Tape measure or ruler
For the benefit of this make we have used a thick Contrasting coloured thread, so you can see the stitches. We suggest you use a thread that matches the sock colour, or choose the lightest colour in a pattern to match your thread.
There are many debates on how to start off your stitches, some like to back stitch a few times then start sewing, others create French knots, however I generally tie a slip knot, this is enough to anchor your thread to begin sewing.
Our only star tip when hand sewing, is don’t use too long a length of thread. Too much thread tends to knot up when sewing making it frustrating to complete any task; a good amount to use can be measured from your finger tip down to your elbow.
1. Turn your socks inside out. For both socks cut off the toes approximately 8cm from the toe tips
2. Using a running stitch, sew around the cut edge of the sock, pull the thread tight, gathering the edge. Secure this gathered end by wrapping the thread around this point two to three times. Secure with a knot, produced by passing your needle underneath the thread you have just wrapped around, then passing the needle back through the loop you have just created. Pull tight, if you want to make it more secure repeat this step.
3. Repeat step two with your second sock.
4. For the head, take one of your socks. Flatten the end parallel to the heel of the sock. See diagram. Note if your sock has a pattern evenly line up the pattern before you cut the sock from the ankle top down approximately 11cm.
5. As these are the ears of the bunny, sew a curve to create a softer edge. See diagram above. With a running stitch start approximately 1cm down, from the tip on the folded side of the ear, sew up and curve your stitches around the top, coming back down toward the two loose edges. Carry on sewing down to the base of the ears creating another curve of stitches here. Sew up the edge of the opposite ear approximately 2cm further. Tie off your thread, as described in step 2, however use your last stitch as the anchor point to pass your needle through.
6. Repeat step 5 for the second ear, this time taking your running stitch down the edge of the ear leave a 3cm gap creating a stuffing point. Tie off your thread.
7. Cut away the corners of your ears. Turn head right side out, check there are no gaps in your seams, then stuff as in diagram below. Begin stuffing at the tips of the ears. Thread your needle, insert the needle from the wrong side of the fabric out, using slip stitch join the folded edge together.
8. Sew buttons on for eyes.
9. To sew the mouth on the face, insert the needle into the base of the head bring the needle out at a point just off centre from the front of the face. Sew a cross, to create the nose and mouth, see diagram. Finish off by over stitching the cross point with a couple of stitches, insert the needle back into the head, bringing it back out at the base of the head, tie off the thread.
10. The body, as in step 4 cut down the middle of the sock, this time approximately 13cm in length. Thread your needle, using blanket stitch close the end of the feet, starting at the folded edge, working towards the cut edge. Repeating step 5, use running stitch down the inside of the leg; create a curve at the crotch, sewing back up the other leg, tying off the thread 2cm up. Repeat on opposite leg, leaving a stuffing point as before.
11. Turn the body right side out. Fluff up the stuffing, this time only stuff the feet. Leave the legs empty, this will allow them to hang while the bunny is in a seated position. Stuff the rest of the body. Thread your needle and close the gap up with slip stitches as in step 7.
12. Using slip stitch attach the head to the body, tie off your thread securely.
13. The arms are made from the toe tips originally cut off in step 1.Cut each toe tip in half as in diagram, discarding the two seamed sections. Fold one arm section in half, right side of fabric together, using slip stitch sew the edges together, leaving the flat top of the arm un-sewn. Turn right side out stuff, then attach the arm to the body with slip stitch. Repeat with the second arm.
Having graduated in Costume design from Wimbledon school of art, London, in 2001.