I must say, I think this little guy might be the cutest doorstop in the bunch so far. My girls were excited to see him. Pippin will make a great spring guest in your home. Enjoy!
Materials: (yardages are approximate and based on optimal placement)
2 3/4″ buttons with 4 holes for eyes
2 12” pipe cleaners
Stuffing (wool or polyfil)
Beans, fish gravel or large grained sand for weighting the bottom
Note: My felt was from Wool Felt Central. I used the following colors:
Haybale (TOY2617) for the front, back, ears and base
Driftwood (WCF2619) for the muzzle, chest and tail
Antique White (WCF1102) for the eyes
Blushing Bride (WCF0942) for the inner ears and nose
IMPORTANT: If you haven’t done so already, read our tutorial on cutting out felt found HERE.
Directions: (All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.)
Download pattern and make copies.
Cut out pattern pieces as follows:
1 front and back
2 inner ears
Using the pattern as a guide, pin or staple pieces on the front and back of bunny. Note: the eyes will be tucked under the muzzle as shown on the pattern.
Applique in the following manner:
Using a blanket stitch and 3 strands of floss, sew on eyes.
Using a running stitch and 2 strands of floss, sew on muzzle, chest and tail.
Using a running stitch and 2 strands of floss, sew on nose.
Embroider the face in the following manner:
Transfer facial detail to muzzle.
Using a stem stitch and 6 strands of floss, embroider mouth.
Using French knots and 6 strands of floss, embroider whisker spots.
Sew on eyes using 6 strands of floss, crisscrossing through the 4 holes.
Optional: If you would like to, embroider the bunny’s name on the bottom using a stem stitch and 6 strands of floss.
To make the ears begin by laying an inner on top of 2 layers of ears. Using a running stitch and 2 strands of floss, sew the inner ear to the ear going through all 3 layers.
Take a pipe cleaner and lay it between the 2 layers of ears between the running stitch and the edge. Allow the pipe cleaner to overhang by about 1”.
Using a blanket stitch and 3 strands of floss, sew the 2 outer edges of the ears together, trapping the pipe cleaner as you sew around the ear. Gently bend the pipe cleaner around the top of the ear.
Clip off the extending pipe cleaner so it is even with the edge of the ear.
Do the same for the other ear making it in the mirror image of the first ear.
Mark the unfinished edge of the ears ½” from edge.
Position the ears on the front of the bunny, with right sides together, following the markings on the pattern, allowing the ears to overlap the ½”. Pin in place.
With right sides together, stitch front to back leaving a 2 1/2” opening as indicated on the pattern. (This opening will be used to turn bunny right side out after the bottom has been added.) Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end stitchling lines seams do not unravel during the turning process. (This step can be done be by hand or with a sewing machine. If sewing by hand make sure to use very small stitches.) Note: Be careful when sewing over the ears, since there are pipe cleaners in them. If you go very slowly, you shouldn’t break your needle.
To reinforce the ears and to help them stand up straight, sew a second stitching line between the seam and the edge where the ears are attached.
With right sides together, pin bottom in place matching side seams and notches. Sew in place.
Turn bunny right side out.
Using beans, gravel or sand, fill the bottom of the bunny to the opening.
Fill the remainder of the bunny with wool or polyfil. Pack firmly without stressing seams.
Using a blind stitch, sew up opening.
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