Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sock Bunnies

On my sewing board there is a lady named Kate who had the time to make this sweet tutorial for these lovely bunnies, perfect for Easter Decorations.  Unfortunately, she does not have a blog to post it on, so she was generous enough to let me post it here.  I hope you enjoy.
 I used to make these with nylon socks, but could not find any.  They work pretty well with cotton blend.

(my basket is too big, oops!)
Little girl socks, size 3-12 months
Coordinating Fabric or scraps (5" x 7")
Small black beads
Button thread
Embroidery floss
Embroidery needle
Sewing needle

(sewing machine, marking pen/chalk)

*Note, all hand sewing (save embroidery) is used with button thread for strength.

Unfold sock from side view, and turn inside out, and refold to bottom view with heel pointing up. Measure 1/2” from top of heel, and draw a gently rounded V, to the toe seam edges (The heel will become bunny’s face)

Stitch along V, trim close to stitch line, and turn right side out. (I use a pen to turn the ears)

Since we're at the sewing machine already, make a 1/2" hem on the long side of your 5" x 7" fabric. Fold in half, RST, and sew along side and bottom of bag. Turn.

Using a needle threaded with button thread, come down through the middle of the bunny ear, at the base. Bring thread to back, fold ear in half and wrap several times. tie off. Repeat for other ear.

Stuff the head and body of the bunny with polyfil.

My aunt used to make the fattest little bunny faces. I prefer mine a little on the slender side, but have fun. I made a chubby one this time. The great thing about these bunnies is that each one is unique, so feel free to have bunnies of various sizes.

Using a strand of button thread, wrap around bunny's neck, and tie off. ( just wring his neck, no needle for this part)

For the eyes and mouth, bring needle threaded with button thread from back of neck to eye. Pick up bead, and go back through to back of neck. Repeat for other eye. Pull to shape face.

Again, through the back of the neck, take a small stitch for the mouth. Moosh the bunny face to your liking.

Embroider a nose with embroidery floss.

Place bunny in bag, and tie bow around neck.
I use these beads. The package says they are Glass E Beads - 6/0 Black. I bought them at JoAnn. They are not the tiniest black beads, maybe the second size up?

The bunnies are just placed in the bag, with a ribbon tied. They are for decoration, not intended as use for a toy.
Just a little reminder...
For personal use only, not for commercial use.  Thank you.


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