Make an Easy Felt Bunny

Make an Easy Felt Bunny

Would you like to whip up a super cute, easy, chocolate-free Easter treat? It’s so simple to stitch.

Download the template HERE and save it, so that you can print it whenever you like. 

You will need;

–       15 1/2″ (14cm) x 7″ (18cm) piece of wool felt in your favourite colour (you can visit my blog post to learn all about the benefits of working with wool felt)

–       a printed copy of the included ‘felt bunny’ template

–       cotton embroidery thread in your choice of coordinating or contrasting colour

–       an embroidery needle (I like milliner’s needles in size 10)

–       wadding or stuffing

–       sewing pins

–       scissors

–       12″ (30cm) of narrow ribbon or trim

Easy Felt Bunny Tutorial by Molly and Mama 1

Step 1 – Cutting out your bunny

Use your favourite method to cut out two bunny shapes from felt. I describe my favourite techniques in my blog post; How to Transfer Templates to Felt. You can use freezer paper to get a very accurate shape, or use the simple method described below.

Cut out your printed bunny template following the black outline. Fold your piece of felt over and pin the bunny pattern in place (through both layers of felt).

Easy Felt Bunny Tutorial by Molly and Mama 2

Cut carefully around the bunny template. Remove your template (and save for later) and pin your cut out bunny together.

Easy Felt Bunny Tutorial by Molly and Mama 3

Step 2 – Stitching Time

Thread your needle with two strands of embroidery floss and secure the ends with a knot. Stitch around the outside of your bunny using the following guidelines; Start at the back of his head (so that any untidy stitching can be covered with the neck bow added at the end).

Use a ‘blanket stitch’ to keep the felt neat. However, if you are new to hand stitching, an ‘overcast’ or ‘whip’ stitch’ will work just as well. If you have a young one trying their hand at stitching, start with a ‘running stitch’.

TIP – If you need help here, please see my post on Embroidery Stitch Basics

Depending on the length of your thread, you will probably need to re-thread your needle with more embroidery cotton, more than once. Make sure you hide the knot of the end of your floss inside the felt layers each time you start sewing with a new length of floss. 

Easy Felt Bunny Tutorial by Molly and Mama 4

Stop stitching about an inch (or 2.5cm) before you meet up with where you began. Don’t finish off your stitch though, and make sure you leave the thread where it is, so you can finish off the stitching after you add the stuffing.

Easy Felt Bunny Tutorial by Molly and Mama 5

 Step 3 – Stuffing the Bunny

Carefully and gently manoeuvre small pieces of stuffing inside the bunny. A chop stick or knitting needle is a great tool for this! Fill the ears and head first, then the feet and body.

Easy Felt Bunny Tutorial by Molly and Mama 6

Add little pieces at a time until the bunny is evenly stuffed. Pick up your needle and thread again and continue to stitch the bunny closed, making sure you secure the stitching with a couple of extra stitches at the end. You should now have a lovely little stuffed bunny, or two, or three (if you’re loving them as much as me!).

Easy Felt Bunny Tutorial by Molly and Mama 7

Step 4 – Finishing Off

To finish off your bunny, tie a pretty bow around his neck. Trim the ribbon ends to the right length, once the bow is complete. It’s also a good idea to heat seal the ribbon ends so they don’t fray. You can do this by carefully running the small flame from a cigarette lighter across the cut end. It will melt and seal the ends to stop them fraying. This is obviously a step for adults only!

Easy Felt Bunny Tutorial by Molly and Mama 9

If being used by small children, it’s best to secure the tied bow with some strong stitches to prevent the ribbon being removed during play. Now your little bunny is all ready for Easter!

Here’s a Tip!

Enlarge the pattern to create a range of bunnies in different sizes. Use different colours of felt, thread and bows in coordinating tones. Perfect for creating an Easter centrepiece! 

You can also personalise your bunnies by adding names, initials or other embroidery details. I show you how in this blog post

I made the fabric basket using this tutorial from A Spoonful of Sugar

If you liked stitching these bunnies, you might also like the other Easter patterns in my store. The Bitty Bunnies has always been a popular one. They’re teeny tiny bunnies that live in their own cute carrot sleeping bags!

And the Rosie Rabbit Ornaments look terrific on the Easter Tree. You can make them in any colour you choose!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and have learnt some tips and tricks along the way. You can also see my other free tutorials HERE.

