Easiest Plush Stuffed Rabbit to Make

Easiest Plush Stuffed Rabbit to Make

plush stuffed rabbit

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

 

plush rabbit pattern
plush rabbit pattern

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.

plush stuffed rabbit

plush stuffed rabbit

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.

MATERIALS:

  • 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)
  • thread
  • 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.

plush rabbit directions

 

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.

plush rabbit directions

 

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.

stitch rabbit ears

 

4. Stuff. Insert fiberfill stuffing firmly into rabbit body.

make a plush rabbit directions

 

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.

easy plush stuffed rabbit

 

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.

easy plush suffed rabbit. adding facial features

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.

making stuffed rabbit tail

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!

plush stuffed rabbit

 

 

 

 


28 thoughts on “Easiest Plush Stuffed Rabbit to Make

  1. This is TOO CUTE! I love bunnies! I have always loved stuffed animals too. As a mom, I am always looking for crafty ways to keep my son busy. He is too little to use a needle and thread, but I sure like the idea of using construction paper and drawing on the little face. Very creative! I was wondering if you can use buttons for eyes? What do you think?

  2. This looks like a wonderful project to do with children. Although I disagree that Bugs Bunny is lacking innocence. They specifically created the cartoons so that someone else was always the aggressor and bugs was just defending himself. trying to impact a bit of innocence to him. Can’t wait to try this project with my nephews.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post. Hope you get opportunity to try it out. Yes, I agree that Bugs Bunny was protecting himself from predators. When I said lacking innocence I was simply meaning he has a bit of attitude–that’s all. He isn’t like the cute animals of Bambi or the innocent bunny rabbits and other critters in the enchanted storybook forest such as Disney’s Snow White or Sleeping Beauty. He is more human-like.

      Thanks for commenting and sharing your perspective. Keep watching for more projects.

  3. I love this one! This is simple and a great craft idea for the kids to do. Heck, I will have fun making this! I love that you have included pictures, and pictures of kids how have made this. Just goes to show, anyone can do it!

    1. Thanks for the feedback and encouragement. Glad you enjoyed this. I also thought the pictures and illustrations would help people see how this rabbit is put together and how even children can make and enjoy them.

  4. Great article with 3 daughters who love to do projects we will be giving this one a try for a rainy day project and with your easy to follow steps I know they will love making this cool bunny.
    Thank you so much,
    David

  5. Hey Rob!

    These hand drawn instructions are so easy to follow!

    You drew these? Simple yes!…..that a child can do!

    I love rabbits and bunnies to!…I saw Peter Rabbit 3 times! I have the DVD and looking to get a plush toy of him….for myself lol..

    I like Bugs Bunny to! and that is coming from someone who loves fairy tales!….Bugs rock!!!!!

    Ravi

    1. You seem to have really enjoyed this post. Thank you for the nice comment. Interesting you mentioned Peter Rabbit. I actually am hoping to make a doll of him in the future–as well as Snow White, Little Boy Blue, Little Bo Peep, and Little Red Riding Hood. All the best, Ravi.

  6. It looks like Robert is Here with great ideas! This is a fantastic post for the moms and dads looking for fun stuff for the kids! I pin this one in my favorites for when I do it with my kids when I have them in the future! Thanks a lot!

  7. Bunnies seem cute and adorable unless you got a scar from watching the horror movie Donnie Darko.
    Anyways, this a cute project one can do with their little ones and spend time together.
    Cheers,
    Sir Dantes

  8. My little cousin needed something like this and I am glad that I found something as easy as this. I wonder how can I modify this for him? Because he is only seven years old.

    1. Yes, it can be modified. You can make it out of construction paper and yarn instead of fabric and thread. Use a hole punch. Lace the yarn through and stuff. This way, you don’t need a needle. Leave an opening to stuff and close up afterward. Glue the eyes on. Young children will find it quite fun.

  9. This rabbit pattern is great! It looks like something that would be easy to do and a fun project to do with my grandkids. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  10. This little guy rocks… We have a Sphynx cat that loves new toys… He has a shoebox full of them… mostly paracord strips and balls. This one is his favorite stuffed one.

    Thank you some much for sharing the recipe.. 😉

  11. Very cute bunnies! These would be really good around Easter time of course too. My kids would love to try their hands at these – and I could probably use the occasion to persuade them to eat a few more carrots!

  12. This is a great project for kids – I really enjoyed projects like this growing up. Also a nice way to introduce sewing skills to the young ones as well! I like the high-level of detail you’ve provided in this post – it’s clear that anyone reading your instructions will know exactly what to do! I will share with my friends who are teachers 🙂

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed this post. Please doshare it with friends and families. Teachers, parents, and creative people will surely like it and benefit from it. Thank you for your kind words.

  13. OMG I love this so much! I actually do alot of DIY’s and I just might have to use this (Linking to YOUR page and this post of course!!!) This would be perfect for a simple gift for a baby shower or even to give to kids for Christmas and such. This is such a lovely idea. You did great!!!

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