I got the inspiration for this cute little Easter Bunny from Laura Tosi, who has to be one of the most talented gals I’ve come across. Granted, it wasn’t simple to make, but once I was done, I was very happy with the result. It’s truly adorable.
If you are so inclined to make this little bunny, you can find Laura’s pattern and tutorial on Youtube HERE. You can resize it to your desire. Unfortunately, her Youtube video is in Italian. So if you don’t understand Italian, you’ll have a difficult time following. I do speak Italian so I was able to follow along. Therefore, below is a translation of the materials needed to make this adorable Easter Bunny. As long as you know the materials, I think you’ll be able to follow along with her instructional video. I did translate some of the instructions which you can use when viewing her video. If you have any questions, please contact me via email and I will be happy to help you in any way.
The bunny I made is 11″ x 6″. So keep that in mind when gathering your materials. Obviously, your materials should coincide with the the size of your bunny.
- Styrofoam Ball (I used a 3 inch ball)
- Tube of fabric for the body
- White felt or flannel for the bunny
- Felt of your desire for the collar
- Felt for the flower (you’ll need 2 coordinating colors)
- Plush white felt for the tail
- Ribbon for the bow on the head and a thinner ribbon for the flower
- Pearls for the eyes (black) and the nose (pink) (I used a heart brad turned upside down)
- Embroidery thread in black and brown
- Black coated wire (11″)
- Pink chalk or blush for the cheeks and inside the ears
- Eraceable pen
- Needle nose pliers
- Small paint brush
- Rhinestone or brad embellishments for the center of the flower
- Hot glue gun
Step One (cutting your fabric):
Double your white felt or flannel (whichever you’re using) with the right side of the fabric facing each other and pin your pieces to it. With the fabric doubled, you will be cutting one head, one feet, two ears, and two arms. When cutting the head, mark the area that is to remain open as you see on the pattern.
Cut one tail with the plush white felt.
Cut one collar with the felt of your choice.
Cut two flowers from the two different colored pieces of felt.
Step Two (sewing and stuffing the pieces):
Sew all of the pieces of the body (remember to leave an opening on the head). Using a chopstick, turn all the pieces right side out. Cut a small slit on the feet and the arms as shown in her video.
Now it’s time to fill the pieces with the Polyfill. Fill all the pieces, except for the ears. After you’ve filled the arms and feet, hand stitch the slit to close. Do the same with the head…hand stitch the opening.
Using a cancellable pen, mark the spots on the arms and feet as indicated on the pattern. Using your sewing machine, run a stitch up the center of the feet as shown in the video. Also mark the eyes, nose, and brows on the head as shown.
Step Three (making the face)
Using the black embroidery thread and needle, enter from the bottom of the head and out the left eye. Load the black pearl and go down the same eye and out through the right eye. Load a black pearl and go down the same eye and out through the left eye and back down and out again through the right eye and back down. Now go out through the top of the nose and into the bottom of the head to the top of the nose again and down to bottom of head. This time go up into the head and out one side of the left eyebrow and down the end of that eyebrow and out the right eyebrow and down the end of that eyebrow and out through the bottom of the head and tie to close.
Take the hot glue gun, glue the nose on and using the chalk or blush, give the cheeks a rosy finish.
Step Four (making the ears)
Using the brown embroidery thread, hand stitch around the ears as shown. Using the chalk or blush, color the center of the ears. Glue the ears to the top of the head. Add the bow as shown.
Step Five (making the arms and feet)
Take the feet and using the brown embroidery thread, Go up through bottom of foot and up through the first dot. Go around go the bottom and up through second dot and around to bottom and up through same dot and down the same dot and tie. Repeat on other foot. Repeat the same process on the arms.
Step Six (making the body)
Stitch top and bottom of fabric and put it on the styrofoam ball. Close up the openings. It doesn’t matter if the stitching is perfect because it will be hidden once assembled.
Glue the body to the top of the feet. VERY IMPORTANT: make sure the body is in the center of the feet. Otherwise, your bunny will be off center and won’t stand up.
Glue the arms onto the body as shown.
Run a stitch at the top of the collar and pull to close and glue it to the top of the body.
Glue the head onto the collar and add a bow made of twine under the chin.
To make the tail, take your plush felt and run a stitch all around and pull to form tail. Add polyfill and close it up. Glue the tail to the back of the bunny right where the feet meet the body.
Step Seven: (making the rosette)
Taking the 11″ wire and the needle nose pliers, twirl the ends of the wire as shown.
Take the tuille and wrap it around four fingers about 3 or 4 times and tie the center with your thin ribbon and cut the loops of the tuille as shown. Glue the tuille to the top of the wire.
Glue the felt flower to the center of the tuille and add a rhinestone or embellishment of your choice to the center of the flower. Make a bow with the thin ribbon and glue it to the back of the rosette.
And, there you have it! A cute little Easter Bunny!!!
Thank you Laura for your amazing creations.