabric cut 2 x foot and 2 x ear pieces.

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2. Sew the ear and feet coordinating pieces right sides together, allowing a space at the bottom to turn out. Snip the curved edges and turn right sides out. Sew the arms together in the same way and lightly stuff. Place the ears flat, front sides up. Fold the outsides in to meet in the middle and pin an inch up from the bottom. Sew along the pin to secure.

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3. Take the front body piece and place it right side up. Pin the ears to the top of the body, facing downwards. Pin the arms on the sides facing inwards (see picture). Place the back body piece, right side down, on top and sew from one bottom corner to the other. Next, leaving a two-inch gap in the centre for stuffing, sew along the bottom. You should now have two holes in each corner. Press these together along the lines and sew to form boxed corners.

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4. Turn out and press. Stuff the toy and add the bells. Fold the bottom seams in and slip stitch in place.

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5. Fold the arms of the bunny in and sew to the tummy, leaving a gap big enough to fit your thumb.

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6. To make the carrot, cut out a triangle in orange fabric. Fold in half and sew together. Turn inside out and stuff.

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7. Gather the top of the carrot and tack 5mm from the top with orange thread. Pull the thread together to close the top and secure in place. Cut a strip of felt and snip it to look like a carrot top. wrap this around the carrot and stitch with the green thread.

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8. Hand stitch the feet to the bottom of the bunny so they peak out at the front.

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9. Using disappearing ink if you have it, draw a face onto the bunny. Embroider the face in black embroidery thread using back-stitch, with a bit of pink for his little button nose.

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10) Finally, hand stitch the pom pom in place on the back of the bunny (or use superglue if you’re getting tired by this point!)

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For more crafty and baking goodies, check out our blog at www.littlebuttondiaries.com

Tia & Laura x

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Little Button Diaries is the crafting and baking blog from two Brighton-based friends. We are Laura and Tia, and we share a love for all things creative. In the last couple of years we have both given birth to little girls – Harper and Amelie – and we wanted to start a blog to document all the things we get up to together. We’re very lucky that we only live round the corner from one another and have, well, pretty much everything in common. If we’re not chatting away about our blog we love to find new things to bake, projects to make and photographs to take. It’s not easy finding the time to make stuff with little ones running around your feet, but we want to show that having a baby doesn’t mean you have to stop doing the things you love, and that a lot can be achieved even in the space of a short nap! We’re not saying we are craft wizards, more ‘find a fault, make a feature’ kinda girls. We’re just doing the things we love because we love doing them and hope you will too!

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