In 2010, I wanted to make something different for Easter to give to my grandsons that they could keep and use every year. Thinking along the lines of a stuffed toy, I came up with these colorful stuffed felt rabbits with a basket for a belly. I ended up making several for family and friends.
Jelly Bean stands about 12” tall, and his belly is about 5 1/2” deep and 7 1/2” wide. He’s stuffed with 2 cups of rice in the bottom, to keep him from falling over, and stuffing. For my grandsons, I filled his belly with colored eggs, small toys and candy. I also made a yellow one and filled his belly with jelly beans (of course) and sat him on the counter at work for our customers to enjoy.
These guys are really easy to make and will definetly please any child. Here’s the instructions.
JELLY BEAN Easter Rabbit Basket HOW TO
½ yard 72” felt (makes 2)
Felt scraps for inner ear pieces, eyes, mouth
Black craft foam or black pipe cleaners (for whiskers)
½” Pink pompom
Large white pompom (optional)
8” – ½” boning
PDF Patterns: These pdf files aren’t real pretty, but they’ll do the job.
JellyBeanPattern SHEET 1
JellyBeanPattern2 SHEET 2
JellyBeanPattern3 SHEET 3
HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:
MAKE BODY PATTERN
Since I couldn’t fit the whole BODY pattern on my scanner, you’ll need to make one. Do this buy cutting out the BODY and HEAD pattern pieces on SHEET1. Then trace and cutout the BODY piece on a folded piece of paper (with the “cut on fold” edge along the fold). Then open and tape the BODY to the HEAD pattern piece. Cut 2 felt pieces (FRONT and BACK).
Stitch inner ear to outer ear using 1/8”-1/4” seam allowance. Clip curves. Turn right side out and press with hands. Make a fold at the bottom of inner ear, pin and baste raw edges together. Repeat for the other inner and outer ear pieces.
Stitch two hand pieces together using 1/8”-1/4” seam allowance. Clip curves. Turn right side out and press with hands. Fill with stuffing, leaving 1 ½” unstuffed. Baste raw edges together. Repeat for the other two hand pieces.
Stitch two feet pieces together using 1/8”-1/4” seam allowance. Clip curves. Turn right side out and press with hands. Fill with stuffing, leaving about 5/8” unstuffed. Baste raw edges together. Repeat for the other two foot pieces.
HANDS and FEET “Paw” Lines:
Position hands before starting to make sure you have a right and a left hand.
With full strand (6) of embroidery thread, make “paw” lines on hands and feet by inserting the needle from the back through to the front “paw” line, then down through the bottom seam to the front of the second “paw” line, pull to tighten, then insert needle down through the bottom seam to the back where the knot is. Pull to tighten second line. Tie off.
- Turn top edge under 5/8” and stitch close to edge to form casing.
- Insert the 8” boning piece through casing so it’s centered in the middle (about 1 ½” free casing on each end). Stitch across casing on each side to secure boning.
- Gather bottom edge between marks.
- Pin BELLY, right side up, to front at sides and bottom. Baste in place ¼”.
- Pin EARS and FEET, right side down, to front edge at marks. Baste in place ¼”.
- Pin HANDS, right side UP, to front edge at marks. Baste in place ¼”.
- Cut a 3” vertical (up and down) slit in the middle of the head on the BACK piece. This will be used to turn Jelly Bean right side out.
- Pin BACK to FRONT, leaving bottom open. Stitch, using ½” seam allowance.
- Trim seam to ¼” and clip curves.
- Pin and stitch BOTTOM to FRONT and BACK, using 3/8” seam allowance.
- Trim seam to ¼” and clip curves.
- Gently turn right side out, pulling ears, hands, belly and feet, through the BACK head opening.
- Pour about 2 cups of rice into opening and bounce it on the table a couple of times to settle the rice. Add some stuffing, pushing it hard over the rice to keep it in place. Stuff the rest of the body. Slip stitch the opening closed.
- Bend ears as desired and hand sew a few stitches at the fold to hold.
- Tack the backside of HANDS to the belly.
- Gather center of BOW and place the center of the folded BOW TIE piece over gathered BOW and tie in a knot in the back.
- Add BOW TIE around the rabbit’s neck and sew ends together, cutting to shorten if needed.
Eyes, Nose, Whiskers and Mouth
- Cut out eye and mouth pieces and assemble them with fabric glue. Glue to rabbit’s face as desired.
- Glue nose and whiskers to rabbit’s face.
- If desired, glue a large white pompom “tail” to the back.