Thanks for being here and happy stitching, Lauren x

This post was written by Lauren Wright and appeared first on Molly and Mama https://www.mollyandmama.com.au

41 Comments

  • by My Creative Days
    Posted 7 April 2014 11:44 pm 0Likes

    These are so sweet!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 8 April 2014 7:11 am 0Likes

      Thanks so much! They’re so easy to make too!

  • by Meriel A
    Posted 8 April 2014 2:53 am 0Likes

    Cute!! I love all your bunnies this month 🙂

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 8 April 2014 7:10 am 0Likes

      Thank you Meriel. Bunnies are a favourite around here too!

  • by Ajaire
    Posted 8 April 2014 4:42 am 0Likes

    I love these! I just printed out the pattern and will definitely stitch one up 🙂

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 8 April 2014 7:09 am 0Likes

      I’d love to see one when you do! Happy stitching!

  • by Tasha and Amy
    Posted 8 April 2014 7:13 am 0Likes

    Very cute – pinning it for later!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 8 April 2014 3:22 pm 0Likes

      I love adding ideas to my Pinterest boards too. A great way to organise all those great projects we want to try!

  • by swoodsonsays
    Posted 8 April 2014 2:53 pm 0Likes

    Adorable! This would be a great kids sewing project, too.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 8 April 2014 3:22 pm 0Likes

      It sure would. Such a great beginners project!

  • by Alyssa
    Posted 9 April 2014 8:22 am 0Likes

    I’m printing this out now to try with my daughter! Thank you for the lovely tutorial.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 9 April 2014 3:37 pm 0Likes

      You’re so welcome! Happy stitching!

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  • by Velcy
    Posted 18 November 2014 1:33 am 0Likes

    AMEI os trabalhos, cada um mais lindo do que o outro!!! Parabéns!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 18 November 2014 6:23 am 0Likes

      I’m glad you liked them. Thank you!

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  • by Adri
    Posted 31 July 2015 7:47 am 0Likes

    thanks for this 🙂 i used it to make a bunny for a gift and i shared this on my blog hope it’s ok 🙂

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 4 August 2015 10:36 am 0Likes

      It’s so cute Adri. Thanks for sharing!

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  • by Nita
    Posted 29 March 2018 1:41 am 0Likes

    I love these so much..
    Thank you..

    Nita

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 8 April 2018 4:14 pm 0Likes

      Thanks for your kind words!

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  • by Elizabeth
    Posted 6 April 2019 9:48 pm 0Likes

    Love the little bunny. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 14 April 2019 3:55 pm 0Likes

      Thank you Elizabeth. I am glad you like it!

      • by Abbie
        Posted 10 March 2020 12:59 am 0Likes

        Thank you for sharing! This are so adorable and I cannot wait to make with my kids:)

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  • by B Hardy
    Posted 29 March 2020 2:48 pm 0Likes

    I made a whole basket full of pastel felt bunnies. So much fun and easy.
    I purchased dark brown felt . And made a few chocolate bunnies also.
    They are my favorite so far.
    Great idea. Gave them as gifts. Everyone enjoyed homemade bunnies.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 30 March 2020 4:15 pm 0Likes

      They sound absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing x

  • by Barbara
    Posted 6 February 2021 9:28 pm 0Likes

    Hi Lauren,

    more as only cute, add it on my Easter deco pinterest side. Could you say me, how I can make the basket with fabric?

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 15 February 2021 1:13 pm 0Likes

      Hi Barbara, there’s a link to the basket tutorial in the post.

  • by Ruth
    Posted 2 April 2021 3:02 am 0Likes

    Great pattern they worked up so cute. It was a last minute add on when I seen your post on Instagram. Thank you for sharing.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 4 April 2021 6:50 pm 0Likes

      Lovely news Ruth. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • by Kenzie Plute
    Posted 8 April 2022 4:23 am 0Likes

    Thank you! These are so easy to make! We had to do a mini project for FACS and I thought, “Why not make a bunny for my little cousin.” For the project, we had to have 2 different stitches on our projects, so I added little whiskers on the sides! It looks ADORABLE!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 10 April 2022 11:43 am 0Likes

      That sounds adorable Kenzie. I’m so happy you’ve had fun sewing your bunny.

  • by Tess
    Posted 10 April 2022 1:57 am 0Likes

    I made this bunny and it is so cute! It is also super simple and perfect for little Easter presents! I love all your little free patterns that correspond with the time of year!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 10 April 2022 11:25 am 0Likes

      Thank you so much Tess. I am so glad they have been helpful to you!

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