Easter is approaching fast and if you’re not sure what to make for a special child (or grown up!) in your life, then this post is for you. Who can resist a cute fluffy bunny rabbit toy? A handmade toy is always extra special and makes a great alternative to chocolate Easter eggs. There are so many adorable bunny rabbit sewing patterns available, I thought I would share my favourites with you. Some are free patterns and others are available from Etsy.
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Cotton bunny rabbit sewing patterns
My first Easter bunny pattern is from a Ukrainian Esty shop, Beautiful Day Store. Buying patterns to download from Ukrainian sellers helps to support them in these difficult times. The bunny is adorable and the pattern includes the instructions for how to make the bunny, her pretty dress and undies. The finished bunny is 34 cm tall (excluding the ears!) and I love her sleepy face. She’d make a perfect gift for someone special at Easter.
The ‘cover star’ bunny is one I made from a free pattern in an 2019 edition of Mollie Makes Magazine by Lucy Woodrow of Blossom and Friday. You can find a very similar pattern in her Etsy shop, along with pretty outfits to make and other animals and dolls.
I’m a big fan of the next bunny rabbit sewing pattern from 10×2 Studio as it’s a perfect size for little hands and comes with the pattern for a cute coat. I’ve made their Tiny Doll Sewing Pattern before and it came with really clear instructions and lots of photos to help. I would recommend any of the patterns for a beginner.
Another bunny sewing pattern from a Ukrainian seller is this lovable character from Good Mood Toys. This pattern includes all of the clothes – which also fit other animals made from the same shop – an added bonus if you want to make some friends for your rabbit! The reviews are very positive, with praise for the detailed instructions – good to know if you’re a beginner.
If you’re a fan of The Velveteen Rabbit story by Margery Williams, then this rabbit sewing pattern from Unlikely Handmade is for you. If you’ve never read the story – you need to read it! I’ve always been very sentimental about toys and it really didn’t help!!
Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.From The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
My next bunny is a very cool character, with a laid back beanie and overalls from Bon Patterns. I’ve not tried their sewing patterns yet but they are definitely on my list to make (it’s a long list!). There is also a girl with a pretty dress or a ballet dancer bunny – all adorable! They’ve used linen to make the clothes which create a lovely rustic vibe.
My next bunny sewing pattern from Willowynn comes with a bear friend! The seller suggests upcycling an old baby blanket or flanellette sheet to make this bunny, which is a lovely idea for making a keepsake. You can also make clothes for them using another sewing pattern, as every bunny needs to look their best. If you use stretchy fabrics, then remember that they will keep expanding when you stuff them, so any clothes you make may not fit!
Another Easter bunny sewing pattern is this 43cm tall fabric bunny (from Gathered), with quilted ears and a simple arms and legs (image below). You could create lots of different variations of the bunny by using different types of patterned fabric for the contrasting parts. The pattern is also good for using up any fat quarters or scraps of fabric. The instructions are clear and look easy to follow. This is a free pattern.
My next free bunny sewing pattern is a simple scrap busting pattern from Inspiration Made Simple. The instructions say that it takes about an hour to make – so a good option if you have lots of bunnies to make!
Jersey fabric bunny patterns
The next free bunny sewing pattern is from Chez Beeper Bebe is very eco-friendly, as it’s made from an old t-shirt. It’s called the ‘Mooshy Belly Bunny’ and it looks really soft and cuddly.
Plush fabric bunny patterns
If you want something a little more challenging, then the next bunny sewing pattern from Sew4Home is made with plush fabric. Sewing with plush can be a bit tricky, but there is a link to a tutorial to help. I just use lots of pins to stop it slipping! The end result is a very cuddly soft bunny. It’s a free pattern.
My next plush bunny sewing pattern is by Alex Mazur from Sewing Toys By Alex. The pattern can either be made in plush fabric, or could also be made from your baby’s old clothes to create a keepsake toy. It also comes with a You Tube video showing how to make the bunny – including how to sew up the parts using ladder stitch. If you’re making a bunny for a baby or young child, I would avoid using buttons for safety reasons. If you’re new to making toys, be prepared for some hand sewing to finish seams and join parts together.
‘Teddy’ style bunnies
I’ve called this section ‘teddy’ style bunnies as they are made in the same way as traditional teddy bears, with jointed arms and legs. They will be more challenging to make. I made the mistake of asking my daughter which bunny she’d like me to make for her, and she chose the bunny from My Sweet Teddy (see below), so I’m going to give it go!
This next bunny sewing pattern, from My Sweet Teddy looks very soulful and I love the muted tones of the fur and outfits – they just have so much character. The pattern is just a pattern and materials list, with no instructions. This one is best for experienced teddy bear makers. My Mum has just started to make teddy bears and I’ll be borrowing her books and expertise to make this bunny (I’ll let you know how it goes). If you want to try it, you can see the supplies I’ve ordered below. The My Sweet Teddy shop is run by another Ukrainian seller, so I was happy to support them.
Another bunny for more experienced sewers, is the Viola Bunny pattern from Olde Briar Shop. It has a vintage heirloom look and jointed limbs and upright ears. The sewing pattern doesn’t include the dress she’s wearing the pictures, which is a shame, but she’s still a very good looking bunny.
This next bunny sewing pattern is a felt ‘Miss Bunny’ from Petras Wonderland, which is sewn by hand. Sewing by hand is really relaxing and felt is easy to sew. She has a sweet lacy dress and cute bow which gives her character.
My final bunny sewing pattern is for a very distinguished looking rabbit from Amuru Toys. It’s the smallest of my bunny pattern suggestions, and looks easy to make.
More Easter ideas…
If you need more Easter sewing ideas, or want to buy a ready made bunny, then check out my Etsy favourites for Easter.
For more Easter crafts check out these posts:
Happy Easter crafting and sewing! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook @galaxiadolls for more dolly sewing and crafting inspiration.Claire