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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