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This week I've been playing around with a little rabbit I used to make years ago during my country craft phase. He's five inches tall and quick and easy to make from fabric scraps in your stash. I updated it a bit and added some pants for him this time and I also did up a pattern and tutorial for downloading (in PDF format) below. The way I made him may be a bit unconventional as I prefer to do the face before stuffing and I don't like dealing with cutting out and joining little fabric pieces. I also added the option of felt arms instead of embroidered ones and a pattern for a kitty as well.
This is a good project for novice embroiderers: there isn't a lot to do, the stitches are simple, and if you make a mistake you can unpick the stitches and the felt won't show the marks. Materials ● Paper for templates ● Two 20 x 13 cm (8 x 5 in), two 5 x 4 cm (2 x 11/2 in) and two 7 x 11 cm (23/4 x 41/2 in) pieces of grey felt ● Selection of stranded embroidery threads ● Two 7 x 11 cm (23/4 in x 41/2 in) pieces of medium-weight iron-on interfacing
When you read this tutorial, my instructions might seem terribly obvious. But if you look at the stitching on my first stuffie, you'd see it wasn't obvious to me. :) Now that I've worked out a system, I'm able to jump right into my felt projects without having to labor over, and struggle with, the stitching. For other options to hand sew felt see my blanket stitch tutorial and my post about choosing between whip stitch and blanket stitch .