Felt Spring Bunnies Tutorial

Time for a Spring favorite! I wrote this originally for a Blog Hop for my friend Lupin over on Bugs and Fishes. Enjoy!

Few things say Spring like bunnies, especially super cute and colorful tiny bunnies!  Make just one for fun or five for a whole party of adorableness.
Bunny overload complete
Supplies:
– scissors
– sewing needle
– polyster stuffing / fiberfill
– 5 squares of assorted pastel felt 4.5” x 4.5” / 12cm x 12cm
– 1 square of white felt 4.5” x 4.5“ / 12cm x 12cm
– 1 square of pink felt 2.5” x 2.5” / 7cm x 7cm
– 10 7mm two-hole black buttons
– coordinating embroidery thread to match your felt colors

Stitches Used:
– straight stitch
– running stitch

How to Create Your Bunnies

1. Cut out all of your Bunny pattern pieces from the template provided.

2. Taking one of your pastel felt squares, cut out 2 x Body pieces and 2 x Ears.  Repeat this for the next 4 pastel felt squares.
Spring Bunny_1
3. Next take your white felt square and cut out 5 x Tummy pieces, 5 x Muzzle pieces and 1 x ¼” wide strip for your bunny Teeth Segments, then take the strip and cut 5 x ½” tall pieces out of it.

4. Using your pink felt square, cut 5 x Heart Noses.
Spring Bunny_2

5. Picking up one of your pastel bunny Body pieces, center one Tummy piece along the bottom edge and sew in place with a straight stitch using a single strand of white embroidery thread. Spring Bunny_3
6. Align one of the Teeth Segments about ¼” above the tummy piece.  Sew, with a straight stitch using a single strand of white embroidery thread, along the top of the tooth first and then work your way around the entire piece.
Spring Bunny_4 Next, sew a straight line with a running stitch down the center of the Teeth Segment using one strand of black embroidery thread. Spring Bunny_5
7. Center one of your Muzzle pieces over the top of the Teeth Segment.  Use the black line you just sewed to help give you a visual.  You’ll see the top of the Teeth Segment in between the center part of the Muzzle near the top.  Starting in the middle, sew on to the Body with a straight stitch using a single strand of white embroidery thread.
Spring Bunny_6

8. Take one of your Heart Nose pieces and align it so that it sits nicely in the middle of the Muzzle.  Sew one straight stitch in the center dip of the top part of the heart using a single strand of pink embroidery thread.  Do another single straight stitch at the bottom point of the heart. Spring Bunny_7
9. Attach the button eyes.  Keep each eye above the Heart Nose and centered over one Muzzle pooch.  Before sewing the eyes make sure you have them turned so that your button holes are horizontal.
Spring Bunny_8 Once your eyes are sewn in place take about 3 strands of white embroidery thread and make a knot at one end.
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Pull the knot up to the interior button hole so it sits almost flush on top of the button, but not all the way thru it.  This will make a pupil. Repeat for the second button eye.  If you’d like you can add a very small dab of craft glue or fray check to the knots to keep them from unraveling.
Spring Bunny_9

 10. Add details! Using one strand of black embroidery thread and a running stitch, sew a little arched line underneath each eye.

Spring Bunny_11 Then sew on 3 whiskers on each side of the Muzzle using one long straight stitch each. Spring Bunny_12
Set the completed bunny front aside.

11.  Pick up the matching felt color Body piece and one of the matching ears.  Using a tiny straight stitch and one strand of matching embroidery thread, sew on the ear to the Body using the little “tab” at the bottom part of the ear.  Repeat for the second ear.
Spring Bunny_13

Spring Bunny_14 12. Pair your completed bunny front together with the completed ear section, the ear “tabs” should be sandwiched between the layers. Pin together.  All your stitch work should now be neatly hidden on the inside of your bunny.  Sew together starting on the bottom right hand corner using a running stitch and one strand of matching embroidery thread.  Sew close to the edge of your felt, using neat even stitches. Spring Bunny_15
Go all the way around the bunny body till you reach the bottom left hand corner and stop to add a small amount of fiberfill to the bunny.
Spring Bunny_16 Stuff it so it’s slightly plump, then continue sewing the bunny closed till you reach the bottom right hand corner again.  Tie off your thread and you’ve finished one of your bunnies! Spring Bunny_17
Repeat steps 1-12 for the next 4 Bunnies until you have a total of 5.

Make sure you give your bunnies names and feed them each day!

Click here to view the pattern at full size and print!

Spring Bunny Pattern

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