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Sweet, Soft, Stuffable Bunnies
“Be veeeerrrrrryyyyy quiet… we’re making wabbits.” Our apologies to Mr. Elmer Fudd, and you are actually welcome to be just as noisy as you’d like when creating these Sweet, Soft, Stuffable Bunnies. Our cute stuffable critters are always some of the most popular patterns here at Sew4Home. We’re happy to introduce Lolly, Chester, and Flora – our trio of bunny pals – into the family. The same pattern was used to create all three, but each one has his/her own personality based on the type of Shannon Cuddle fleece used, the coordinating cotton for the ears and paws, and the bunny’s custom accessories. We’re particularly enamored of Chester’s bowtie.
Our bunnies were designed to have a vintage look and feel. As an accent to their gorgeous Cuddle fur, we added quilting cotton as a lining for the ears as well as the bottom of their feet. You want a petite motif in a muted color for the best look. Vintage bunnies are subtle creatures – a bit shy and retiring, never bold or brash.
We chose three very different finishes to show you a range of possibilities. Lolly, our teal bunny, features a solid Cuddle. Lolly’s Teal Cuddle is a true blend of blue and green, rich and a little fancy. Lolly likes to be fancy, as you can tell by her stylish bow.
Flora shows off one of the many Cuddle Prints. Her Parisian motif is almost tone-on-tone, making it a lovely choice as an allover fur. The gathered lace collar around her neck is a little something Flora picked up from French street fashion.
Modeling the Luxe Cuddle collection is the dapper Chester. Not only is he quite handsome, his job is to let you see the difference between the finer nap of classic Cuddle and the deep nap of the Luxe.
The instructions and free pattern download focus just on the bunnies themselves. The accessories are up to your imagination to fit the personalities of your bunnies as well as possibly the bunny’s owner-to-be. Add a simple ribbon around the neck or include an entire bunny wardrobe.
If you’re new to working with luxury fleece, you’ll be pleasantly surprised it’s easier to handle than you might think. In fact, it’s particularly forgiving thanks to the deep pile that conceals any less-than-perfect stitching. The main thing to keep in mind is to always make sure your nap is running in the same direction as you cut out and sew together the pattern pieces. For more information, check out our full tutorial on Sewing with Plush Fabric.
The signature bunny tails are fluffy yarn pom poms. We made ours with a Clover Pom Maker, but you could also buy a pre-made pom or make your own. You’ll see below that we suggest a chunky weight yarn for the very best bun bun bottom.
Black button eyes and a blush pink yarn nose complete each bunny’s face. We show you below how the button eyes are securely hand sewn through the head, running the thread back and forth several times for a tight finish, but we do always like to remind you that buttons may not be the best choice for very young children. Consider using black yarn or appliquéing small black circles of felt as alternatives.
As a filler, we recommend a combination of Poly-Fil® polyester fiber fill and weighted filler beads. This light/heavy combination is a great blend that keeps the bunnies squeezably soft but also gives them enough stability to sit quietly and wait for their owners to pick them up.
Our bunnies finish at approximately 12” high when sitting, which is how they prefer to spend the day.
Sewing Tools You Need
- Sewing Machine and standard presser foot
- Walking or Even Feed foot; optional, but helpful for the thicker layers; you could also engage your machine’s built-in fabric feeding system, such as the Janome AcuFeed™ Flex system we love to use on our studio machines
Fabric and Other Supplies
NOTE: Supplies shown below are for ONE Bunny, however, you know bunnies… they prefer to have lots of friends. Any accessories; such as aprons, neck ribbons, bow ties, ruffled collars, etc. are your choice and would be in addition to the list below.
