One day I was all alone at home I thought I would start a Easter bunny family so I would have some company. Now I have trizillion of bunnies at home. As you may know I am giving away some of them. But I also want to share the joy of making them.
This is a simple and gratifying project. It may take around one hour to make one bunny. Here I explain how to make a beige and purple bunny but variations are endless: just change the colour for head and tail and make hundred of them if you feel like. Below are the 5 easy steps to make one bunny, including the template.
- Template downloadable for free here
- Neutral colour felt (here I used beige), approximately 20x20cm (8×8’’)
- Purple sewing thread
- Purple embroidery floss
- Tiny piece of purple felt
Step 1 – Cut out
Using the bunny template provided, cut out two identical pieces of beige felt. To make sure they match, it is better to cut them out at the same time: pin the paper template on two layers of felt and work away.
For the bunny tail, you’ll need a 1cm (0.3’’) square of purple felt. Cut the corners and trim the piece until you get a roundish circle. You know, bunny tails are not perfect circles neither.
When you have all this you need to decide which piece will be the front one and make sure the shapes of both pieces match.
Step 2 – Bunny face
First for the nose: pick a single thread of embroidery floss and make a single cross stitch right in the middle of the bunny face. If you are not sure how to make the cross stitch, see pictures 1 and 2 for explanations.
The eyes are made with two embroidery threads. You’ll just need to stitch two single stitches side by side. The eyes should be positioned somewhere between the nose and the top of the head, approximately 1 cm (0.3’’) apart. Picture 3 and 4 illustrate this step.
Step 3 – Bunny tail
Position the purple felt circle on the bunny back, somewhere between neckline and bottom of legs, a bit closer to the legs though. Stitch the tail with a simple running stitch made with sewing thread. Result is shown on picture 5.
Step 4 – Stitch around
Assemble back and front pieces so right side is outside. Secure both pieces together. I usually use a couple of loose stitches as shown on pictures 6 and 7.
Pick some purple sewing thread and start a running stitch at the bottom of one of the bunny ears (see picture 8 to see how to start). Stitch all around until you only have one side of the bunny head open, as shown on picture 9.
Step 5 – Fill in
Fill in the bunny, using little bit by little bit of filling. Fill the legs and tummy first: those should be lightly filled only. Then move to the ears: you can use more filling so they are firm to the touch but be careful not to break the stitches. You may need pointy scissors to help you get the filling up to the ears (see picture 10). Finally fill in the head and finish stitching the side of the head to fully close the bunny. Here it is, all bunny-ish and everything! Well done!
Want to do some more? Just pick any bold enough colour you would fancy for the face and tail and work away.