Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Spring Rabbits. Easter Bunnies. Mad March Hares. One Free Pattern

 If you want to rustle up a few  Easter bunnies, 
using an simple pattern with no gusset, 
 might I suggest this one?
This is the first (and only) pattern 
and I did think it might be helpful to put it up again 
in the Spring when rabbits and hares and bunnies and coneys
are in demand. Free, too!

It's quick and easy, uses those tiny pieces 
of really cute fabric you can't bear to throw away 
and you can glue on Dollar Store fuzzy pom-poms for tails. 
You can hang them on Easter baskets, 
or dangle some from Spring trees 
or grubby them and make bunny prims.
You can change the size of the pattern
 if you want bigger or smaller rabbits.

Polly, available on Etsy,  With rabbit.
(Polly is sold. And her rabbit)

These wee ones are small enough to make 
plushies for dolls, or for as key rings.
Friends hang them from their rear view mirrors.

I usually sew a stack of bodies and matching ears 
and sit in front of the telly 
while I stuff and stitch them together.

Here is the pattern

Print out the pattern. 

Draw around the bunny body 
on a doubled piece of printed cotton. 
Sew around the line, leaving the gap at the back
 for turning the body and stuffing.
Cut out the shape and clip the curves.
(I hate clipping curves)
Turn right sides out, stuff the nose firmly 
and then stuff the rest of the body. 
Sew the gap closed as neatly as you can. 
The tail will be glued/sewn  over this seam.

Each ear is two pieces.
 You can make the whole ear from 
 the same  fabric as the body
or you can use a contrasting cotton for the lining. 
Draw around each ear on doubled fabric. 
Leave the flat base open and sew around the ear. 
Cut out and clip curves.
Turn the ear right side out and iron it flat.
Tuck in the raw edges and
 sew the ears at a jaunty angle to each
side of the  bunny's head.

You can either stitch a pair of eyes,
 or sew a pair of bead eyes 
or leave the eyes off altogether.

Attach a pompom for a tail.

Then you're done. 
The bunny is open to all kinds of embellishments;
 button and ribbons and flowers and what-have-you.

If you make one I'd love to see it.


  1. Cute pattern! I need one more project... Hope you can come to Seabold Vintage Mkt, it should be great!

    1. I so wish I could. I hope everything goes well and that Dumbo makes it there (and back, obviously)

  2. Thank you so much for the enchanting bunny pattern! I will make my daughter and grandson some to pop in their Easter baskets :)


    1. Well, thank you, Miss Squirrel! I'd love to see them, if you get the chance.

  3. I really love the bunnies and I'm definitly going to try one -my sister would love it for easter.I especially like the plain one with the bunny print.Are'nt you good to share it.

    1. Well, thank you, that's very sweet of you to say so. The one with the Bunnyfly print was a spur of the moment thing, so I'm glad you like it. I hope the pattern works ok for you. Please let me know how it goes?

  4. Rhissanna, These little darling bunnies are wonderful! I must make some and share! Sue

    1. That's very kind of you to say so! I hope you have some fun making these (I also hope the pattern makes sense.)

  5. so cute!!!!!'s something my grandkids could make ..felt and simple overcast stitch!!
    thanks so much..just darling!!!

    1. Oh my, what a lovely idea! Yes, little felt bunnies would be cute and you'd just need a single piece for each ear. Will you share if they make some? I'd love to see those!

  6. Thank you for coming over to follow my blog! Your dolls are so very lovingly created. Your blog banner is charming!
    Teresa in California

  7. I'm very partial to the little pink and white rose bunny. Thanks for the pattern!

  8. My pleasure! The little rose bunny? Thank you!

  9. i came over here from simon purple's blog. love this bunny pattern. thanks for sharing it. i have lots of embroidered pieces i'd like to use for the pattern.

    1. If you make one, please let us see? I'd love to see some of these little bunnies out in the big, wide world!


Thank you all for the wonderful and supportive things you say! I'm thrilled to read them and I reply to each one.