Ohhh these bunnies are TOO cute not to be excited about. And because you don’t have to be able to knit to make them they’re so easy just about anyone can make them. Make one, make a dozen, make them with a group of kids or adults, doesn’t matter just make some Easy Wooly Felted Bunnies and hop on into spring.
I recently hosted, not taught mind you, a beginners knitting class. As host it was my job to gather supplies, make coffee and get lunch ready, believe me the teacher had the harder job. I mentored which meant I also sat with new knitters and helped them figure out where they were going wrong, that was hard enough for me! Our first time knitters were learning the art of casting on, knitting and casting off and were also making little simple knitted bunny. Our teacher Mary found the bunny pattern on Jo So and Sew and it really is simple enough for new knitters to make in under three hours, even with breaks for coffee and Butter Chicken.
Many other people who didn’t attend the class asked about the bunnies and how hard they would be to make if you didn’t knit and that got me to thinking, could someone make these bunnies out of old felted sweaters? Turns out you can and they are just as sweet as their knitted brethren. And SO MUCH EASIER. Start to finish in under an hour. Great for kids OR adults, I can see these being a great group project with every bunny coming out different and yet just as sweet.
I made up some printable instructions if you want to print them off for a group project or class, please feel free to do so. If you write about them please do link back to me so I can see how you made them or changed them, thanks!
Easy Wooly Felted Bunny
You will need: a felted sweater (a thinner one works nicely here about 1/4 inch or less, save that big chunky one for mittens), embroidery floss, embroidery needle, wool roving for stuffing
- Cut a square of the felted sweater, roughly 3-4 inches in size, this makes a nice starter bunny
- Fold it in half and make sure it’s pretty square, not aiming for perfect just very close
- Sew a running stitch(I used a contrasting color to help the stitches show up-use a matching color to make the stitches invisible) a little over halfway up from the bottom
Then sew a 2nd running stitch in a triangle shape in the top of the square as shown in the picture
- Fold in half lengthwise, sew from the first running stitch, down the back, then without tying off or making a knot sew a running stitch down and around the bottom as shown in the pictures, pull it tight and tightly sew several stitches to hold that seam shut
- In the neck opening poke in a little roving, as much as you like to make a plump bunny
- Pull that first running stitch to cinch up the neck, add more roving if needed, then tie off the neck
- Pull the second running stitch to form the head, add a little roving to the head, adjust as needed and tie off
- Trim the threads and add a tail and you’re done
- wool roving is easy to manipulate so if you want your bunny to sit up just smoosh the bunny down and encourage it into place