Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Long-Legged Rabbit - Free Pattern & Tutorial

After I made my long-legged Santa, I started thinking that this same pattern could be tweaked a little to make a long-legged rabbit.  It turned out pretty cute!  If you think so too, here's what you'll need: go to this post to download the free pattern for the long-legged Santa.  Now, download and print this free pattern for your long-legged rabbit's ears HERE.  Make sure you print these patterns full size - do not print "to fit."  

Easter is about a month away-- just the right amount of time to make one or more of these long-legged rabbits. In reality, this project should take a few hours using the instructions below:
  • Cut out the pattern pieces omitting the gloves from this project. I used white fleece for the body and a thin pink cotton for the ear lining.
  • Embroider the rabbit's face onto one body pattern.
  • Sew the long ears together with a 1/4" seam.   
  • Turn the ears right side out and iron them.  
  • Top stitch at 1/4" around the edge of the ears.  
  • Pinch the ears together and make a 1/2" tuck in them.  
  • Baste the ears in place along the top of the head.  
  • Stitch around your rabbit making sure you tuck those ears in so they are not caught in the seams.  
  • Stuff the body except the head.  
  • Pin the large cotton ball so the cotton ball is at the bottom of his bum & between his legs. 
  • Once you like where the cotton ball is located, hand sew that tail in place.
     
  • Make his coat.  (I made two hoods and used one to line the other since my coat was made out of a cotton fabric.  If you use fleece, you do not need to do this step.) 
  • Once the coat is sewn, try it on your rabbit.  
  • On the back of the jacket, mark the tail buttonhole about 2 1/2" up from center of the bottom hem.  This button hole needs to be 2" long.
  • About 3/4" from the edge of the hood and 1/2" from the center, mark both sides for the buttonholes for the ears to go through.  These buttonholes need to be 1 1/4" long.
  • Take the jacket off your rabbit and sew all three of these buttonholes.  I hand stitched mine with two strands of embroidery floss.
  • Now add the jacket back onto your rabbit and stuff it's head.
  • Sew the side opening on your rabbit closed.


Lastly, give this rabbit to a child and see how much fun they have with it.  
Apparently, this rabbit is fun to nibble on.
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