When I saw the Allsorts fluffy stuffy bunny pattern, I knew it was time for me to venture into the world of sewing softies. I've never had much desire to sew a stuffed animal -- after all, there are shorts and Spring dresses to be sewn -- but that all changed when I saw Jenny B's ridiculously cute *free* pattern. So despite my February goal to sew for my boy, I had to tackle the project right away. Here's what I came up with:
And a view of the reverse of the dress (also a *free* pattern from Allsorts):
Now I'm new to sewing softies, so I have no real frame of reference, but it seems to me that the design and assembly of this little bunny are ingenious. You sew directly onto a freezer paper tracing, then cut. There's nothing hard about this. It's allsorts of easy (ha!), and it's fast.
I used a deliciously soft fabric called Minky Bonded Cuddle, which must have been on super sale when I bought it because now it's pricey. Apparently I like a challenge, because this fabric is backed with microsuede, which makes the hand embroidery (done at the end after the bunny is fully sewn and stuffed) more than a little tough. I think that also explains the crooked features, but I've decided that I like my bunny's imperfections. I also found some ridiculously soft yarn that made the perfect little cottontail.
I'm already at work on a second bunny. Big Sister is green with envy that I got a bunny before she did. So a pink bunny, made with Minky Cuddle Super Plush is in the works for her. It's slippery fabric, but it's so soft that I have been told very clearly that this bunny will NOT have a dress. Fine by me.
I've had such fun with this project that I've already bought Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love for future softie projects.