I have been pondering whether anyone else would like to make this bunny rabbit as there has been quite a lot of interest in him. So here goes!
Firstly, though, I must point out that I made my first “Cuthbert” after reading an article about the self same rabbit in WI Life. See Here So all credit goes to their Craft Dept. The design is attributed to the WI Sussex Federation. The Cuthbert in the photo is made from:
- At least 50 x 30 cm white felt
- At least 20 x20 cm coloured felt
- Hollow fibre filling, enough to create a firm shape
- Piece of ribbon
- Wool or embroidery thread.
- Coated garden wire to strengthen legs and feet
- I used my sewing machine through out and joined the body parts together with strong thread, using ladder stitch.
- I used 1cm seam allowances throughout the project.
- Long nosed tweezers and a pencil for stuffing are useful.
The photos should help I hope.
Constructing the body
- Stitch each side of main body between notches, leaving the neck end open.
- Stitch together inner leg pieces, joining only at the top, i.e. crutch.
- Right sides together stitch inner legs to the outer, matching back and front legs. Leave the foot end open. Break stitching where the 4 seams join to reduce bulk.
- Fit sole piece into each foot and sew carefully. It is easiest to start at the heel.
- Make a small slit in one tail piece for filling and sew both sides together and turn. Stuff with filling and sew slit together.
- Stitch one paw piece to each sleeve end, fold along the length and turn through. Stuff, and sew up sleeve top in a flat seam, this makes it easier to attach to the body.
- Stitch ear pieces together, turn, fold bottom and catch together to make ear shape.
- Stitch head together leave open at neck, and turn. Either draw, embroider or use felt scraps to create his face when filled. Use washable markers or tailors chalk to make markings and positions.
- Turn main body piece. Take a length of plastic coated garden wire and fashion a small loop at one end, measure the length up the leg and half way up body and bend in two for the other leg. Shape the second loop for Cuthberts’ foot.
- Insert wire into the body and fill to make his body firm, ensuring the wire is well covered especially at the feet. Draw the neck edge up slightly with a thread so it is easier to insert inside the head section.
- Stuff the head leaving the neck open and sew firmly over the neck of the body using ladder stitch.
- Attach the tail and ears and arms using ladder stitch, in respective positions. Make markings on paws and face.
- Fold the collar piece in half length ways and sew directly onto the coat neck edge.
- Make a slit either side to fit the arms through. Measure the slit carefully to avoid having to sew the coat on at the arms.
- Fasten coat with a button popper or hook if desired.
- Fasten on a smart bow or necktie or embellish at will!
Unfortunately I do not have a soft version of the pattern to include here as I reworked from a hard copy. I reckoned it would not be too difficult to copy from the photograph. Cuthbert’s finished height is approx 17 inches from the top of his ears to his feet.