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Scrap Bunnies, How to Make Adorable Stuffed Bunnies Out of Socks and Craft Scraps.
This craft was inspired by an adorable sock bunny my grandmother made me when I was a baby. It's been a treasured toy for years and now I'm making new ones for the wonderful kids in my life. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do. If you happen to like any of the scrap bunnies featured in this hub be sure to check out my Etsy Shop, MamaKimsCrafts.
You will need...
1 or two socks, if you want your bunny to have arms you will need either a really long sock such as knee high or scraps of a second sock.
Thread in the same color of sock
Any leftover craft supplies, such as buttons, beads, ribbon, yarn, fabric....
- Center the heal of the sock and make a cut from the center of the toe end to just before the heal starts.
- Turn the sock inside out and sew to top and bottom part of the sock together all along where you cut. This will be the bunny's ears and top of it's head. You could do this part with a sewing machine but I find hand sewing is very relaxing and easily done while watching TV.
- Turn the sock right side out and tie a string around the base of each ear. The front of the bunny is where the heel is. It creates a great ear effect if you have the ear fold into itself as you pull the string tight. Snip the excess thread.
- Use your stuffing to fill the head of the bunny. You want to stuff it enough so that the entire heal of the sock is filled so there's no bagginess.
- Continue to fill the sock to your desired chubbiness leaving about a half inch of sock at the bottom with no stuffing. If you're using a very long sock cut off the excess leaving a half inch unstuffed to make your closure.
- Use tread to make the neck indention. Simply tie around where you want the neck to be as tight as you can, making a few simple knots to keep it from coming loose. Make sure you knot it in back and cut the excess thread.
- Add thread to your needle again and make put it through the sock close to the edge of the opening. To secure it put the needle between the two thread just before the knot at the end of the string as shown in the picture to the right.
- Continue around the sock simply going in and out with your needle and thread.
- Once you've weaved the thread all the way around you can pull the string tight forcing the sock to close. Be sure to push the edge of the sock inside the bunny before pulling it closed all the way.
- Hold it tight and sew a few stitches into the closure for good measure and knot it closed. Cut your excess thread.
- You know have a completed bunny body. Continue to make the optional arms.
- Use a matching sock or the cut excess if you're using a really long sock to make the adorable bunny hands.
- Always make longer arms than you think you will need. You can always cut them shorter later.
- Take a square or rectangle of sock and fold in half long ways. From the fold make a rounded cut only to the width you want the arm (the arm with expand when stuffed so make a little thinner than you want the final arm to be) then cut strait and parallel to the fold all the way down.
Use the picture to the right as a guide.
- Fold the arm so the sock fabric is inside out and sew it together starting from the fold and continuing along the curved cut and down the strait cut side, leaving the very being the only opening.
- Turn the sock right side out. This is made slightly easier with the help of any long slender object such as a pencil, chopstick or crochet hook.
- Use your stuffing to fill the arm to your desired fullness. Make sure to only stuff the ends where the arm will be exposed.
- If you're going to make clothes for your bunny I find it easier to sew the arms on after the body of the garment has been added. Sew on where you like and cut off any length of arm at the opening end to make it shorter.
Use your imagination and scraps to make this bunny fantastic!!
Please remember that if you use any small pieces that can come loose such as beads or buttons they can be a choking hazard for the little one under 3 years of age.