- ⅝ yard of 58/60” wide Cuddle fleece or similar; we originally used Cuddle Solid in Teal; Cuddle Premier J’Adore Paris in Sand, and Luxe Cuddle Fawn in Cappuccino all from Shannon Fabrics
- ⅜ yard of 44”+ wide quilting weight cotton in a coordinating petite print; we originally used three fabrics from Robert Kaufman: Flower Toss in Aloe from the Naptime collection by Diane Zimmerman (Teal Bunny – Lolly), Flowers in Buff from the Terrarium collection by Elizabeth Hartman (Paris Bunny-Flora), Gerbera Toss in Garden from the Cozy Cotton Flannel collection (Luxe Bunny-Chester)
- ⅜ yard of 20”+ wide lightweight fusible interfacing; we used Pellon Shape Flex
- ONE 12 oz bag of polyester fiber filler; we used Poly-Fil® 100% Premium Polyester FiberFill
- TWO cups of weighted stuffing material; we used Poly-Fil® Poly-Pellets
- Sport weight yarn for the nose; we suggest a blush pink
- Chunky weight yarn for the tail in a neutral color to coordinate with your fleece; we used ivory
- Pom Pom Maker to yield an approximate 2½” pom (optional; you could make your own poms or purchase a ready-made pom); we used a Large Clover Pom Pom Maker
- TWO ½” black 4-hole buttons
- All purpose thread to match fleece and cotton
- See-through ruler
- Fabric pen or pencil
- Iron and ironing board
- Pressing cloth
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Seam gauge
- Seam ripper
- Straight pins
- Yarn needle
Getting Started and Pattern Download
- Download Pattern: and print out our NINE pattern sheets that make up the required TWELVE pattern parts. These NINE sheets have been bundled into ONE PDF to make the download easier.
- You will assemble these TWELVE parts into the FOUR finished pattern pieces as shown below: Bunny Front, Bunny Back, Bunny Foot, and Bunny Ear.
IMPORTANT: Each page within the PDF is ONE 8½” x 11″ sheet. You must print the PDF file at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the page. There is a guide rule on each page so you can confirm your final printout is to scale.
- Cut out each pattern piece along the solid line.
- Butt together and tape (do not overlap) each set of pieces to create the four full patterns as shown below.
- Fold the Cuddle in half (wrong sides together). Place the completed Bunny Front, Bunny Back, and Bunny Ear patterns on the folded Cuddle. Check the direction of the nap. The Back and Front pieces should have the nap running top to bottom, while the Ear should have the nap running toward the tip of the ear. Pin in place and cut out the pieces (two Fronts, two Backs, and two Ears).
- Leave the paper pattern in place for the Bunny Front and Bunny Back. You’ll use it for marking purposes within the construction process.
- Fold the cotton in half (wrong sides together). Place the completed Bunny Ear and Bunny Foot patterns on the folded cotton. Pin in place and cut out the pieces (two Ears and two Feet).
- From the lightweight interfacing, use the pattern pieces to cut TWO ears and TWO feet.
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
Fusing ears and feet
- Find the cotton ears and matching interfacing. Place the interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric. All edges should be flush.
- Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse in place.
- Find the cotton feet and matching interfacing. Place the interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric. All edges should be flush. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse in place. Set the feet aside.
Create the ears
- Find the Cuddle ears and the fused cotton ear linings. Place the Cuddle and cotton right sides together. Pin along both sides and around the tip. Leave the base of the ear open.
- Using a ½” seam allowance, stitch along both sides and around the tip.
- Trim back the seam allowance to ¼” along both sides. Trim it back to ⅛” at the tip of the ear.
- Turn right side out through the open base of the ear. Use a long, blunt tool to smooth out the curves. A knitting needle, chopstick or point turner works well for this.
- Lightly press from the cotton side. Remember, Cuddle does not like the heat of an iron. For extra protection, even when pressing from the cotton side, you can use a pressing cloth.
- Using the fold line marking from the pattern, fold the base of each ear. Note that the fold is not exactly in half; it’s important to use the pattern guide line to get the proper curve to the ear.
Create the Bunny body
- Find the Bunny Front pieces, which should still have the paper pattern attached.
