Not a Sweet Bunny – Work in Progress

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I am working on an unusual kind of bunny. The not-very-smart kind. Can you see the little toy in the left bottom of the picture above? Do you know it? My sons sure do. When I saw a rendition in crochet on Pinterest, I just had to show them the picture. It became one of those projects I must do right away. So, I followed the link to Kristi’s blog and saved the tutorial. Then, to the store I went to acquire some white cotton yarn.

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I started last Thursday and I already have done the short legs, the body and half the head. The only stitch used is the single crochet. Very easy. But not easy on the hand, though. It is the first time that I am crocheting something with such a big cotton yarn (I am using a 4.00 mm crochet) and I had to change the way I hold my crochet for this project. I usually hold the crochet between my thumb and index finger, maintaining the crochet against my index finger with my thumb. I quickly started to feel pain in the big muscle at the base of my thumb (“What would be this muscle’s name?”, I wondered.) For this bunny, I have to grab the crochet with all my fingers, like I would grab a piece of wood. With this technique, only my wrist moves. A little awkward for me, but painless.

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This rabbit must be stuffed while it is being crocheted and I soon discovered that I did not have much polyester fibrefill left. By chance, I have an old bed sheet that is mostly white. I cut it into 1-inch-wide stripes, approximately 6-inches long. As you can see in the first picture, the cotton stripes give a nice shape to the rabbit. Do you sometimes use an unusual material to stuff crocheted, knitted or sewn forms?

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Other posts about Easter:

Easter Bunny Bag - France Nadeau

Easter Bunny Bag

Easter Butterfly Eggs - France Nadeau

Easter Butterfly Eggs

Easter Egg with Marguerites - France Nadeau

Easter Egg with Marguerites

Easter Bunny Bag

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This is my own version of the Bunny Pouch. I first saw it at Patchouli Moon Studio where Daryl presented her bunny bag and included in her post a link to the creator, Karen from Listen to the Birds Sing. I was so glad she made that link because I wanted to sew one too, for my little niece, and Karen shares a tutorial for this bag.

My version doesn’t look the same as I made it with old t-shirts. I followed the tutorial (which is very clear) but I added a few personal touches, like beads, buttons and a shoulder strap.

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Other Easter projects: Easter Egg with Marguerites, Easter Butterfly Eggs

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Easter Butterfly Eggs

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Eggs, flowers, pastel colors. All things we like to see in Spring. And why not add some butterflies, as a reminder that the hot Summer days are not so far off?

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The egg itself is made with leftover polyester  that has a linen look (from pants I made a few years ago).

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The wings are made with polyester (leftover from my children’s Halloween costumes), except for the pink wings that are from a silk blouse.

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The body is embroidered with the satin stitch, the antennas with the back stitch and crosses, the flowers with the lazy daizy stitch and a bead at the centre.

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I sew a “roll” of fabric over the seam with embroidery floss. The colors were chosen among those used for the butterfly.

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The seam is now hidden.

The free pdf pattern can be found here, in French and in English.

Related posts: Easter Egg with MargueritesPreparing Appliqués with Fusible Interfacing

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Easter Egg with Marguerites

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Easter will be here soon and I have been working on eggs for the last weeks. I wanted cheery colors, a prelude to the flowers we are all hoping to enjoy soon. First, I worked on an embroidered egg, which is the subject of this post. In the picture above, you can also see bits of the Butterfly Easter Eggs I created. I will tell more about them next week.

This was a relaxing project. I started with a few rows of satin stitch, with yellow, pale orange and dark orange floss. That was the longest part of the project. After that, I made green lines on each side with the coral stitch. I love that stitch. I made the knots every 6 mm / 1/4″. That was done pretty fast. Then, I sew the beads for the flowers. That was kind of boring, but well worth the effort. The sparkle they add makes the flowers more vibrant. Lastly, I stitched the petals with the lazy daisy stitch. That stitch is quite simple but beautiful. Little effort for big results!

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Click on the picture to enlarge it and see how simple they are to stitch

After that, it was a matter of assembling the front with the back and adding some details. Like more coral stitch all around the egg and my initials with a few flowers on the back.

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You see the paper flowers on the right? My mother made them a few years ago and I thought they just pair so well with my eggs.

I wrote a pattern for this egg covered with marguerites. You can find it here for free, in French and in English. I really enjoyed stitching the flowers with the lazy daisy stitch. And the transparent bead at the centre of each flower adds a little something.

Have you been working on Easter projects? I would love to learn about them.

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This is the material I used for this project