Embroidered Bunny

I had such a blast trying hand embroidery for the first time with the Kiriki Press DIY Embroidered Doll Kit that I decided to make another doll. Inspired by Michelle Jewell's adorable soft toys, I would try making a rabbit sporting a cool J.Crew kind of look.

If you never tried hand embroidery before, I would definitely recommend it. It can be oh-so-calming coupled with your favorite podcast playing in the background. I adore This American Life and Snap Judgment, but I digress. Now on to the bunny!

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Things you will need: 

  • cotton fabric
  • bunny sketch template
  • No. 10 and No. 9 needles
  • pen
  • paint brush
  • stuffing
  • 6" embroidery hoop
  • scissors
  • push pins
  • white fabric paint
  • DMC or Sullivans (more cost-effective) embroidery floss
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After securing your fabric tightly into the embroidery hoop, lightly draw out your sketch. Don't worry too much about the markings as they will be covered up with your stitches.

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Paint every other stripe with white fabric paint.

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For the remaining stripes, fill in with blue thread using the split stitch. I used the same type of stitch for the ears. For a polished look, satin stitch the heart and facial features.

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Outline the body of the rabbit with a simple chain stitch to add a decorative touch to the doll's edge.

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Once the embroidery is complete, place the backing piece to the finished embroidery and sew around the outline of the rabbit. Make sure to leave a 1.25" gap at the bottom so you can reverse it inside-out.

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Trim along the edges, leaving a 0.25" margin. Do not get overly excited like how I did and accidentally cut too close to the edge!

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Gently reverse the fabric inside out as you watch your bunny reveal itself. If you are having a hard time reversing the ears, use the eraser side of a pencil to carefully push them out.

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Please feed me!

Add stuffing, being mindful not to overstuff.

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Once your rabbis is adequately full, close up the bottom with a ladder stitch. Finito!

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Why hello there, silly rabbit!

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