DIY Monday: Funny Bunny Plush Doll

Bunny dollI had so much fun creating this quirky little bunny doll. I’m planning to gift this to Jeremy’s niece, Isabella, for Easter. I looove Easter, but I’ve never been a fan of traditional Easter colors. This plushie can easily be adapted into lots of different animals or you can even make a cute bunny family! Anyway, here goes…

I stitched this plush up in about 2 hours from %100 recycled materials (minus tread)! I went ‘fabric shopping’ in my own closet. Lucky for me, I recently made a huge donation bag so it was easy to choose. I found a few oversized dresses in fabrics i loved to rework!

DIY step 1Step 1: Cut 2 pieces each of these two measurements (inches). These will be the base for the head and body of your cute bunny. note: when reworking used garments, it’s best to avoid seams and try to find large sections of unstitched fabric to cut from.

DIY step 2Step 2: Begin stitching details on your plush’s face (One of the 7x8inch rectangles). I started with a base layer for the eyes (imperfect hand cut circles appx 1.5 inches round).

DIY step 3Step 3: Complete details on the face with machine and/or hand stitching and buttons. note: buttons are not safe for babies, they can be substituted for felt appliques! 😉

4Step 4: To stitch together your bunny’s head; stitch, reverse and stuff ears (example below) stitch the face together with the facial features facing down (insider) and the ears upside down on the inside. Leave a 4 inch hole at the base of the bunny’s head for stuffing and body attachment.

Bunny earsBunny ear example. My cut pieces were 3×4 inches, but you can make the ears longer if you prefer (i think short bunny ears are kinda adorable….)

DIY step 5 pocketDIY step 5 heartStep 5: It’s time to choose something sweet for the front of your bunny’s body (one of your 6×6 pieces). I thought a pocket from my lumberjack shirt would be cool, but in the end i settled on a heart instead!

DIY step 6Step 6: Cut our arms and legs (2 layers or fabric for each limb). My cut fabric for arms was 2×3 inches and legs were 2×4 inches. Stitch the pieces, turn them inside out and stuff like (just like you did with ears).

DIY step 7Step 7: Next, you’ll arrange them like this (pointing in) and pin the other layer of 6×6 fabric over the top. Stitch all the way around, leaving a small (3-4 inch) opening at the top for stuffing.

DIY step 7 pt 2(this is how your body will look when pinned together, before stitching)

DIY step 7 pt3 And here’s another ‘in progress’ shot. Next up is stuffing the head & body!

DIY step 8Step 8: After stuffing both pieces, stitch the head and body together.

DIY step 9 necklaceStep 9: (the final step.. whew!) Stitch a cute pearl necklace on your bunny using random buttons & embroidery thread.

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Plush bunny tutorial BHooray! Happy Monday to you. I hope you enjoyed this cute little Do-It-Yourself project! XO. elsie

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  • Melissa – Danuta and Joanna! I absolutly LOVED this sesison with the both of you! This is my second time doing this kind of shoot and I didn’t know how it could get any better but it did. I loved the energy and how the sesison flowed so well, it went by so fast and I had so much fun while I was doing it!I loved my look and the whole process of make up and hair this time it was new and fun for me. The planning process really helped me pull together my look and make it just right for me to enjoy and feel good in front of the camera.I really think every woman needs to do this for themselves at least once-it’s an amazing feeling to see how beautiful you truly are-surprise yourself and do it for you, you won’t regret it.Thanks again so very much-Melissa

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  • It’s cute! Even though bunnies kind of scare me. Maybe I could make it into a kitty? Hmmmm

  • Love It, the pattern really gave me a great idea; oh and btw love the plaid!! Adds a little more to the critter, and the plaid also makes it possible to gift to older girls– You rock and the step by step is so awesome!! Easy!

  • sooo cute

    I have included this in my Gifts To Sew For Christmas round up
    http://jojoebi.blogspot.com/2010/10/lots-of-gifts-to-sew.html
    thanks
    jo

  • This was so cute. :] I made my own version for my friend’s birthday. I posted it here: http://goldnlief.deviantart.com/#/d2wktyv

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  • I just finished making this! I found it so much fun to make and I’m going to give it to my nephew, Harley!
    Thanks Elsie (:

    Here it is: http://twitpic.com/154ro4

    xxx

  • I love this little guy! So adorable and cute! I couldn’t resist adding this to our “link luv roundup” today, come by for a peek! http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/2010/02/link-luv-roundup_24.html

  • My Pet Rabbit’s name is Senor Funny Bunny, so of course I have to make a Funny Bunny 🙂

  • hello elsie,

    I’m not sure if you read every single
    comment (you’ve so many readers!) but
    I’m a sewing newbie and was wondering
    what did you use for your stuffing? (:

  • Love the green aspect of this sweet little bunny. Can’t wait to try something similar!

  • hats off to you, this is one of the cutest things I’ve seen in a long time 🙂 Love it!!

  • Eep! So cute! I’m working on a new bag for spring right now but this is definitely my next sewing project, thanks for the tutorial!
    <3

  • This is absolutely adorable. I’m in the process of repo-ing my sewing machine back from my mom and I’m totally going to try this!

    I made a similar doll for my little Harper Lee not too long ago and I think its time for some Easter fun!

    ps- I usually take old clothes that my little ones have grown out of to make stuffed goodies too – I even cut out the patches or printed pieces to add fun to them!!

    great DIY!

    xo,

    spicklebee.blogspot.com

  • I love your craft ideas, thank you SO much for posting them. I don’t have a sewing machine, but I will do my best to hand sew. I love crafts, but I just need a hand in the ideas because sometimes I just don’t think of it, or I do and don’t know how to execute!

    I want to learn to crochet/knit but I have NO clue and no one around me knows either. any advice how to learn?

  • Please share your make-up tips! I love your make-up…it’s simple, natural, but you can tell you have it on. LOVE IT!!

  • I just got a sewing machine so maybe I’ll make this fun doll the first piece I make on it. Thanks for sharing the instructions!

  • this is sooo cool and looks very easy to make (i’m a big-time newbie sew-ista)… gonna make one for toy society! thanks for the DIY!

  • Very cutsie! And as a mom of two, I was glad to read the comment about substituting the buttons for fabric eyes (I was a little worried at the beginning of the post when I read it was for a niece…)

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  • this has got to be my most favorite DIY to date!!!…i’ve always wanted to make a little guy like this!!..thanks elsie!!

  • I remember your plushies that inspired me to make one for my dd but I never finished it. I know I am bad but I am for sure going to finished it this time.

    Thanks for this DIY–gives me inspiration once again and it never hurts being green. Off to dig through the give away bag–:D

    I

  • i think this is the cutest project ever!!!
    <333
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  • SO cool! Like the idea of recycled materials, awesome!

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  • at a glance the necklace looks like the bunny’s teeth which in my opinion makes it even cuter. maybe i’ll make a bunny monster…

  • This is so cute and seems easy as well. Thank you so much for this tutorial. Maybe I’ll give it a try.

  • hi elsie, and thanks alot for the step by step!

    PS: i wouldn’t recommend to put buttons on it for a 2 year old !!!

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