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bunny + flowers

Meet Ms Bun-Bun, my first attempt at softie making from one of my cute new Japanese craft books:

plush bunny

The fabric isn’t photographing very well – it’s a deep burgundy colour with a nice fuzzy feel to it. I bought it as a remnant, so I don’t know what the fabric really is.

To make the bunny, I traced the pattern pieces from the book onto freezer paper, cut them out and then ironed them onto the reverse side of the fabric, which made cutting out the fabric pieces really easy. Is this an established technique, or did I just invent it? I don’t know, but I highly recommend it! The freezer paper templates can be ironed on and peeled off several times, so you can even reuse them to make more toys.

The diagrams in the book were all so clear that I had no problem following the instructions, even though all the text was in Japanese. I didn’t have any plastic pellets to weigh down the bottom of the bunny, so I improvised with a handful of small buttons.

Apparently Japanese bunnies don’t have tails (I may fix this later):

plush bunny

Ms Bun-Bun’s favourite activities are sunbathing and picking fresh flowers:

plush bunny

I crocheted the flowers with a 2.35mm hook. I used black crochet cotton for the centres, and beautiful hand-dyed lambswool from Renaissance Dyeing for the petals. It’s actually Crewel embroidery wool – I bought it years ago and completely forgot I had it until I was looking for something to make Ms Bun-Bun an accessory with – what a nice surprise ๐Ÿ™‚

crochet flowers

I love those flowers! They are under 3/4″ diameter. Now what else can I do with them… crocheted jewellery, hair accessories, maybe even clothing embellishments…?

8 Comments »

  1. Katherine said

    It so kawaii , do you sell them I would totally buy one. Wht fabric did u you use ? I would like to talk to you more !

    • June said

      Hi Katherine, I made this bunny 5 years ago from a pattern in a Japanese book. No, I don’t sell them, and I bought the fabric as a remnant so I have no idea what it was! If you read the post again, there’s a link with more info about the book I got the pattern from ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sarah said

    I want it!

  3. Felicia said

    he’s a cutie!

  4. Cocoa said

    Aaawww! She is adorable. Makes me want to go make something myself! :o)

  5. Clare said

    Ms. Bun-Bun is adorable. Love the picture of her sunbathing! The crocheted flowers finish her off beautifully.

  6. futuregirl said

    Bun-bun is super cute. I love the crochet flowers, too.

  7. Kari said

    So adorable! I love that fabric! I had to tilt my screen a little to catch the burgundy, but she’s gorgeous! I really like your tiny flowers, too. I’ll confess to spending too much for a teeny crochet butterfly hairclip for my Blythe doll! LOL

    You could do a lot with flowers, I’d even add a few to my cashmere button bracelets (if you sell them, that is!) Hope you’re feeling better!!!

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