Hey y’all – today I get to share how to make a DIY Easter bunny – or, you know, if your scraps seem to multiply like rabbits (ha!), a few bunnies. I also got to use my friend Melissa’s Wonderland Fabric for these cuties, which should be shipping from stores right about now – just in time for Easter!
I have a tradition of making my kids handmade Easter bunnies of some sort each year, which is going to be challenging as they get older and maybe grow out of stuffed animals. But we’re not there yet, thank goodness. And you know, as long as I’m sewing 2 bunnies, why not sew 4 and make some for my niece and nephew too. Especially when they’ve got cute floppy ears like these!
Want to make your own? I’ve got a pattern option and a video and written tutorial to make these! You’ll need:
- 1/4 yard main fabric and 1/8 yd contrast for each bunny.
- White yarn (for the tail)
- White and black embroidery thread
- Polyester fiberfill stuffing
- The pattern. See below for options to get this.
Option 1: Download for free.
To download the pattern for free, subscribe to the Melly Sews Weekly Newsletter. AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot!
(PS – if you have trouble finding the pattern as a subscriber, check this post)
Please note that all my free patterns are licensed for personal use only (no selling items made from this pattern unless you purchase it) and by downloading you are agreeing to this license.
Option 2: Purchase this one size pattern for $5.
Use this link or the button below to purchase a pattern file. You’ll be emailed a download link for a file that includes the instructions in this tutorial and the pattern pieces (the free version has pattern pieces only). You’ll also be able to download this file in my shop. And if you’d like to sell bunnies you made, this is the option you should use.
Cut your bunny pattern and fabric out, making sure to have 2 bodies, 4 ears (2 of main and 2 of contrast, mirrored), 8 paws, and 1 belly (contrast fabric).
I’ve got the video here to show you how to sew these, and if for some reason it doesn’t load you can also watch it on YouTube here. If you prefer the written tutorial, keep scrolling past the video to see it.
Start by using the black embroidery thread to embroider the face, using a satin stitch. Not sure how to do that? Check this post on embroidery stitches.
Next, wrap the yarn to make a pom pom. For small pom poms like this one, I like to use a fork for the wrapping. Wrap the yarn not too tightly a bunch of times, then use the white embroidery thread to tie it off in the middle, leaving yourself a long thread tail.
Slide the yarn off the fork and clip the loops to form the fluffy tail.
Then use the embroidery thread to sew the pom pom securely to the back of the bunny. Note: if you’re making this for a baby gift, you might want to skip the tail. Industrious babies might be able to get strands of the pom pom out and in their mouths.
Next, sew a basting stitch 3/8″ from the raw edge all along the belly of the bunny. This gives you a stable edge to use as you press the raw edges of the belly to the wrong side. Once this is pressed (and the fabric will have wrinkles/puckers on the back side; just make sure the front is smooth) remove the basting thread. Center the belly on the front of the bunny and topstitch into place right along the folded edge.
Place ears (1 main, 1 contrast) right sides together and stitch around the edges, then trim seams to 1/4″. Repeat this process with the paws. Turn ears and paws right side out and press.
Pin ears and paws to bunny front as shown below, pinning excess ears toward center so they don’t get stuck in the seams. Baste the ears and paws onto the bunny.
Place the bunny front and back right sides together and stitch, leaving and opening between the legs to turn the bunny. Clip into neck corners and trim seams down to 1/4″, except at the opening – leave the 3/8″ seam allowance there.
Turn the bunny right side out through the opening.
Stuff the bunny with polyester fiberfill and then use a blind stitch to sew up the opening. And done!
When Tater saw me making these, he wanted to help, so the bunny above was sewn partially by him. The belly was good practice for him to sew around small curves, and though he didn’t get as close to the folded edge as I would have, there aren’t any raw edges peeking out, so I didn’t make him seam rip. Why kill pride in a project over picky details like that? Especially when he’s a beginner.