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Hand-Sew an Adorable Bunny (Free Pattern)

Spring is in the air, and it’s the perfect time to embark on a new sewing adventure! Whether you’re gearing up for Easter celebrations or simply looking for a charming project to connect with your creative side, we’ve got just the thing for you: an adorable bunny sewing pattern that will surely steal your heart! For more sewing for kids, sign up for our summer Sew-Cool Camp!



In this tutorial, we’ll take you through each step, from start to finish, making it easy for intermediate and advanced sewers to create their own precious hand-sewn bunny companion. With our free pattern and detailed instructions, you’ll have everything you need to bring this cuddly critter to life.



This stuffy pattern takes inspiration from Klutz, one of our absolute favorite kids crafting companies. I recently received their Sew Mini Animals kit (Amazon) as a gift, and couldn’t help but adapt some of its patterns into my very own! This bunny pattern has quickly become a favorite among my third and fourth-grade sewing students, and I can’t wait to share it with you all.



So, gather your materials, and let’s get sewing!

 

Materials:


Bunny-Pattern-MSK
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  • Thread (Amazon). Embroidery or sewing thread will work.

  • 2 sheets of contrasting fabric. I have found that felt (Amazon) works best, but any type of fabric will be fine. One sheet will be your main color (F1), the other your accent color (F2)

  • A small amount of black fabric or 2 beads for the eyes.

  • A small amount of white fabric

  • Stuffing (If you don’t have stuffing, fabric scraps or yarn will also work)

  • Scissors

  • Fabric Pen (Amazon), fabric chalk, or a normal marker

  • Optional but awesome: Hot glue gun (Amazon) 



Techniques:

  • We recommend using a whip stitch (also known as an overcast stitch) for all sewing.

  • If you have a hot glue gun, use it! It is a great tool for attaching those pesky little accent pieces like the nose, eyes, ears, and tail!


Instructions:

  • Prep: Print out the pattern PDF and cut out each shape.

  • Trace the pattern pieces onto your fabric. The multiplication (x2) on each pattern piece indicates how many times you should trace the piece.

    • Body pieces, Bottom, Ears, and Tail will go onto F1. 

    • Nose and Inner Ears onto F2.

    • Eyes onto the black fabric. 

    • Eye highlights onto the white fabric 

  • Cut out your pattern pieces.




  •  Form the body: Whip stitch the two Body pieces together along the curved edge. Turn inside out. 



  • Form the Tail: Fold the tail piece in half longways. Cut slits along the folded side, stopping just short of cutting all the way through the piece. 

  • Keeping the tail piece folded, roll it up into a cinnamon roll shape. Sew several times back and forth through the roll to keep it together. 

  • Attach the Tail: attach the tail piece to the rounder edge of the body, whip stitching around the rolled edge of the piece. 



  •  Attach the nose: Lay the nose piece onto the pointed tip of the body and sew on.


  •  Attach the eyes: Lay the white eye highlight onto the black eye piece. Lay both on the sides of the head, about two inches each direction from the nose and the top of the head.

  • Punch your needle through all three layers of fabric (Body, Eye, and Eye Highlight) to sew on. For my example, I used black thread to make it blend more easily.



  • Form the Ears: Sew the inner ears onto the ear pieces. 

  • Attach the Ears: Lay the ears onto the body face-down and facing forward on the body. Sew the last ½ inch or so onto the body. Do not tie off.

  • Fold the ears up and pinch the bottom, as shown below. Using the same thread, sew back and forth to keep that pinched shape, and loop through the body just below the ears so that the ears stay vertical.



  • Attach the Bottom: Sew the bottom onto the two body pieces, leaving about ½ an inch at the end to stuff.

  • Stuff!

  • Finish off: finish sewing the body and tie off. You’re all done!





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