I’m so excited to be taking part in my first Sew a Softie event and sharing with you this bunny softie! Sew a Softie is an month long event hosted by Trixi of Coloured Buttons with the aim of encouraging parents and children to spend time together sewing softies. This year there are even children ambassadors, it’s really sweet. You can see more details about the ambassadors here.
Originally the plan was to get my oldest, Silly Bean, to design a softie and then we would sew it up together. She did design her softie (an ice cream cone) but we didn’t have time to sew it up yet. But soon! By the end of next week for sure!
I did, however, have this bunny softie that I had actually made two years ago that I had never finished turning into a pattern or sharing on the blog so I decided this would be the perfect push to get me to get around to finally scanning the pieces and writing up the tutorial. It’s been half done for the last two years! The bunny is still played with regularly and has held up pretty well.
I love making softies. I’m not the most skilled at it but I love it anyway. I hope you will like this sweet little bunny that Silly Bean has named Mia.
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(I haven’t finished updating the step by step photos, these will be added in soon)
Supplies needed to make one bunny softie:
- Fat quarter of fabric (quilting weight is good)
- scrap pieces of felt for ears
- fusible woven interfacing* (like Pellon SF101), less than a fat quarter
- fusible web such as Wonder Under*, scrap piece or fabric glue*
- stabilizer such as Sulky Water Soluble Stabilizer* (optional), scrap piece, or water soluble pen
- Thread, sewing machine, hand sewing needles, etc
- freezer paper (optional), scrap piece
- Mia the Bunny pattern found on Craftsy. It’s free to download but you need an account.
EDIT: The pattern/template does not include seam allowance. I am working on updating it to include a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Mia the Bunny Softie Instructions:
- Print out the Bunny pattern. Make sure to print actual size and not fit to page. Trace the bunny face onto the stabilizer if using. Trace the inner ears onto freezer paper if you will be glueing the inner ears on (recommended but not necessary). If you’re using regular quilting cotton for the ears, or will be stitching the inner ears on, trace the inner ears onto fusible web. Trace mirrored copies of the bunny shape onto the interfacing (a front and back side of the bunny).
- Cut roughly around the bunny shape on the interfacing (leave an inch or so all around the outer edge). Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the main fabric. Then cut the bunny body pieces on the line.
- If using stabilizer for the face, fuse in place to the front of the bunny then handstitch the face details. (Otherwise trace the facial details directly onto the front). Follow directions to remove the stabilizer.
- If you’re using fabric glue for the ears and nose, glue the pieces in place, being sure not to use too much glue. Otherwise fuse the pieces in place and then handstitch around the edges.
- Place the two body pieces right sides together and stitch all around the edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a small opening along one side for turning out.
- Clip the corners and curves being careful not to cut the seams then turn out.
- Lightly stuff the bunny and then whipstitch the opening closed.
Enjoy your sweet little bunny softie!
P.S. If you enjoyed this tutorial, you might like this Kitty Cat hair clip tutorial or this cute Felt Penguin toy/ornament tutorial!
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out all the amazing softies that have been shared this month! You can see a partial list here that will be updated soon.
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