Lavander bunnies can be made in any stretchy fabric, but off-cuts from 100% wool jumpers and merino blankets make the softest friends. Fine wool jumpers are better washed on a really hot wash so no stuffing can peep out through the knited fabric. You can also use favourite too-small baby clothes or blankets as a precious keepsake of younger days.
With simple embroidered faces, and lavender and fine millet-seed stuffing, they are ideal sleeping partners. The calming lavender aroma gets atronger as they are hugged and warmed up.
Materials you will need
paper template for bunny
cashmere, merino blanket or reclaimed woolen jumper material
dried lavander and millet or polyester stuffing for younger bunny lovers
small funnel or paper cone
paper to make bunny pattern
pompom for tail
embroidery thread or wool to make a face and darning needle
hand-sewing needle and thread
How to make it?
1 Make the template using the paper template. You can make a template yourself, just bear in mind to make it big enough as well as relatively simple.
2 Pin the template to the wrong side of the chosen fabric. Draw around the outside of the template using tailor’s chalk; this will be the sewing line.
3 Remove the template and cut around the outside of the bunny at least 1.5 cm outside the chalk line. Use the front as a template to cut a piece from the fabric for the back. With right sides facing, pin the two pieces together. Set the sewing machine to a small straight stitch and, starting at the right shoulder, sew all the way around the chalk line until you reach the base of the tight ear.
4 Trim the seam allowance around the bunny, and cut right to the seam under the arms and between the legs. Carefully turn the bunny right side out (use a wooden spoon handle or the top of a pencil to help push the ears all the way out). Use a little funnel or a paper cone to feed a mixture of lavender and millet seeds (or polyester stuffing) into the bunny. Push it right down into the legs and into the ears with a pencil and pack as much filling in as possible.
5 Hand-sew the opening closed and fasten off the thread securely. Sew on a pompom for the bunny’s tail.
6 Hand-sew across the arms, from shoulder to armpit, where they join the body using running stitch, sewing right through the bunny to give shape to the top of the bunnies arms. Sew the paws together if you like. Using embroidery thread or wool and a darning needle, sew on the eyes, nose and mouth using small freehand stitches.