March 11, 2013
happy monday, friends! i was so excited when kata golda recently contacted me about doing a diy for her adorable bunny with a baby. it’s really easy to make and in perfect time for easter! it would be a great gift for little ones, or an adorable addition to a nursery or easter collection. kata golda is a talented handmade artist who loves working with hand dyed wool felt and hand stitching. if she’s new to you, be sure to check out her website featuring all things cute and felt (i especially love her nature pals series).
pssst.. not interested in getting crafty? you can purchase this bunny with a baby from kata golda right here.
MATERIALS YOU’LL NEED:
- Bunny with Baby template
– 3 pieces of wool felt: 2 colors for the bodies and 1 for the pocket (use the template to gauge dimensions)
– Stuffing (polyester fiberfill, wool, bamboo, or cotton)
– Embroidery floss (This thread is 6-ply and is easily separated; most patterns use 1–3 plies.)
– Optional: sewing machine and thread (should you choose to machine stitch the seams of your bunnies)
TOOLS YOU’LL NEED:
- Paper scissors
– Fabric scissors
– Sharp snips
– Hand sewing needle (sharp and with a large enough eye to thread embroidery floss)
STITCHES YOU’LL USE:
- Straight stitch
– Running stitch
– Double Running stitch
– Whip stitch
– Blanket stitch
Unfamiliar with these stitches or just need a refresher? Download Kata Golda’s Guide to Basic Stitches.
Print the template and cut out the template pieces with paper scissors. Then place the pieces on the felt and cut out the felt shapes with fabric scissors.
In the front pieces of both the little and big bunny bodies, use small snips to pierce the felt and cut out holes for the ears.
Little bunny: Stitch the face and hands on the little bunny using 3-ply black embroidery floss. Satin stitch the eyes directly below the center of each ear; use a double runningstitch to create the nose, mouth and hands.
Big bunny: Place the pocket and hand pieces on the front of the body, using a running stitch to attach them. Make sure you don’t stitch the top of the pocket closed — only stitch the top of the pocket through the green felt, but then stitch through all 3 felt layers at the places where the hands overlap the pocket. You’ll only sew through 2 pieces of felt along the bottom of the pocket.
To determine the location of the big bunny’s facial features, place the top layer of the little bunny in the pocket. Ideally the eyes are placed on the outside of each of the little bunny’s ears and the nose/mouth is placed between the ears. Sew on the features just as you did for little bunny.
To assemble the big bunny lay the front of the body (with pocket), facing up, on top of the matching back. Make sure the edges align, and choose how you’d like to stitch the edges together:
By hand: With 2-ply thread, whip stitch around the inner edges of the ears. Starting on one of the sides, blanket stitch around the outer edge of the bunny, leaving an opening along the side to add stuffing.
By machine: Machine-sew a straight stitch around the inner edges of the ears, and then continue around the outer edge of the bunny, leaving an opening along the one of the sides to add stuffing.
Repeat these steps for the little bunny, and add stuffing to both bunnies.
To finish each bunny, continue your stitch & close the hole. If you are using a machine, finish by sewing a straight stitch around the outer edges of the bunny (the outer edges should have 2 lines of stitching around it).
NOTES & TIPS:
A nice length to hand sew with a piece of thread is about 18″ long. (Longer lengths are frustrating to work with as they tangle easily.)
To separate the 6-ply floss ,start in the middle of the floss strand and gently, slowly pull off 2 strands (together at the same time).
Try to keep the stitch depth and length consistent. When whip stitching and blanket stitching, try to make your stitch length and depth between 1/8″ – 1/4″.
Need materials for this project? Simply contact Kata Golda for a small bundle of hand-dyedwool felt, embroidery floss, and recycled polyester fiberfill stuffing for $15.
Just need the felt? Bundles of wool felt squares in various colors are also available from Kata Golda, and include ten sheets of 6.5″ x 6.5″ hand-dyed felt.