DIY Snuggle Bunnies for Easter (or anytime!)

April 14, 2014

I have two of those magic rice bag things that you can put in the microwave and heat up like a heating pad and I love them. I bring them to bed with me many nights and lay with them under my back, of just set one in my lap while I am reading and they make me so warm and cozy. A few times this winter I put one of them in Nora's snowsuit while we walked and it really kept her warm and toasty. I have been meaning to make her a warmy bag for a while now and I finally got around to it. 

I decided to make hers a little more fun and do a "snuggle bunny"- Mr. Tweedle actually came up with the name! I got it done just in time for easter and it's going to look cute sitting in her easter basket this weekend. We will be able to put it in the microwave to warm up her bed when she is a little older or the freezer to use as a cool ice pack on a hot day in the summer. I think she will like playing with it too.

After I made Nora's, I got a little carried away and made 6 more! I started a little assembly line and had all my fabric scraps out and different cute combinations of patterns and colours were jumping out at me and I had to keep making them! Ha! Nora will have gifts to give some of her little friends when the occasion arises!

I drew out my own pattern on freezer paper and labeled the pieces. Because these are made from fabric scraps and meant to look cutesy and imperfect, it didn't matter if everything was completely symmetrical. You will need 6 different cotton fabrics and a large piece of felt or cotton quilt batting for the liner. 
Cut out your pieces. You'll need 4x arms, 4x legs, 4x ears, 1 back, 1 top body and 1 bottom body. With the liner, you need 2 arms, 2 legs, 2 ear pieces and 2 body pieces. The lining isn't necessary, but it adds a little weight to the arms, legs and ears and insulates the body pieces a little to keep it warm/cold longer when it is being used. 
Sew together the top and bottom front body pieces and add a face of some kind. For this one, I cut some felt pieces and sewed them on and then used a satin stitch on my sewing machine to to the eyes and nose. I wanted it to durable enough to withstand Nora playing with it, so I didn't do the faces by hand. 

Here are all the pieces ready to be put together. 
In order to do the arms, legs and ears, place your fabric right sides together and add your lining piece on top. Stitch all the way around leaving the bottom open. 
Turn right side out and iron. 
For the ears to have a folded look, just fold each bottom corner over as pictured and sew across the folds to hold them in place. 

Place the bunny front right side up and lay out your pieces as they will appear on the finished bunny. Both the front and back lining pieces are on the bottom. Once you have everything in place, lay the back piece, right side down (so that side sides are together) and pin all the pieces in place. 
Sew around the entire thing, leaving a 1.5 inch space to turn right side out.

Now it is ready to be filled with rice! You can just use regular rice. Don't fill it too full because you want it to be a little floppy and able to be draped over a shoulder or in your little one's lap. Remember to pour the rice in between the two pieces of lining. I put 1 cup of rice in mine. After the rice is in, you need to sew the gap shut by hand. 

 To make one bunny, set aside about an hour or an hour and a half. It is not very difficult and I'm sure your little ones will enjoy a snuggle bunny in their easter basket too! If you decide to make this project, I would love to see it!

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  1. TweedleBud Lainey14 April 2014 at 17:25

    These are amazing!!! Etsy these!

  2. These are sooo cute! I would buy one! Because let's face it...I am never going to make it myself!

  3. Those are absolutely adorable!!! Miss Tweedle does it again!!!

  4. Those are adorable!!!! Miss Tweedle does it again!!!!


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