Winter is over, and if you have kids, I can promise you that you have a TON of "lonely gloves". Here's a great project to make with them...
Who would've guessed that we would have 8+ days above 80 degrees in northern Illinois in March. Seriously. And with the warmer weather, everyone has been packing up their winter gear, and in this process, maybe you've found a few gloves that are missing their mate. This post by Tamika at No Time for Tea Parties is a great tutorial of how to make a glove bunny from these "lonely gloves".
These are just so cute, I decided to give it a try myself, and I added a few touches of my own. Here's what we are making today.
Here's what you will need: Stretchy knit gloves. You can use orphans or pick up some at a dollar-type store pretty cheap. The top two pairs in the photo below we had as leftovers from a 3-pack. The bottom 8 pairs (those are all 2-packs), were on sale at our local Dollar General for $2 instead of their usual $3. That makes these gloves $1/pair. And since one pair of gloves makes 2 bunnies, that puts our little friends at 50 cents each. I think I can fit that into my craft budget! I thought the bright striped gloves would make for some really fun bunnies!
Here is the pair of gloves I decided to use first.
Following Tamika's directions, I trimmed off the thumb (straight line right along the hand portion of the glove), index finger, and pinky. I also trimmed the thumb piece straight, and made it the same length as the index finger. You'll see why in just a bit. Now, turn the glove inside out.
Carefully snip open the cuff.
Stitch the finger and thumb holes closed. I originally used an overcast stitch, but I will use a small running stitch when I make the next one. It will leave a more finished edge on the outside (and remember how finished edges take a project from homemade to handcrafted?). Turn your glove back around, right side out.
So I have to apologize here - for this next section, you are going to have to just trust me on the directions. Not one single photo I took came out clear. Not one. Because I'm getting really good at Practice Mondays and Carry-Over Mondays. Everyone has to be good at something, right? My camera is a big-picture kind of being. It can't wrap it's little digital mind around all the small details.
Don't worry, it's not complicated at all. Just take your time, and go step by step. If you feel totally confused, feel free to email me (address on contact page). I'll do my best to help.
Our bunny is feeling hungry - her little tummy is empty. Stuff the belly portion ABOVE where the cuff/legs meet the future torso. Repeat the running stitch across the top of the legs, which will also sew up her "personal areas". If desired, you can run another set of stitching to give the legs more individual definition. I chose not to do this.
You will alse need to stitch up her inseam. The knit fabric of the glove should curl in towards the center of each leg. Use this to your advantage, and stitch this seam shut with the raw edges in. Overcast stitch here is fine. Stuff each leg with fiberfill. Roll the bottom of her bunny feet in towards the stuffing, and using a gathering stitch, sew them shut. You now have a perfectly usable bunny doll, made by upcycling a glove! Welcome to the world of dollmaking!
So it was at this point that I wanted to give my new friend some of the personality I knew she had inside. I started by giving her a tail. Take the pinky piece you saved and cut it about halfway between where the curve of the fingertip meets the straight side and the bottom cut edge. That was a mouthful, and hopefully you get the picture. The photo below shows a practice piece that I cut too short, but I think you can get a good idea. I actually cut it where the curvy portion meets the straight side, so when you make yours, cut about half-way between where you can see that I cut and that bottom raw edge. Make sense now?
Tamika used french knots to make her bunnies eyes. If you are making your bunny for a child under the age of 3, I suggest doing the same thing to prevent choking. I chose to do small buttons because my bunny will go to an older child, and also because I can't make french knots. You can also do whatever embroidery you'd like, or use felt/fabric. Whatever works best for you, using what you have on hand.
This is the "design on the fly" portion of our program today...
I also decided to give her some ribbons on her ears.
She needed a dress, so I snagged a piece of pretty floral that would match her eyes (and why I chose that color for the ribbon). I cut out a rectangle after doing a rough measure to make sure that the scrap would cover Miss Bunny all the way around.
Start in the center back, and do a gathering stitch all the way around the neck, pulling as needed to get it to fit. Knot your thread and trim the ends.
So what's a new dress without new shoes to go with it?!
I clipped the thumbs off a spare pair of black gloves.
Final touch: embroidered her little nose and mouth.
Have a great rest of the weekend, everyone! See you tomorrow!
And PS - be sure you click through on one of the links above to thank Tamika for such a wonderul inspiration piece!