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Brand New Bunny Hopping Down the Bunny Trail
Submitted by Pam on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 19:24
Heh! Heh! Heh! Bunny is done!!! And I am not a bit too bashful or modest or polite to say "I love her to pieces"!
What a happy adventure this has been, combining inspiration from Marmalade Rose with a bunny pattern published in "Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction" and embroidery patterns published in "Stitched Blooms: 300 Floral, Leaf and Border Motifs to Embroider".
If you missed it, you can read how all this came about here, as well as how I set up the patterns pieces for embroidery.
Here's Bunny in all her naked glory!!! A little too immodest for my taste - hence the tutu!!
But seriously though - don't you just want to hug her? Abby's creatures all beg to be hugged!
Abby's "Bunny" is designed for felt or plush fabric actually - always MY personal preference for stuffed animals as the material is so forgiving. Using a fine Kona cotton (embroidery!) made it necessary to pay especially careful attention to stitching, double stitching at all curves, and finally stuffing.
But that is one of the things I appreciate so much about Abby's book - she teaches you everything you need to know about making stuffed animals so you can "go off the rails" whenever you like!!!
If you are following me on Instagram, then you likely have been catching my little "teasers" during construction!
Once embroidery was completed, all the little body parts were carefully cut out and seams trimmed to 1/4", pinned together and stitched. This is not the method Abby teaches - her method for construction is MUCH easier! Brilliant actually. But because each little Bunny body part is embroidered, it was my only option.
I did have to make a few changes in my plans along the way.
I found that the arms fall pretty much open most of the time so it was necessary to reverse the original designs for the front and back so that the side of the arm with more embroidery would be most often visible.
And as you can see from the photos I sent Diane for confirmation on the iphone - my plans to use the plush pink fabric for the inside of the ears needed to be revised. All that beautiful embroidery - hidden in the back! No way!
The process of stuffing, just as Abby teaches us, really can't be rushed and does take time. Very hard to be patient as that little body and head begin taking shape! Had to keep popping the head on just 'cause I couldn't wait to "peak"!!!
The back!!! Much simpler designs. They need to be there but are not going to be seen often.
I followed Abby's instructions for making the nose, eyes, mouth and whiskers to the letter - well - except for the fact that HER noses always come out perfect!!! Actually, I gave thought to simply using buttons for the eyes, but am now so pleased that I decided to follow Abby's guidance and learn to make felt eyes.
Embroidery designs on the head were kept fairly simple and completely away from the facial features - just enough embroidery so that the head looks like it belongs with bunny!
Couldn't resist stitching one of Carina's cute posies right on the bottom of Bunny's little feet!
And this shot provides another glimpse showing just why I felt the tutu was appropriate! "Bunny" comes complete with patterns and instructions for making an adorable wardrobe - dress and shoes OR shirt and britches! However, my bunny's little body is already covered in embroidered tatoos, so I opted to "dress" her simply - a soft satin bow and ruffly tutu.
The tutu was a piece of cake to make - I used a spool of wired organdy ribbon. Squished it into tiny gathers and for now - pinned it in place! Haven't decided whether to stitch it right onto the little body or stitch it to ribbon and tie it on.
I have said this often, but it bears repeating!!! The two books I referenced to create Bunny are books that should be in every crafter's library. And the primary reason is that both deliver in spades when it comes to providing information, tools, and techniques that will build a knowledge and skill base from which to design and create projects of your very own. Both books will remain in your library as valuable life long reference guides.
Whether you want to embroider a wambat or a kitchen towel or design and stuff a 6' long snake or a chupacabra, if you have these books in your crafty library, you can do it!!!
If you don't already own these two books, I recommend you make it a point to do so - especially if you are considering making stuffed toys or learning embroidery.
Sharing more Easter bunnies - "quick as a bunny" bunnies - next week!!