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How to sew a baby-safe homemade toy bunny rabbit!

Aug 1, 2015 | A day in my life, Blog, Toy-making TIPS & TUTORIALS

My Baby Bunny sewing pattern is one of my oldest AND most popular toy sewing patterns. I think it’s because it’s a baby safe toy. NOW I’ve put together a photo tutorial so you can see how to sew your own baby toy Baby Bunny… STEP by STEP!

toy bunny rabbit sewing pattern

*** PLEASE NOTE – this is ONLY a PHOTO TUTORIAL ***
The FULL PATTERN IS NOT included here.

It is NOT A FREE PATTERN!

I have made this photo tutorial so people who have purchased the pattern can SEE how to sew this stuffed toy Baby Bunny! (I wanted to explain this so you are not disappointed if you have found this page via a search engine and not from the link in my Baby Bunny toy sewing pattern!)

 

Choose some fabric to sew Baby Bunny!

Baby Bunny looks great in ALL sorts of colours – even plain white!

Baby safe BUNNY RABBIT plush toy sewing pattern


We start sewing Bunny’s EARS:

STEP 1

Sew the EAR PIECES together in pairs (1 main and 1 contrast fabric)

bunny ears

STEP 2a

Turn the EAR PIECES right sides out. Mark the pattern markings to EAR PIECE you cut from the contrast fabric.

pin ears

STEP 2b

Fold the inside edge of each ear (the edge with the dot pattern marking) to the center of the ear and use pins or a tacking stitch to hold them in position.

Fold ears

BUNNY ARMS:

STEP 3a

Sew the ARM PIECES together.

Pin arms

STEP 3b

Turn them right sides out.

turn arms

STEP 3c

Stuff them quite firmly with toy stuffing BUT do not stuff the top 1cm/ ½ inch. This is so that you can pin the ARM PIECES closed at the top.

stuff arms

BUNNY LEGS:

STEP 4a

Sew the LEG PIECES together and turn right sides out. Stuff them quite firmly with toy stuffing.

pin and sew legs

STEP 4b

Again, do not stuff the top 2cm/ 1 inch.

STOP!!!!!

*** The legs are pinned a little bit differently to the arms ~>

Fold the top of the legs so that the seams lie in the centre of each leg when you pin the top of the legs closed.

Pin legs

BUNNY BODY:

STEP 5

Sew the FRONT BODY PIECES together from A – B.

Front pieces

STEP 6

Sew the BACK BODY PIECES together from C – D.

Back body pieces

Sew the LEGS in place:

STEP 7

Pin the LEGS to the FRONT BODY PIECES. Position the top of the legs between the pattern markings on the FRONT BODY PIECES. (To make sure the bunny’s legs will face the front, you must pin the legs with the “feet” touching. the FRONT BODY PIECES).

pin legs to FRONT BODY PIECES

STEP 8

Sew the legs to the FRONT BODY PIECES then let them hang down so that they are ‘outside the body’.

Fold the legs down

Pin the EARS in place:

STEP 9

Pin the EARS to the FRONT BODY PIECES, between the pattern markings. (To make sure the ears will face forwards, place the ears so that the fold of the ears touch the right sides of the FRONT BODY PIECES.)

pin EARS

Pin the ARMS in place:

STEP 10

Pin the ARMS in position between the pattern markings on the FRONT BODY PIECES. (The arms are placed facing into the body and pointing downwards).

sew ARMS

STEP 11

Sew the BACK BODY PIECES to the FRONT BODY PIECES – REMEMBER to leave the gap across the tops of the legs open for you to turn and stuff your bunny.

* I’ve added the purple arrow in the photo below
to show you where the gap should be.

Sew BACK to FRONT

ASSEMBLY:

STEP 12

Turn your bunny right side out through the gap at the top of the LEGS.

Turn the BUNNY right sides out

STEP 13

Stuff the head and body quite firmly with toy stuffing. Make the nose area fairly firm – this makes it easier when sewing on the eyes and mouth.

Stuff the BUNNY toy

STEP 14

Sew the face before you sew the body closed! Follow the steps by step instructions in the pattern.

Face sewing diagram

TIP: If the toy is NOT for a baby, you can use a bead or safety eye instead of a French knot. It is NOT safe to use small parts for eyes when you are making a toy for a baby or a child under 3 years old. Use embroidery thread to sew a French knot for each eye instead. I have a blog post with lots more information about toy safety here.

toy safety tips

Sew a cute bunny TAIL:

STEP 15

Use a strong thread and a running stitch to gather the TAIL PIECE to form a cup shape. Fill this with toy stuffing and pull tightly to gather the TAIL PIECE to form a ball. Sew the TAIL closed and finish off securely. Sew the tail in this position using ladder stitching.

How to sew a bunny tail

STEP 16

Sew the gap at the top of the legs closed with a ladder stitch.

How to do a ladder stitch - Pauline McArthur

I forgot to take a photo of this step… but here are some finished baby bunnies for you to see instead! 🙂

baby toy patterns bunny

Your Baby Bunny is ready to LOVE!


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Pauline McArthur


Till next time,

Happy Sewing,

Pauline

5 Comments

  1. Trinity Perona

    Nice and very cute!

    Reply
  2. Pauline - Funky Friends Factory

    Thanks Trinity!

    Reply
    • Sarah

      Are the ears supposed to be really floppy and not stuffed?

      Reply
      • Pauline

        Hey Sarah, It’s a personal preference! 😀

        Reply
  3. Trinity Perona

    You’re very welcome!

    P.S. I finally finished Timmy T rex! I used my mum’s sewing machine all by myself to make him for the first time!

    Reply

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