Since I am having the bunny sale this week, I was trying to think of a way to make more versions of the pattern. In the past I made the bunny smaller by printing it at 65%. You can read about those here. Very cute! I have gotten lots of emails by sewers saying they are excited to use the pattern to make bunnies for the easter basket. I thought, why not make Bunny the easter basket?!
This was surprisingly easy and fun. I thought it would be perfect for the baby this easter too since she is obviously not going to be eating chocolate or jelly beans! I am thinking the easter bunny can fill the pocket with baby toys and onsies.
To make the pocket in the bunny, you have to just make a couple adjustments. First, give yourself some extra width so the pillow will stand on its own. Add about an inch to the base and backside when you are cutting out your pattern. Like in this fuzzy camera picture below!
Follow the pattern instructions with interfacing, sewing the darts, making the ears, and all that other stuff. Next cut out a rounded piece of fabric for the pocket. I didn't take measurements here but from the picture below you can get the general idea of size...
Before you sew the 2 bunny sides together, attach the pocket pieces to each side of the bunny like in the photo above. Then, flip up the pocket piece and layer the 2 bunny sides together and sew all the way around the bunny edges and, instead of going straight down the bunny back, sew your seam around the pocket edges. Trim your seams and clip the corners around the pocket.
Turn it right sides out and push the pocket inside. See? works! I then used a funnel and added about an inch layer of rice to the base before I stuffed the bunny with polyfil. This gave it a nice weighted bottom so it stands up easily.
Stuffing the polyfil was a little extra work since you need to keep your hand in the pocket but it doesn't have to be perfect since the bow hides folds in the neck area and when you stuff your items in the pocket it fixes problems there too!
I stuffed it with the super simple bibs I made a couple weeks ago. I went to a baby shower over the weekend and I thought this would have been a perfect gift! The kids are loving trying to figure out what they can stuff into the pocket. It would be fun to make one for a big kid that has velcro and is like a secret pocket, huh??