Today was the christening of one of my closest friend's little niece Harriet. I wanted to make her something to mark the occasion so naturally decided a rabbit was needed. I've never made a soft toy before so this was most definitely a first!
I had a look for some soft toy patterns for inspiration and though I didn't actually use it (it wasn't quite what I was after), I found this 'Jack Rabbit' tutorial by Carlee over at 'The Mary Frances Project' a really helpful starting point.
I wanted my Bunny to have a vintage/heirloom quality so I chose a cream floral print and a lovely soft blue micro dot cotton to contrast.
I started by cutting out my rabbit pieces (after a few trial runs on fiddly bits) then appliquéd the pads on the paws. I also machine embroidered Hattie's name and the date of her christening onto each ear.
Stitching the front to the back with all of the pieces in place was by far the trickiest part. Much more fiddly than anticipated! But after a little cursing under my breath turning her out was so satisfying. I was surprised at how much stuffing it took -I'm a bit of a hoarder so an old cushion I had tucked away came in handy.
I stitched up the turning hole then set to decorating her with some hand embroidery. It's not something I'm very used to doing but after falling in love with some of Christina De La Mare's work (seen in the Paper Scissors Stone post) I've decided it's definitely a skill I'd like to develop.
Finally I thought a little contrast skirt would be nice to match her ears and paws so I made a little gathered skirt, edged in vintage Ric Rac from my Mother (so vintage infact that it's actually marked 4d per yard!) and fastened with a single Kam snap.
'Henrietta' turned out to be a really satisfying little project. I'm really happy with the end result and hopefully little Hattie will love her too.