We've named him Righteous. He reminds me of a skater dude, so he needs a really cool name. I know he's faceless right now. Don't worry, I'll take care of his adorable mug later today. I wanted to get the tutorial up as soon as possible because if you are joining in on the Bonus Craftivism Challenge, you need to mail your bunny (bunnies) no later than Monday, and then you'll need to mail them Priority Mail. So let's get started!
You will need one pair of size large cotton socks in at least a medium length. I used men's boot socks I found at Dollar General (2 pair/$4). I like how they looked like traditional sock monkey socks. You can use whatever socks you'd like.
You will also need a needle and thread, pins, polyester stuffing, and either a fabric marking pen (this is what I used) or a pencil, and decorations of your choice. Just remember, for The Bunny Project, if you use buttons, you must label your bun "Ages 4+".
As you put this little guy together, you'll see a lot of similarities to our glove bunny, so if you're new to sewing, this is a great "next-step" project for you.
Here is the template I used as my inspiration for my bunny. If you like to make sock monkeys or would like to learn, this is the best pattern, with the easiest instructions, I've found. Obviously, to make a bunny, we're going to do a few things differently, but you can get an idea of how this is all going to go together.
Time is short so let's get started!
Trim the cuff off one sock and save it for later. Stuff this sock up into the toe, and fill the foot portion roughly 1/3 full. Run a gathering stitch under the stuffing, starting in the center back and leaving a long starting tail. When you get all the way around, pull the starting tail and working thread to gather your sock around the stuffing. Do the criss-cross we did with the glove bunny, and tie TIGHTLY to secure. Snip threads close to your knot. This will make the little bunny head.
Pin through all the layers to mark the paw on the other side, then flip and trace the line that the pins make. Your paws may not be exactly identical, but they will be close.
For the ears, draw a straight line down from near the center of the toe. This will give your bun a little tip of color on his/her ears. You can make your ears as long or short as you'd like. Repeat the pin and redraw procedure.
After marking, stitch on the lines either on your sewing machine or by hand. Be sure when you stitch the ears that you leave the bottom open! After the ears and paws are stitched, cut them free from the sock. Turn them right side out. Here you can see one of each right side out, and one still inside out.
And now the fun begins! Stitch the ears and arms onto your bunny. I liked sewing the ears just below that black spot on the toe. Kind of like they are sticking out from under a little hat. I also sewed the arms on a bit high so they'd be covered by that leftover cuff. Speaking of which - roll the raw edge under.
Slide the cuff over the bunny's head. It will look like a little turtleneck.
Special Addition: To make the tail: cut a circle from leftover sock material. I used the inside of a canning ring as a template.
Fold the raw edges in a bit and stitch with a gathering stitch. Add a wee bit of stuffing in the center and pull tight to close. Stitch to the bunny's little bum. I stitched mine so the wrong side of the fabric of my sock (which is white and fluffy) was out. You can sew yours how you like.
So this is where you need to call on your own creativity. Obviously, this little guy needs a face. I am going to embroider it. You can do the button eyes like we did for the glove bunny. You can add clothing (please remember choking hazzards for little ones and label your bunny appropriately when shipping). You could do fabric ears. Just have a lot of fun with it! Make a bunch!
As of today, I have 5 at my house and a commitment for 1 more. I'm hoping to get 100 donated. I need your help to do this! If you could take an evening this weekend and make a bunny, and ship it out either Saturday or Monday via Priority Mail, I know the children in Harrisburg will appreciate your generosity!
Remember, the bunny goes in a plastic bag to keep it clean. Label "Ages 3 and Under" or "Ages 4+".
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