- Use a pin to mark the point of the dart, and snip into the pattern at the interior lines of the dart.
- Snip into the pattern at the markings for the ear placement.
- Remove the paper pattern from the body pieces. Separate the two pieces.
- Fold the darts, using the marking pin and snips to get the proper stitching line.
- Stitch from the edge toward the point of the dart on both pieces.
- Cut through the fold toward the tip of the dart and open the seam. This flattens the dart and reduces bulk.
- Place the Bunny Front pieces right sides together and pin along the center front seam only.
- Sew with a ½” seam allowance, pivoting at the neck. When the seam is complete, clip into the corner of the neck.
- Repeat the steps for the Bunny Back, using the same techniques for the darts and the center seam. The only difference is that you will leave a 3”- 4” opening in the center back seam.
- Turn the Bunny Front and Bunny Back right side out and finger press the seam allowances.
Add the ears and stitch front to back
- Find the sewn Bunny Front and place it right side up on your work surface. Remember, the Bunny Front is the one with the complete seam (ie. no opening in the center of the seam).
- Align the ears to the marked clips on the Bunny Front.
- Remember, the ear fold is slightly off center. The shorter side of the fold goes against the right side of the fabric, with the ear placed between the snips and the opening of the ear facing down. Pin in place. You could also machine baste in place for added security.
- Match the Bunny Back to the Bunny Front, sandwiching the ears between the layers. Pin the pieces together from the bottom of the leg, up and around the paw, over head, down and around the second paw, and ending at the bottom of the opposite leg. Pin across the bottom of the legs, taking care to align the center seams of both layers. Both feet are open across their base. Don’t be afraid to use plenty of pins to keep the Cuddle secure.
- Using a ½” seam, stitch front to back, pivoting at each corner. Clip the corners and trim back seam allowances at the curves.
Insert the feet
- Find the cotton Bunny Feet, which should have their interfacing fused in place.
- Around the open bottom of both of the foot openings, clip into the raw edge of the fabric every ½”, taking care to keep the depth of the clips within the ½” seam allowance.
- Fold the interfaced foot in half in one direction and then in half in the opposite direction, creasing lightly each time to mark the center point of each side of the foot. It’s a little like the four points of a clock face: 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00.
- Match two of the center creases on the foot insert to the seams of the open base of the foot. Pin at these center points first and then fill in around the entire foot insert. The clips in the open base allow you to ease the fabric around the foot insert as you pin it in place.
- Using a ½” seam, stitch around the foot insert. In the photo below, you can see how the clips in the Cuddle spread to allow for the proper seating.
- Repeat for the second foot.
- Remove all the pins, trim the foot seams to approximately ¼”, and turn the Bunny right side out.
NOTE: This is similar to how you set any flat circle into a tube. It’s just a very small circle (really an oval) with the base of the foot being the tube. Check out our full tutorial for more information: Learn How to Insert a Flat Circle Into a Tube.
Stuffing the Bunny
- Our Bunnies are stuffed with a combination of Poly-Fil polyester fiber fill and Poly Pellets weighted bead stuffing. This gives them a nice weight so they sit easily but are still huggable soft.
- Start with the feet. First place an approximate baseball-sized handful of the polyester fiber filling into the foot, compacting it to fluff out the seams. You are inserting through the opening in the center back seam.
- Add ¼ cup of weighted stuffing beads. Place a second handful of the fiber fill over the beads to keep them in place. Repeat for the second foot, adding fiber to each foot until both are firmly stuffed.
- Next, stuff the paws in the same manner, using about two tablespoons of weighted beads in each paw. Continue adding fiber fill until the paws are nicely filled out but not too firm.
- The head is stuffed after the paws, using only the polyester fiber fill. Stuff firmly, shaping and filling the nose and keeping the seams smooth. Continue stuffing the shoulders and arms, keeping the upper arms just lightly filled so they are flexible.
