How to Sew a Bunny Toy
Create this bunny toy to pass down as a family hierloom through the generations! Pick your favourite fat quarters and follow the pattern below created by sewing expert Debbie von Grabler-Crozier.
NB: seam allowances are all ½ cm (1/4”) unless otherwise stated. Please read all instructions through and assemble the equipment before beginning.
1. Use the template to draw the bunny outline twice onto the right side of the solid FQ using the water soluble marker and cut it out. Fuse interfacing to the wrong side and trim.
Top tip! This both makes the finished bunny feel and look better and it makes your sewing machine happy because it gives it more bulk to work with.
2. The arms are separate but treat them the same way. Do make sure that you make the arms mirror image! You need four arm pieces. Fuse interfacing to all of the arm pieces.
3. The ears are made from the plain outer fabric and lined with the spotty fabric. Cut two from grey and two from spotted and fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the spotted.
4. Take an ear outer and an ear lining and with the right sides together, sew the perimeter leaving the bottom open. Turn out through this gap (after notching the curves) and press. Baste the bottom of the ear closed and softly pleat it using the guide marks on the template. Repeat for the other ear. They are now ready to use.
5. With the water soluble marker, draw the face onto the main body. Use the template to cut the felt out for the paw pads and the tummy patch from dotty fabric (matching the ears) and glue them onto the paws and abdomen using the template as a guide.
6. Set your machine up for free motion embroidery and use the black thread to embroider around the paw pads and the tummy patch and also put the details onto the face.
Top tip! Go around the paws and tummy patch twice and do not be too neat.
7. Trim the threads away.
8. With the right sides together, pin an arm front to an arm back. Sew the sides and leave the top edge open. Clip the curves and turn the arm the right way out.
9. Use the wooden spoon to stuff about 2/3 of the way full with toy filling.
10. Repeat for the other arm.
11. On the template, there is an indicator mark to show you where to put the arms. Pin the arms to the cut out front using this reference.
12. Sew the arms on and also the ears using the template as a guide. Then pin the front of the rabbit to the back and sew all around the perimeter leaving no gaps. Clip and notch the curves.
Top tip! Keep the arms and the ears well tucked in as you sew the front to the back.
13. Carefully cut a small hole (about 6cm long) in the back of the neck and gently turn the bunny out through the gap.
Top tip! Work extra carefully here so as not to tear the hole! Slowly does it! And be careful not to nick the ears.
14. Stuff the bunny with polyester stuffing, also working through the hole and then close it with a neat hand stitch.
15. To make the bow tie, cut a piece of FQ 5cm wide x 30cm long. Fold it in half lengthways and then sew the long edge. Leave the ends open. Turn the right way out through the ends and press. Trim 6cm off one end and put aside.
16. Fit the long strip around the bunny’s neck (hiding the sewn gap in the back) and hand stitch it at the front , trimming it as needed.
Top tip! It needs to be a snug fit and you can glue it as well. I do this which also stops the gap from coming undone.
17. The bow tie is another piece of the same fabric (12cm wide x 11cm long). Fold this in half with the right sides facing and sew the sides and long front, leaving a turning gap. Clip across the corners and turn out through the gap. Press. Take the offcut that you put aside and wrap it around the bow toe and around the part encircling the bunny’s neck. Hand stitch to secure.
Top tip! This should hide the join on the first part so when you put the first part around the neck. Think about the join being in the front and don’t glue there. I find it easiest to stitch the tie closed from the front and then work it around to the back and glue it in place.