And now for something fun that I've been working on...
Whether you love or detest marshmallow peeps (I'm a 'love', if you didn't guess!), you'll adore this project. Simple to make, contains no calories and perfect for a lucky child's Easter basket... or just to brighten up your home!
Marshmallow Bunny Plushies!
To make these little bundles of fun, click the button below to print the pattern and then continue underneath for a detailed photo tutorial. [I have attached the pattern as a Google Doc file; if this causes anyone problems, please let me know and I will attempt to attach it as a plain old pdf. Thanks!]
You will need:
* less than 1/4 yard of fleece or felt (I used fleece because it is softer and fluffier, but felt would work fine as well)
* matching thread
* polyester stuffing
* dark brown embroidery floss for eyes and nose
Fold fabric in half and cut fabric as instructed on pattern. You will end up with 2 body pieces and one strip that is 23 inches long (be sure to place the pattern on the fold of the fabric).
Hand embroider eyes and nose onto front side (the thicker, "fluffier" side of fleece is the front) of one of the body pieces. I did a satin stitch in a small circle for both the eyes and the nose. Don't know how to embroider? It's easy: How to make a satin stitch
Next, fold the long strip in half (right sides together) and sew the open side shut with a 1/4" seam, forming a loop.
Pin the loop all the way around the perimeter of the front body piece (right sides together) and sew together with a 1/4" seam. This is a little tricky, especially around the ears, but if you take your time (and use lots of pins, lol!) it's not so bad.
This is what your bunny should look like so far.
Now, pin the back body piece facing down to other side of the loop (right sides together). It should look like a bunny-shaped ice cream sandwich. Sew around the perimeter, with a 1/4" seam leaving about 3 inches open at the bottom for turning.
Flip the bunny right side out, stuff with polyester filling and hand sew the opening closed. Your bunny is done!
See! I told you it was so simple!
I even added a little extra sweetness to my bunnies' backsides:
(I did this before sewing the pieces together. I'm still working on my embroidery techniques, as I'm sure you can see, but I thought it was sweet anyway!)
Now go make your own!
I'd love to see how everyone else's bunnies turn out! If you decide to make one (or many!), please add your photos to the Dandelions & Lace Flicker Group! If you don't use Flickr and you decide to blog or post photos of your bunnies elsewhere, please leave me a comment with a link! Can't wait to see them!
UPDATE: I've heard from a couple of people who had questions about printing the pattern. You should be able to open the pattern by clicking the "CLICK HERE FOR PATTERN" button above. Once the pattern is open, click FILE and go down to PRINT. Send me a note if you have troubles!