- Finally, fill the Bunny’s bottom. Start again with a large handful of fiber, working it into the legs and the bottom. Add one cup of weighted beads.
- Add additional fiber filler, which works to hold the beads at the bottom of the bunny. Keep adding fiber until the bottom of the bunny is firmly stuffed and smooth. The entire Bunny should take about 12 ounces of the polyester fiber fill.
- When the bunny is stuffed, hand sew the opening closed using a ladder stitch (also known as a slip stitch). Keep your stitches very small to insure no stuffing pokes out.
Completing the Bunny’s face
- Find the two black buttons. Hand stitch these button eyes in place, working from one side of the face toward the other side of the face, i.e. from one button through the Bunny’s head to the opposite button. Refer to the original pattern for best eye placement.
- Pull up on the thread slightly as you stitch to help shape the face. Work back and forth several times and then hand knot the thread under one of the eyes. Insert the needle through the back of the Bunny’s head, pull and clip the thread ends; they’ll recede back into the inside of the Bunny’s head.
- Thread a yarn needle with a single or doubled strand of the thin pink yarn (which you use will depend on the thickness of your yarn). Hand stitch, using long looped stitches, to form and fill in the shape of the Bunny’s nose. Refer to the original pattern for best nose placement.
- The Bunny’s tail is a yarn pom pom. We used a Clover Pom Pom Maker to form our approximate 2½” – 3” pom from a chunky acrylic yarn. You could, of course, make your own pom by hand or use a pre-made pom. If using this same type of yarn, bear in mind that it tends to be very “springy,” which can make it more of a challenge to tie when you pull it off the pom maker. We used a length of embroidery floss to securely tie the center of our poms.
- With the Bunny seated, position the pom at the base of the Bunny’s bottom and use the yarn needle to thread the pom’s tie ends through the bunny, taking a couple ½” stitches. Tie tightly and trim the ends, hiding them within the pom itself.
Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Michele Mishler
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Hi!!! thanks for this pattern, I love it!!
My dad passed away last year, and I took one of his old shirts and turned it into a bunny! So, in a way, I can still hug him from time to time!!!
Hi Ana – what a beautiful idea! I love it so much!!
I made the bunny and I love it. I like to share a picture of it…. can I do that?
Hi Ans – we’d love to see a pic. It’s not an option right here in the comments, but if you follow us on social media (check out quick links to all our social channels in the upper right black bar on any page), post a few pictures and tag us so we can all be inspired!
Hi Shelby – Take another look at those particular steps and the accompanying photos. You do cut the “notch” but also “Use a pin to mark the point of the dart, and snip into the pattern at the interior lines of the dart.” Those little snips are what help you align your fold. Yes, you fold right sides together from the pin point and aligning the two little snips as your base. Starting in line with those little snips, “stitch from the edge toward the point of the dart on both pieces.Cut through the fold toward the tip of the… Read more »
Thank you very much for this pattern. I am looking forward to making a few bunnies! I may have missed it, but can you tell me how to make the various sizes of the bunny? Do we enlarge the printed copy?
You’re welcome, Terrie. We only designed our pattern and made our samples in one size and so cannot guarantee sizing alterations. Some folks have commented that they adjusted the pattern slightly smaller with success, but we haven’t tried it ourselves. We haven’t heard of any instances of folks trying to make it larger. With any alternations, the main thing to keep in mind it to make sure all the pieces are changed at the same percentage. This includes your seam allowance! Whatever it is on the enlarged or reduced pattern needs to be measured and used as the new seam… Read more »
I made this today and my son is overjoyed with the results. Thank you for such a thorough and excellent pattern and tutorial!
Hi Kristin – this is the kind of comment we just love to hear. Thank you so much for sharing your success. We hope you’ll be back soon for another project 🙂
I made 4 bunnies for my brother’s family after his passing. it was the easiest pattern to follow…. 8 more to go. I do want to make a bear do you have a pattern for a teddy bear?
