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Make a perfect little felt bunny for Easter!
Here's a little step by step on how i made surprised bunny... he has no name yet cos i am selling him and if i name him i won't be able to let him go!

Posted by mel g. from GB • Published See mel g.'s 5 projects »
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  • How to make a bunny plushie / rabbit plushie. Felt Bunny - Step 1
    Step 1

    First build a skeleton from pipe cleaners!

  • How to make a bunny plushie / rabbit plushie. Felt Bunny - Step 2
    Step 2

    Wrap skeleton in white merino wool tops, making sure to pad out hands and feet and any areas you may want to stand out. You can use merino for this but i use off cuts from previous felting projects.

  • How to make a bunny plushie / rabbit plushie. Felt Bunny - Step 3
    Step 3

    Layers of merino are added and needle felted slightly to keep in place, you don't want too much fine detail at this stage as it will move a little as you begin to wet felt.

  • How to make a bunny plushie / rabbit plushie. Felt Bunny - Step 4
    Step 4

    Pay attention to areas around the neck and ears and joints. These will need a little poking with a felting needle to make sure they hold in place, other wise the white will show thru

  • How to make a bunny plushie / rabbit plushie. Felt Bunny - Step 5
    Step 5

    Half way wet felted, just his belly and back to go.

    Start wet felting by sprinkling a little hot soapy water on the rabbit. Start with feet and hands, then ears and face. You need to use a massaging motion to get the fibres to knit together

  • How to make a bunny plushie / rabbit plushie. Felt Bunny - Step 6
    Step 6

    Wet felted and now ready for the washing machine. I like this part you get an element of randomness and never know what they will look like when the come out!

    Felt the rest of the rabbit the same way, don't forget the back and pay particular attention to joints. Also make sure you felt the crotch or the body slips down the legs and you end up with a stunted bunny!

  • How to make a bunny plushie / rabbit plushie. Felt Bunny - Step 7
    Step 7

    And he came out of the washing machine looking like this... not a happy bunny!

    Then put bunny in a pillow case and tie with string. he needs to go in the washing machine... i put mine in at 40 degrees. Don't panic when he comes out like this, you then need to gently pull him into shape.

  • How to make a bunny plushie / rabbit plushie. Felt Bunny - Step 8
    Step 8

    Last stage, i needle felt his tail and features on.

  • How to make a bunny plushie / rabbit plushie. Felt Bunny - Step 9
    Step 9

    Finally add beads for eyes and sit him on a shelf. This one is a bit shock after everything he has been thru!

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Holly Olivia
Holly Olivia · 6 projects

Cute!

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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North-Holland, Netherlands · 108 projects

sooooo lovely , i m ust tell you that because of you great tute i have learned myself to make felted needle animals too.
but i always felt them later on by t he washing machine some more to make them durable ;-D
sooooo thank you a lot , you're my great teacher.;-D

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CO + K User

So...I was researching felt food tutes for the swap when I came across this. He is SO freaking cute. Awesome tutorial by the way. I was wondering what "wet felt" was and how you do it. The only felt I've ever heard of comes in 8x12 (usually) squares and I don't think anything happens to it when it gets wet. I don't know, I've never made anything out of felt.

Wow, that was long. sorry!

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Yaya
Yaya · Nagawa, Nagano Prefecture, JP · 11 projects

Oh my gosh! Too cute! I want one!

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Surf jewels
Surf jewels · Essex, England, GB · 10 projects

I wanna try felting, its something ive not tried b4!

Hannah.
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Lisa J.
Lisa J. · Columbus, Ohio, United States · 9 projects

how cute, i need to learn how to felt!

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Lisa J.
Lisa J. · Columbus, Ohio, United States · 9 projects

how cute, i need to learn how to felt!

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Nicole Renee
Nicole Renee · Kansas City, Missouri, United States · 16 projects

LOL So cute!

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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · Edinburgh, GB · 723 projects

So cute, thanks so much for the tutorial!

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· Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, US · 23 projects

Thank you so much for the tutorial. This is really cute and just in time for Easter gifts!

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