Love chocolate, but not the calories? Make my little Plush Chocolate Bunny to fill the Easter basket or decorate the house for spring. This sweet little guy is cute, cuddly and best of all, sugar-free!
- Brown Velour Knit Fabric
- Small scrap of yellow felt
- Blue button
- 14 inch piece of ribbon
- Paper & pencil
- Sewing notions (brown thread, shears, pins, disappearing marker, hand sewing needle)
- Optional: 6 in by 12 in piece of tear away stabilizer (used for embroidery)*
* It's not absolutely necessary to use stabilizer, but it keeps knit fabric from puckering or over stretching when sewing appliques, embroidering or detail stitching. I find it really valuable to have in the stash & a packaged roll or yard lasts forever.
Start by drafting up a bunny pattern with paper & pencil. I made mine about 12 inches tall by 8 inches wide. Cut out pattern. Fold the fabric with the selvages together. Pin the pattern to the fabric, parallel to the selvage and cut out.
Using the disappearing marker, draw lines as shown below for the ear and feet detailing on one bunny piece:
Cut the tear away stabilizer into 3 strips & pin to the back of the fabric. Satin stitch over lines with the brown thread. This is a fancy way of saying a wide, short zig-zag - I did 4 wide by .5 long.
Stitch slowly so the fabric isn't stretched and the stitching will look nice & smooth.
With right sides facing, pin bunny halves together all the way around.
Stitch together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, leaving a 1-2 inch gap at the bottom for turning. Trim down seam allowance. I like to use pinking shears to get it nice & close when trimming knits since it's ideal for reducing bulk around really curvy shapes like this one.
Turn right side out & use the pencil or a knitting needle to gently poke out the corners & curves. Stuff with fiberfill, using the pencil/needle again to stuff into all edges.
Hand stitch the opening closed - I use a slip stitch to really hide it well. Cut a circle from the yellow felt that is just slightly bigger than the blue button. Hand stitch them onto the bunny to create the "frosting" eye. Tie ribbon onto neck and now the bunny is ready for Easter!
Put him in the baskets, as a mini pillow on the couch or mantle decoration. Anywhere to add a little extra sweetness for spring. Just remember:
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