Hi Rosie – we are thrilled to hear about your project success. We don’t have a teddy bear pattern as those are likely to be the easiest to find from other sources. You can browse all our “toy” projects in our Babies + Kids category: https://sew4home.com/category/babies-kids/toys/
Hi! I work at a quilt shop and would like to make this bunny from our flannel and chenille. How do you feel about a sign with your information and possibly print out patterns for customers?
Hi Melissa – we are happy to have you display a bunny with a sign that identifies it as made from a S4H pattern. 🙂 However, printing patterns/instructions for your customers goes against our copyright.You can direct your customers to the site where they can get it themselves for free – this preserves the integrity of our designs and the traffic to our site. Below is a shortened link to this project, which is sometimes easier for display purposes. You can read more about our copyright and usage by clicking on the ABOUT tab above. Thanks!!
Hey I finished my bunny about a week or so ago. I love it and love this pattern, it’s so simple. I’ve been wondering if it’s possible to sell these rabbits? I’ve not seen anything saying I can but I’d just like to know anyway.
Hi Alexia – First, thank you from us and independent designers everywhere for asking first! You can read our full copyright statement in the About section of our web site: https://sew4home.com/about-us/#usage But I’ve copied the main part below that most likely relates to what you are hoping to do. “Manufacturing of products made from our original designs for mass production or commercial use is strictly prohibited. Exceptions may be made for handmade production in small quantities by at-home businesses. You can make small quantities (10 items or fewer per year) for sale if you make the items yourself. They cannot… Read more »
Okay that clears it, thanks a lot! I must’ve missed the copyright part before I commented so I’m sorry about that 😂. Thanks for your response though ❤️
You’re welcome. Have fun with our bevy o’ bunnies.
I finished my bunny today, and it was a terrific experience! The instructions were excellent. I can’t believe this pattern was free! Thank you!
Thanks, Dara! These little bunnies are SO popular. If you follow us on social media, we’d love to have you post a pic or two so we can all be inspired.
Found the bunny pattern on Pinterest. Just what I’m looking for. Wondering if a PDF of the instructions is available. It would be so much easier if I didn’t have to wade through all the ads to get to the content.
Hi Lynda – This is a super popular bunny!! We have a PDF options for all our articles. Look or the vertical SHARE bar that runs along the left edge of any article. You’ll see the red PDF button to click at the top. On some smaller devices, it may run horizontally across the top. You can change the size of both the photos and copy to determine the number of pages. Here’s a full tutorial that details all the options:
This pattern was too cute not to do! This was my first time sewing a stuffed toy, but my daughter loves it! I did kinda did a miss match patchwork bunny! Thank you!
Hi Lisa! Great news – and you are so welcome. If you follow us on any of our social media channels we’d love to have you post a pic or two so we can all be inspired.
Is there a video for this?
Hi Renee – No, we don’t do full length video tutorials, but we do provide lots of detailed steps and photos. You can do it 🙂
I just made several of these, but instead of fancy fleece, I bought some fluffy bath towels and used them for the fabric. I also made several sizes (full size and smaller so far, next I’m going to try larger!) I also made each bunny a Terry cloth carrot with the kids’ names embroidered on them. I’m pretty novice at sewing, I got my first sewing machine last year and this is the first real pattern I’ve used. It was sew easy and they came out super cute, can’t wait to see the kids’reactions!! And so excited to try new… Read more »
Hi Samantha – Wow! You’ve been busy. We were thrilled to hear that ours was the first “real pattern” you’d tried and you had such great success. All your bunnies can be pals!!
This is adorable! I can’t wait to make one for my niece!
Thanks, Kari — This is a super popular project – I know you’re niece is going to love it!
If i wanted dangling legs how would i do it from this pattern or can i ??
