On the eve of my son’s first Easter I went into a panic about the fact that there wasn’t anything to put in his Basket the following morning. Growing up we’d always gotton something special on Easter Morning, a pretty parasol or a fluffy teddy bear, something to help celebrate spring. Up until that point I hadn’t really thought about needing something for his first Easter. He was, after all, about 6 months old. We had dyed eggs and that would be enough. Except then it wasn’t. SO I sat up, late into the night, and sewed a simple bunny out of scrap fabric for him.
Of course the next morning he gnawed on it for a while and then discarded it for something better, food, and over time, we lost that little bunny. This Easter I’m reprising the little fabric bunny gift with these felt rabbits for my kids. Simple to make, squishy with just a little weight to them, they are just about as Easter-y as you can get.
Things you’ll need:
Light blue, royal blue, and white felt sheets, or other colors of your choice (three colors per bunny)
Rice (about 1 cup per bunny)
Sewing machine and notions
Things to do:
1. Using the template cut four pieces from the different felts, two of one color and then one each of the other two.
2. Lay two pieces flat together and stitch up the center seam. Repeat with the other pair.
3. Open up the bunnies and lay them flat together seams out and then stitch all around except for a 1 inch piece along the bottom.
4. Trim any thread and any uneven spots in the seam and then stuff 3/4 of the way full with batting. Top off with rice and then careful stitch the hole closed.
5. Wrap the yarn around the tines of the fork until you have a large ball. Slip a short piece of yarn through the center tine under the yarn and tie tightly around the loops. Slip the yarn off the fork and cut all loops to create a puff ball. Shape the yarn as needed.
6. Using the tail of the tie-yarn, sew the puff ball onto the back of the bunny for a tail.