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How I Made A Cute Furry Bunny Shaped Easter Basket For My Daughter

January 14, 2014

As a parent I have the most amazing opportunity to pass on traditions that are special to me as well as the opportunity to begin new traditions.

When I was young, Easter was something that I really looked forward to because it was a time when I got to see a lot of family for breakfast and dinner and finding my Easter basket first thing in the morning was an experience that I always anticipated eagerly. It was nearly as exciting as Christmas.

I made this basket last year for my daughter’s first Easter and I’m looking forward to using it again this year.

Easter baskets aren’t really a done thing in the UK so I had plenty of room to be inventive. I saw one that I liked on Amazon.com which was shaped like a fluffy bunny and decided to make my own using it as inspiration.

Below I have loosely outlined the process that I used from conception to completion. Someday if I really want to drive myself crazy, I’ll make a full, proper tutorial however, anyone with a bit of crafting savvy could easily duplicate my method based on this page. 

Materials: 

short faux fur
small round basket
matching thread
pink embroidery floss
embroidery floss matching fur
needles
paper
straight pins
pencil
scissors
glue gun
craft eyes
ribbon

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I found my basket on eBay. It seems quite small until you apply all of the bunny parts to it and then it appears to double in size. The round shape was important because this is the bunny’s belly and I wanted it to look as belly shaped as possible.

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I decided on beige fur because white is too immaculate and brown might obscure the facial features. I also ended up with a ton of it because I got a bargain on eBay.

When I undertook this project I hadn’t sewn anything furry since I was in middle school and that was just the one time when I made a stuffed thing that was spherical with eyes, so this whole project was taking me far out of familiar crafting territory.

After a brief search I decided that I couldn’t find a pattern on the internet even vaguely resembling what I had in my brain so I just had to do a bit of guess work and I sketched out the pieces on some notebook paper.

I then did one dry run with some scrap fabric to make sure that the pieces would come together correctly, and off the back of that some minor modifications were made. It took me about two hours to sketch out and sew together the trial head.

So what you see in the photo above is a big piece for the forehead that wraps around the chin. two cheeks and two ears. The other side of the ears came from a pink cushion cover that I picked up.

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Fur direction is important. Be sure to check that the fur is running in the correct direction on the back of the pattern pieces before you do any cutting! Then be very careful when the cutting fur, keeping the scissors as close to the fabric as possible to snip through the fluff rather than chopping the fluff along with the edge. notice how there is plenty of fur hanging off of the bottom edge of my paws piece there?

What you see in the picture above are the pieces for a single paw with a rounded end for the tip and a flat end for where it would be sewn to the body. The fur was stretchy so they plumped out nicely once stuffed.

I actually cut out 12 of these pieces for a total of 6 paw shapes because two fully assembled paws were used for the front paws and two fully assembled paws were sewn together at the flat end to make each of the feet and legs.

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You can see the sewn head and front paws in this photo.

The head looks a bit square because I hadn’t sewn in the dimples to shape it yet and the back of the head was still open for this purpose. I also hadn’t, at this point figured out yet how I was going to attach any of the bunny parts to the basket.

I made a nose and mouth with pink embroidery floss and in my infinite wisdom I didn’t mark where the ears went so they’re a bit crooked. I’d like to think that it adds character to the bunny :)

The eyeballs just popped in… if you’ve never used these types of eyeballs before the back pops on one way and permanently with a bit of force.

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The tail was made by putting a lump of stuffing in the middle of a square of fur. I then brought the corners together with thread and gathered the remaining puckers sewing them into a tight little poof ball.

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Pick the fur out of the seams of all the body parts  after bunny parts are sewn and stuffed with something pointy to restore maximum fluffiness.

All of my bunny parts were made at this point so I needed to start covering the basket. The handle needed to be covered in fur first because the flaps at either end would be secured and overlapped later on.

I chose to sew the fur on the handle rather than using hot glue because the hot glue could have very easily ruined the fur if I wasn’t extremely precise. It didn’t take long to sew. I Just picked the fur out of the seam afterwards with a needle to make it fluffy again and pointed the seam inward so that it doesn’t really show.

You can also see here that the bunny’s face is less square :)

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The final stages of bringing everything together were really tricky because I needed to secure the body parts onto the body with as little mess as possible and in such a way that would withstand the abuse of a small child. This is how I managed to pull it off.

The piece of fabric covering the basket wrapped around and was held in place sort of like a stretchy fur sock with a seam up the back. I left about an inch all around the top of the basket opening that would be overlapping to the inside after the lining went in.

Next I secured the tail by bringing a length of embroidery floss (matching the fur color) through the basket, out the body then through the back of the tail and back through the body through the basket leaving both ends of the floss loose on the inside of the basket so that I could knot the ends several ties. I then put a dab of hot glue on the knots to seal them.

This is the process that I used for all of the limbs and the head as well, leaving the long strings of embroidery floss on the inside of the basket because the lining would hide them later on.

The last step was to put the pink basket lining in which I did by stuffing it in there, trimming off the excess and securing with hot glue. I then overlapped the extra body fur over the edge and glued it down, hiding all evidence of how it all came together.

Lastly some purple bows went on as embellishments

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The whole project took me about 6 or 7 hours spread out over three nights.

A lot of that was down to experimentation. If I was starting another one I could probably shave 2-3 hours off that time.

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Yesterday I started working out how to make puppets with all of the extra fur. I learned a lot based on the first one and I’ll try again soon but that’s probably worthy of it’s own page :)

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