Hi carol – This design doesn’t really lend itself to dangling legs. It would require adjusting several elements in the pattern pieces. We do have another bunny project with dangling legs you could take a look at: https://sew4home.com/funny-bunny-sweet-soft-stuffable/
Out of curiosity, if I wanted to make them smaller. Could I shrink the pattern to say, 75% at printing? It should keep everything in ratio, shouldn’t it ? These are so darn cute. I’m very excited to make them for Easter.
Hi Brie – In theory, yes, this should work. Because all the cuts for this project are made with pattern pieces, it makes it a little more straight forward. Many of our projects contain both straight cuts as well as pattern pieces and that can be more complex as folks try to do the fraction-math to size squares, strips, and/or rectangles up and down. Because we haven’t tried it ourselves, we can’t guarantee the outcome. My concern for this project would be that reducing some of the pieces might make them rather small and hard to work with. Our seam… Read more »
I know this is a year old but I reduced the pattern by 50% to make a 6 inch bunny and had the seam allowance at 1/4. Worked wonderfully, you just need to hand sew the foot pads because they are SO small lol. I’d imagine even at 75% they would be pretty darn small. Otherwise, went great!
I’m thinking of using a beige linen for a baby gift bunny. It would not be played with, just on a shelf. Thoughts??
Hi Jean – I’m a little concerned at how much thinner a linen will be over the fleece. But, as you say, if it’s only meant as a decoration, it may be fine. You might need a bit more stuffing. Or, knowing how linen does love to shift and wrinkle, you might consider back the linen with a thin fusible fleece.
A friend is requesting bunnies made from a chenille bedspread. This is the cutest bunny, and I’m hoping chenille will work. Your thoughts?
It should work if the chenille is a more petite pattern. If it is a larger motif, you could run into issues with the raised part of the design getting oddly cut where it hits the seams. You might also need to do a bit more seam allowance grading to keep bulk of the chenille out of the seams. We did create another bunny who is a combo of chenille and cotton. You can find him here: https://sew4home.com/funny-bunny-sweet-soft-stuffable/
He’s an good example of a “more petite pattern” of chenille.
Thank you! I’ll check it out.
What paper setting do we print this on? I can’t get the 6 inch guides to measure 6 inches,they measure 4.5 inches
Hello Reilly – it prints on standard Letter size — 8.5″ x 11″ — as mentioned above, make sure you do not “shrink to fit” in any way – you need to print actual size or “default” – also – they do print landscape (horizontal) not portrait (vertical), which is also standard default.
Do you have a pattern for the little apron?
Hi Konni – Sorry, we don’t. It was just made “free hand” (square panel + tie) from some of the leftover accent fabric scraps.
I just wanted to tell you that I LOVE this bunny pattern!! I made 3 of them for my granddaughters for Easter and they fell in love with them!!
I would post a picture but it won’t let me… If you email me I’ll be happy to send you the pictures!
Hi Karen – What great news to hear. This bunny is SO popular; you are in very good company 🙂 . You’re correct, we do not allow for pics to be posted within the comments, but if you follow us in social media, we’d love to see some shots so we can all be inspired. The links to our social outlets are in the upper right corner, within the black navigation bar” on every page. Thanks again for letting us know about your success.
Could these bunnies be made of fleece, or would the fleece have too much “stretch”.
Hi Kimberly Ann – I don’t think the standard fleece substrates would be any stretchier, but the bunny might not look quite as plush. Take a look at Flora, her fabric is probably the closest to a standard fleece, in comparison to Chester on whom we used a very plush luxury fleece. If you do go with a standard fleece, you definitely want a no-pill surface.
how big is the bunny?
Hi Stacie – The bunnies are meant to sit and are about 12″ tall when sitting. If you pulled the legs straight down, it would be about 18″ give or take.
Thank you thank you … I’ve got fur now I can make a bunny to sit with my bear I’ve made … thank you sew much
Hi Jeannette – Sounds like you are good to go – and we’re happy to hear your bear will soon have some company 🙂
Another hit! You had me at those ears!!
Ha! Yep, I love those floppy ears too! Let us know if you give it a go.