Materials:

  • our
  • pins and scissors
  • 30cm of wool felt fabric (for body and ears)
  • complementary cotton print fabrics
  • embroidery thread (for ears and face)
  • needle and sewing thread
  • two 12cm x 1cm strips of cardboard
  • polyester fibre filling
  • piece of ribbon (for decoration)

Step by step:

1. Print the bunny  at your desired size. Cut out the pattern pieces for the bunny’s body, arm, leg, ear and tail.

2. Pin body and ear pattern pieces to felt. Cut out 2 pieces for body and 2 pieces for ears. Pin arm, leg, ear and tail pattern pieces to cotton fabric. Cut out 4 pieces for arms, 4 pieces for legs, 2 pieces for insides of ears and 1 piece for tail.

3. Cut cotton fabric pieces for insides of ears 1cm smaller (all around) than ear template. Pin them, right-side up, on felt ears and hand-stitch in place with embroidery thread, leaving base open. Insert cardboard strips into ears and trim any excess cardboard.

4. Work running-stitch 5mm in from edge of tail piece, leaving thread ends long. Place filling in centre, then pull thread ends to gather fabric into a tail. Tie thread ends together to secure.

5. Pin pairs of fabric arm pieces together, right sides together, and hand- or machine-stitch a narrow seam (about 5mm) around edges, leaving ends open. Repeat with the legs. Turn arms and legs right-sides out and stuff with filling (use a bamboo skewer to help).

6. Lay arms across right side of one body piece with edges aligned and stitch in place. Lay ears right-side down over face of bunny with edges aligned and stitch in place. Place right sides of body pieces together (arms and ears will be inside). Stitch a 5mm seam around body, leaving base open.

7. Turn bunny right-side out and stuff with filling. Fold base of body in while pinning legs in place, then hand-stitch closed. Stitch tail in place. Use embroidery thread to sew eyes and nose. Tie ribbon in a bow around neck.