Our sweet mummy rabbit with her baby bunny are perfect for both Mother's Day and Easter gifts. They're made from a soft wool felt with stylish satin touches and decorated with super-cute ditsy and polka dot fabrics with broderie anglaise lace trim detail. The mummy bunny has jointed legs so she can sit or stand almost anywhere and the baby bunny nestles safely in her arms.
• Beige felt measuring 30 x 47cm (11 3/4 x 18 1/2 in)
• Oddment of baby pink felt
• Ditsy fabric measuring 15 x 20cm (6 x 7in)
• Baby blue polka dot fabric measuring 44 x 14cm (17 1/4 x 5 1/2 in)
• Plain white fabric measuring 10 x 7cm (4 x 2 3/4 in)
• Baby pink polyester satin fabric measuring 22 x 12cm (8 3/4 x 4 3/4 in)
• Embroidery thread in black and beige
• Sewing thread in baby pink, white, beige and baby blue
• Polyester toy filling
• 2 x 14mm round two-hole buttons
• 1 x 8mm round two-hole button in baby pink
• 1 x 15mm white pom-pom
• 1 x 25mm white pom-pom
• 50cm (5 1/2 in) length of 10mm wide white satin ribbon
• 8 cm (3 1/4 in) length of 25mm wide gathered white broderie anglaise lace trim
• 14cm (5 1/2 in) length of 20mm wide white broderie anglaise lace trim
• 13cm (5 in) doll needle
Sizes: Mummy - 20 x 23cm (8 x 9 in) Baby - 7 x 11 cm (2 3/4 x 4 1/4 in)
Use the templates to cut out the bunny pieces in the colours indicated. On the Back Dress template, cut down the middle line. The templates include a 0.5cm (1/4 in) seam allowance. Sew the Mummy Bunny Nose onto one Mummy Bunny Head, as shown. Use all the strands of black embroidery thread to sew a backstitch smile and curves for eyes.
Using an overstitch, sew the Baby Bunny Nose onto one Baby Bunny Head so it is positioned in the middle, about 1.7cm (3/4 in) from the bottom of the head. From the bottom of the nose, sew a backstitch smile using all the strands of the black embroidery thread. Then above the nose, sew a backstitch curve each side for the eyes, as shown.
Sew the pink satin ears to the felt ears using an overstitch. Make sure the pink ears are positioned in the centre of the felt ears with the bottom edges meeting, and tuck the edges of the satin ear shapes under as you sew them in place to prevent them fraying.
Sew the remaining two felt ears to the back of the ears with the pink satin on them, using an overstitch on the front.
For both bunnies, pin the ends of the ears between the front and back head shapes at the top. The baby's should be 0.5cm (1/4 in) apart and the mummy's 3cm (1 1/4 in) apart. Using an overstitch, sew the head shapes together and stuff with toy filling before sewing them closed.
Fold over the ends of the mummy bunny's ears to the front so they are pointing down diagonally, then secure them in place with a couple of tiny stitches at the back.
Machine stitch the Baby Bunny Body shapes together with right sides facing and leaving the top open. Cut a notch in each corner to prevent the fabric bunching up. Turn the body inside out and stuff it with toy filling. Tuck in the edges at the top and sew up the gap with an overstitch.
Fold the 14cm (5 1/2 in) lace trim in half with right-sides facing and sew the ends together. Turn through and sew a running stitch along the edge. Pull the threads so the lace trim gathers up to form a rosette. Sew the rosette on top of the baby bunny's body to make a frilly collar. Sew the baby bunny's head to the body. Sew the smaller pom-pom to the back of the baby bunny as a tail.
Sew the mummy bunny body shapes together using an overstitch and leaving the top open. Stuff the body with toy filling before sewing it closed.
Sew the bottom of the mummy bunny's head onto the top of the body, with the stitched side of the body facing the front. Position the head slightly to the front of the body instead of directly on top and sew a lot of stitches to prevent it flopping. Sew the large pom-pom in place to make a tail.
Sew each pair of arm shapes together using an overstitch and stuff with toy filling before sewing them closed. Sew the end of each arm to each side of the body at the top. When sewing them in place, position the left arm so it points straight forward and the right arm so it points down slightly.
Sew each pair of leg shapes together using an overstitch, leaving the straight end open. Stuff the legs with toy filling.
Sew each foot pad onto the end of each leg to cover the gap. Use an overstitch and tuck in the edges of the foot pad as you go. Finish stuffing the leg with toy filling before sewing it securely closed.
Draw a dot either side of the mummy bunny's body 3cm (1 1/4 in) from the bottom edge and in the middle. On each side of each leg, draw a dot so it is 1.5cm (1/2 in) from the top edge and in the middle.
Using beige embroidery thread, insert the doll needle through the dot on one side of the body and push through to the opposite dot leaving a long length of thread at the start. Now push the needle through the dot on one leg on the same side and thread a button on the end.
Push through to opposite dot, then back through the second hole in the button. Go back through leg and body and repeat to attach other leg. Take the needle back through button, leg and body, then leg and button on other side, following the same path as before.
Repeat one last time, and as you go back through the second leg for the second time, instead of inserting the needle into the body, pull it out between the leg and body where the long length of thread that you left before should be.
Pull the threads tight to make the buttons dimple. Tie the loose threads together to secure.
Place the bow shapes together, right sides facing, and sew all four sides together. Pull the two pieces apart in the middle and cut a vertical slit in one piece. Turn through. Fold under the edges of the knot shape lengthways.
Pinch the middle of the bow, then wrap the knot shape tightly around it, sewing the ends together at the back of the bow. Cut away the excess fabric from the knot, then sew the bow onto the mummy bunny's head.
On the front dress shape, turn under the ends of the sleeves and the bottom edge of the dress by 0.5cm (1/4 in) and machine stitch in place. Turn the top curved edge under by 1cm (1/2 in) and machine stitch in place. On the back dress shape, turn the ends of the sleeves, the bottom edge of the dress, the top curves and the edges of the middle cut under by 0.5cm (1/2 in) and sew them in place.
Machine stitch the dress shapes together with right sides facing; only sew the top edges of the sleeves, the bottom edges of the sleeves and the left and right sides of the dress. Cut a notch in each corner to prevent the fabric bunching. Turn the dress through and pull onto the mummy so her tail is poking out. Cross over the top corners at the back and sew the pink button in place to secure.
Turn the top and bottom edges of the pinny shape under by 0.5cm (1/2 in) and machine stitch them in place. Turn the left and right edges under by 0.5cm (1/2 in) and machine stitch them in place.
Turn ends of the lace trim under by 0.5cm (1/2 in) and machine stitch in place. Sew the top of the trim to the bottom of the pinny. Pin the ribbon to top of the pinny and machine stitch in place with a line of stitching along the top edge and the bottom edge of the ribbon. Tie the pinny around the mummy's tummy. Sew the baby to the mummy by placing it in her arms and stitching the hands to the baby's body.