While B has been all over her new sewing machine lately (evidence here, here, here…), I have been working on other crafty-ness. I admit, I wasn’t really that interested in the sewing machine. I like pinning her fabrics sometimes, but I have not been behind a sewing machine since middle school home economics. Even then, we made ridiculously terrible stuff out of even-worse fabrics. One time we made a fabric “necklace”…It was really a tube of fabric that we filled with marbles. The terrible thing must have weighed a ton. Or at least enough to cause neck spasms for the person wearing it. Worse then the weight, though, might have been the fact that every fabric to pick from was not only pink and floral…but shiny metallic as well.
So, yeah, I like hand stitching. In fabrics without sheen.
But then one day I was perusing The Martha Encyclopedia of Fabric Arts. There were so many cute stuffed animal patterns! One was so darling… a little bunny!
(you can download the pattern from Martha here…)
Being a sucker for bunnies, and having August be the month-o-babies around here… I sprung into action. B and I dug through some fabrics we had in the craft room.
And then we sat and made some bunnies!
We traced and cut all the pieces. B has this very fun invisible ink pen, which I enjoyed.
Then we began sewing. B showed me all kinds of cool buttons on her machine. For the parts I sewed, I even got to unplug the pedal and use this on/off stitch button to do the sewing. B, for the record, prefers the pedal.
The hardest part of sewing this project was attaching the ears. You had to fold them into the head and then stitch the ears and the head together at the same time. The ears were pretty large …and we had used thick fleece-y fabric for one side of them, making it a lot of fabric to have in the right place.
We used the machine to sew everything but the face of the bunny and attach the arms. We stuffed the bunnies and sewed on the arms by hand. Actually. B did that part. I tried to do it, but it was taking me forever and it was hard to really get the stitches to be invisible on the outside. B to the rescue!
The cute little eyes and nose are hand-embroidered as the last step.
We gave them to a few babies recently… but really I want one. : )
oH, and then you watch the babies play with them when you go over to take pictures of them.