My Material Life

Pastel Bunnies To Sew

Wouldn’t these be fun to find in your Easter basket?  They are made with that fabric you can print on with an inkjet printer.  I made these with photos of bunnies that I found online and opened with my camera’s photo editing software so I could play with the colors.  They are backed with fabrics that I already had and stuffed with polyester fiberfill.  Pretty neat trick, eh?

Do you know that fabric I’m talking about?  I ordered mine (C. Jenkins Miracle Fabric Sheets™) online a couple of years ago for a project that never did come to fruition, but my sister was working on a photo-printing fabric project recently and she bought her printable fabric in a roll from the fabric store.

Want to see how it’s done?  First you need to find your bunny photo(s) and open it in some kind of software that lets you play with color.  I had no idea what I was doing, but I found the RGB levels and played with those until I was happy with the results.  This was really fun and a lot easier than I expected it would be.

Next, print your bunnies using your printable fabric and your inkjet printer according to the directions on your fabric package.

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You will probably need to heat set the ink and possibly wash the fabric; again follow the directions that came with your fabric.  Now draw a seam allowance around the printed bunny, usually 1/2″ to 5/8″ wide.

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Cut your bunny out on the line you just drew.

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Now you’ll place your backing fabric right side up and your bunny wrong side down onto your backing fabric.  Use the bunny as a guide for drawing the piece you’ll need to cut for your backing.

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You’re going to use the outline of your bunny as your stitching line (it shows through the back of the fabric).  It’s helpful to go over this line with your fabric pencil because it can be hard to see when you’re stitching.

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Be sure to leave an opening for turning in your stitching line marking.  Now go ahead and stitch the two pieces together.

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Once stitched, press your work.  Then trim your seam allowance to 1/4″ to 3/8″ wide and proceed to trim outer corners and notch inner corners and curves.  This will reduce the bulk in your seam and allow for better shaping.

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Turn your work right sides out and use a point turner to fully turn the ears, the curves and everything else.  Then you are ready to stuff your bunny.  Pull your fill apart and don’t try to stuff too much in at one time.  Start with very small amounts in the ears and tight spaces.  A point turner or some similar tool can help move the fill into those areas.

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Don’t worry about a little buckling at the seams or folding at the ears.  These things just give your bunny a little more dimension.  Once bunny is pretty well stuffed you can slip stitch your opening closed.  You can keep filling the bunny once you start slip stitching and make your final stitches when that bunny is really stuffed.

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Well done!

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For my backings I used two Liberty fabrics (green and blue) and one Lotta Jansdotter fabric (orchid).  A bunny with real stand-up ears holds its own even from the back.

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Not so with the lop-eared bunnies, but they sure are cute from the front.

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I was only going to make one of these bunnies, but after the first one I printed I remembered this photo and had to make more.

Source: Michael Hoppen Gallery

Source: Michael Hoppen Gallery

Have you seen this before?  It’s by English photographer Tim Walker, and it has not been photoshopped.  Read his story about it here.

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Hoppy pre-Easter week!

 

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