How adorable is this Easter bunny? She is simple to make, fashionable and oh so cute! Made with Merino felt your bunny will only get softer and more loved with time. My baby absolutely adores bunnies so I wanted to make her a bunny that had some style. I sewed the bunny over a couple naps and she would always be delighted to discover the bunny coming together each day (then I would have to search the house for the missing half sewn bunny!) If you’re not a hand sewer don’t worry if every stitch is perfect, it will have a sweet homemade charm. You can also modify the ears and make a kitty or a little bear!
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- 1 sheet of white and pink Merino wool felt (the acrylic kind can rip)
- Black and light pink thread for the embroidery
- Airlight craft stuffing (feather light and perfect for crafting)
- 5 inch x 30 inch scrap fabric to make the dress
- Sewing machine for the dress, I used my great little Singer machine for this project
- Optional: a little bell for inside
Total make time is about 1- 1.5 hours.
Print and cut out the Easter bunny pattern. Start by sewing the feet onto the legs using a whipstitch.
Now match up the legs and feet and start at one corner of the foot and sew around to the other side.
Stuff the foot using a chop stick adding a bit of stuffing at a time.
Continue to sew up one side of the leg to the top. Then start to sew up the other side from the foot up. Stuff as you go every inch or so.
Here are both legs completed. You can add some fun stitching to the foot if you want like a criss cross fish net sock or polka dots. The stitches can always be pulled out if you change your mind. Use a double threaded needle if you decide this so its thicker.
Sew the arms together. Start at the top and work your way around, stuffing as you go when you pass the hand.
Embroider the eyes, nose and mouth (I added the mouth later)
Starting at the neck, sew until you reach the ears and sew the ears onto the bunny using a back stitch.
Sew down the other side to the neck and stuff the head.
Here I added a little heart. This is optional but very cute don’t you think?.
Add a sweet pom-pom tail if you like. My pom-pom tutorial you can find here.
Start to sew from the neck down to the shoulder and insert the first arm about .25 of an inch in and use a back stitch.
Continue sewing down the torso and stop at the hip. Do the same on the other side inserting the other arm. Stuff the torso. Here you can add an optional bell for a little jingle.
My baby woke up from her nap just in time to help with the stuffing! (note the sleep sack and my husband’s hat she found in the hallway)
Insert the first leg and use a back stitch. Continue on the other side.
The sewing of the bunny is now complete! That was pretty quick right?
Now its time to give her some rosy cheeks with blush. I used MAC Powder Blush – Pinch O’peach
Simply dip in an eyeshadow brush and dab on some blush.
Here my baby woke up during the photography. Those quick little hands!
You can play around with the Easter bunny’s features, I decided to add a sweet little smile (If you change your mind, thread is easy to pull out without leaving marks with felt)
For the Easter bunny’s dress I just made a simple gathered dress and I used a Kam snap for the closure. You can just use any scrap fabric that you have just make sure it’s at least 12 x 75 inches.
To make this dress cut out your fabric and sew two lines at the top with a loose machine stitch, so that you can easily make the gathers.
Carefully pull the threads,working the fabric to gather together like the photo below. Threads can break easily so do a little and a time and then use your index and thumb to gently work the gathers to the middle.
Now pin the sides inwards about 1/2 inch and sew a line.
The dress should now look like this.
Have you ever used KAM snaps before? I love them! There are so simple to attach and give a pretty button look to your projects. I used this KAM plier set and it came with all the colors below which was a great deal!
The result is so satisfying and the color choices are endless!
Attach the second snap on the other side.
And there your felt Easter bunny is finished and she will make a much loved and special gift!
Happy making and Happy Easter! Thank you for sharing this tutorial & sharing the love!