I started making these little bunnies last spring as pins. They were kind of a booth filler for me, and I really loved making them and seeing them all together in a bowl, so cute! Well, I was thumbing through a craft book and saw a pillow with a pocket and a little lamb stuck in it.. and I knew I had to make a pillow for my bunnies!!!
This is so easy to do! I hope you have fun making it! *Please note the usage at the bottom of this tutorial. There are restrictions. Thank you!
For this project, you will need 8 different fabrics, 5 for the front, one for the back, and 2 for the bunnies. For the front of the pillow, cut 5 6" squares. 1 square will be the front of the pocket. Lay your squares out to the design that you like. Here I used a plain pink for the background of the pocket square, and above, I used white for the background. Once you have your design laid out, it's time to sew!
Place this pocket front onto the background square and baste it in place.
Now you have 4 squares instead of 5 for the front, 1 of them being the pocket square! Sew these squares together into a basic 4 patch design. I like the pocket square to be on the bottom right, but you can place it anywhere! Be creative!
For pillows, I usually use a 1/2" seam allowance for durability and ease.
Now that the front is finished, you'll need a back! Cut an 11" square. Place the front and back right sides together and pin. Sew around the edges of the pillow leaving a small opening on the side for Turning and stuffing.
Before you turn the pillow right side out, clip the corners so they will look sharper!
And for stuffing, I ONLY use Polyfil brand. Everything else is just no good... trust me, I've been doing this a long time, and NOTHING else is even close! After your pillow is stuffed, hand stitch the opening shut. (I know there is a lack of pictures here... but I'm assuming most of you have made a pillow before :)
Time to make BUNNIES! This is the best part!!! Download somebunny.pdf Click on that link and print the pattern onto card stock or something stiff so you can cut it out and trace around it with ease!
The pic is of the pattern I printed and the one I've been using since last year... it's got a few lines on it huh! LOL!
This picture kind of shows two steps in one. Take the fabric you are using for your bunnies and place it right sides together! Trace the bunny onto your fabric with pencil. Sew directly on the traced line, and sew ALL THE WAY AROUND! Clip the bunny out allowing only a tiny seam allowance. This can be tricky... if you make the seam allowance too big, your bunny will be lumpy, too small, and you will pop seams open when you are stuffing. About 1/4" works well.
If you look closely, you can see that these bunnies have slits in their backs. This was for turning and stuffing. Once the bunny is clipped out, carefully cut a slit in his back for turning and stuffing. Make sure you are only cutting through ONE layer. Turn and stuff your bunnies, (hopefully you've made two even though I only told you how to make one! LOL!) and then hand sew the slit shut.
For your bunnies faces, just make two french knots for their eyes, and the simple Y pattern for their mouths and noses :) If you don't know how to make french knots, you can use tiny buttons or beads, or make a few tiny stitches... that works just as well! I didn't know how to make french knots for the LONGEST time, so I was queen of taking a few tiny stitches that looked like a french knot... lol!
To finish them off, tie a cute ribbon around their necks and add a little blush to their cheeks. I use a q-tip and blush from my make up kit for this... Easy Easy Easy! :)
So here's kind of an overall pic! The pillow on the right is my first one, the one on the left is the one I made for this tutorial... and yes that's my BERNINA (thanks MOM!) in the background! The fabrics I laid out are in the foreground...
SO did you do it? Did you make one? I wanna see! Email me or post a pic! This would be just such a sweet spring or Valentine's day gift for the little ones in your life!
Okay... so that was very fun! But let's not forget what prompted this project to begin with... those cute little bunnies! Here is a list of other (not for profit!) things you can do with them too! Do you have an idea? Please share!
- Bunny pins for your denim jacket or purse
- make a handful of them and a little sack so the kids can take them to church as church dolls
- Easter basket stuffers
- Make a baby mobile
- Make one into a key chain
- Add one to either side of you cool banner your making (we're all making those now, right? LOL)
- Make a little bunny and add it to your teddy bears arms... she needs a friend!
*Usage: You may make these for yourself or your friends, but not for profit. If you would like to sell the things you make from this pattern, please buy the rights to do so for only $10. You can paypal me at MissyBallance@aol.com and then you'll be happy and so will I :) It just keeps everything on the level! Thanks so much!!!!