Ever wanted to know how to make dolls or stuffed animals, but when you looked at the instructions, you got lost and intimidated? Well, I have good news for you: Let me share with you, step by step, the easiest plush stuffed rabbit to make. I have looked at many patterns, and this one is by for the simplest and easiest. Great for beginners to learn! But why rabbits and bunnies? Why such an interest in this cute critter?
Bunny Rabbit Craze
There is something about bunny rabbits that attracts the interest of many. In fact, it is one of the most collected animals after teddy bears. From Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit tales and Chuck Jones’ Bugs Bunny to the Velveteen Rabbit and the Easter Bunny–there is somethings about cute bunnies that people like. There is an innocent quality about them that people adore (except for Bugs Bunny who was created bereft of that quality.) Fairy Tales almost always depict cute bunny rabbits at some point in the storybook or film. But before I get into the directions for making plush stuffed rabbits, I’d like to share with you a little story about this pattern and my experience.
A Little Backstory: My Pattern and Me
I am not quite sure anymore where this bunny rabbit pattern came from, but I have had it quite a while now. I first used it because it seemed so easy–just one pattern piece cut out of a double layer of fabric and sewn together. It really is that easy. If this is your first sewing project, this is a great one to start with.
When I first made this bunny rabbit, I only had a few scraps of felt to work with. I was new to making stuffed animals, but finished product turned out great! That is how simple it was then and still is now. I did add a step to it the project–the tail. There wasn’t one, but I think it adds to the project and is also easy to do.
I’ve taught school for a number of years and used this simple rabbit pattern to make bunny dolls. A great attention-getter and asset for related lessons at school. I made several later on, making a variety by simply changing the fabric textures and designs. White, pink, and even yellow and blue felt bunnies look good. So do small polka dots and floral designs. The children loved seeing the designs.
We sang songs, told stories, and played games with these bunnies. Since then, I have made them for nephews and nieces as well. So be creative with your fabric choices and who knows what cute bunny rabbits could be created.
Easy Enough Children Can Do It
This easy project is simple enough that children can do it with the guidance of an adult. Because needles, basic sewing, and fabric cutting are required for this project, I do not recommend this for children under nine years old. Of course, it could be modified for younger children by substituting the cloth/fabric and thread for construction paper and yarn. (For younger children, trace the pattern onto thick paper instead of cloth and glue or draw the facial features instead of embroidering.)
When I taught grade 4 (ages 9 and 10), I actually had my students make this easy bunny rabbit craft. They loved it. I taught them how to trace the pattern and cut it out, how to do a basic sewing stitch, and how to stuff the rabbit. They were able to do most of the project themselves with my guidance along the way. Here are some of their creations.
So Let’s Hop to It!
Enough talk. Let’s get going with this project. Follow each step and I am confident you will agree that this is the easiest pattern for making a plush rabbit. This is a beginner project that will encourage someone in the craft of sewing if you have never sewn before. Look at the material/supply list, and before you begin, be sure you have the materials on hand.
- Fabric of your choice (cotton, felt, flannel, or fabric prints, etc.–at least 8 in. x 10.5 in. double layer)
- embroidery floss (pink and black)
- buttons (1/2 in. diameter)
- ribbon of your choice (12″-18″ long)
- fiberfill/ poly or cotton stuffing
- cotton balls or Sherpa wool fabric (fake sheep wool fabric)
Step by Step Instructions
1. Trace and Cut. This rabbit is made with only two pieces of cloth sewn together. Trace pattern onto a double layer of fabric. Notice dotted line (1/4″ inseam). Be sure to trace the 1/4″ inseam dotted line onto the fabric. You can do this either by tracing around the pattern piece with a pen/pencil and eyeing the inside lines or use the tracing method. Then cut out the pattern pieces. If you have a double layer of fabric you will only need to cut once. If using very thick plush fabric, you may choose to trace it twice and cut twice to get a more precise cut.
2. Position and Stitch. Position the two pieces of fabric (bunny rabbit body) right sides together and stitch 1/4″ from outside edge. Be sure not to stitch the bottom section between the dots. Leave this open for stuffing.
3. Turn Out and Stitch Ears. The body right side out so that the fabric side you want showing will be on the outside. Stitch a dividing line between the ears.
4. Stuff. Insert fiberfill stuffing firmly into rabbit body.
5. Slip-Stich Closed. Once bunny rabbit is stuffed to desired firmness (less stuffing for a more squishy bunny rabbit), slip stitch the opening closed.
6. Apply Facial Features: Eyes, Nose, and Mouth. Sew two buttons onto face for the eyes. (I prefer 4-holed buttons.) embroider a triangle-shaped nose below eyes using pink embroidery floss. Below the nose, embroider mouth with black or pink embroidery floss. Many doll makers embroider the face before sewing the project together, but I prefer to do it at the end so that I know the features end up precisely where I want them.
Not sure how to embroider? Click hear to learn how: embroider a mouth
Variation: If working with younger children, you may choose to cut out black felt circles for the eyes and glue in place with fabric glue. Instead of embroidering, you may instead choose to cut a pink felt triangle nose and glue in place. Use fabric paint for a mouth.
7. Add a Ribbon Bow. Take a piece of ribbon 12-18″ long (1/2 to 3/4″ wide) and tie snugly about the rabbit neck. Then tie a bow. Hand stitch ribbon in back so that ribbon cannot be removed.
8. (optional) Make a Tail. A tail can be made from cotton balls or Sherpa fabric. Sherpa fabric is a fabric that is basically fake sheep’s wool fabric. If using cotton balls, take a cotton ball or two and stitch at the rear of rabbit. For using Sherpa fabric, cut out a circle 3″ in diameter. Baste along outer edge 1/4″. Pull drawstring. Fill with stuffing. Tie and knot the drawstring ends. You now have a rabbit tail. Sew the tail onto rabbit rump at center.
Share A Bunny
I hope this simple project helps you. Hop to it and have fun doing it with someone today. Please let me know how the project went. Were you successful? Did you understand the directions? Any ideas that come to your mind? What color or fabric design do you prefer? How would you implement this project? I would love to hear about it in the comments section. And feel free to share this with a friend today. Have a “hoppy” creative day!