Old quilts with a family history are wonderful treasures to own, but if they are worn or damaged, sometimes the only way to save them is to transform them into something else. Use grandma's old and tattered quilt to make a stuffed quilted rabbit for her grandchildren. This stuffed rabbit will become a new family heirloom that will continue to be treasured and handed down from generation to generation. This stuffed quilted rabbit is very easy to assemble and is a great way to teach children to sew and craft.
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Things you need
- Lightweight cardboard
- Old quilt
- Marking pen
- Hand sewing needle and quilting thread
- Hot glue gun
- 4-inch straw hat
- Craft knife
- 2 1-inch white pom-poms
- 1 1/2-inch pink pom-pom
- 2 1/2-inch flat black buttons
- White crochet thread and tapestry needle
- 1-inch wide ribbon, 24-inches long
Draw the patterns for the quilted rabbit on lightweight cardboard. Using a compass, draw a 15-inch circle for the rabbit's body, a 10-inch circle for the rabbit's head and a 6-inch circle for the rabbit's front paws. Cut out the circles.
Make a fist with one hand and place the fleshy side of your hand on the cardboard. Draw around the shape of the fist. Remove your hand. Soften and round out the curves. This is the pattern for the rabbit's back paws. Cut out the pattern. Draw a 3-inch-wide by 8-inch-long rectangle on the cardboard. Shape and taper the rectangle into a pointed football shape and cut out. This is the ear pattern.
Lay the quilt wrong side up on your work table. Place the patterns on the quilt and draw around them using a marking pen. You will need one body, one head, two front paws, two back paws and two ears. Cut out the shapes.
Sew long running stitches around the edge of the body circle, using a hand sewing needle and quilting thread. Pull the thread to gather the body and form a pouch. Fill the pouch with stuffing and gather the pouch closed. Knot the thread and clip. Repeat for the head and the paws.
Place the body ball on your work surface with the gathered side up. Apply hot glue to the gathers of the head. Place the hot-glued head gathers on top of the gathers of the body and squish the head down until the glue has cooled.
Stand the head and body on your work surface like a snowman. Apply hot glue to the back of the rear paws at the heels and position on the front of the body with the narrow heels touching and the wider toes separated by 5 inches. Apply hot glue to the gathers of the front paws and press them to the body above the toes. The toes of the back paws and the front paw balls will be touching because there is not a lot of room here, but they are not glued to each other, just the body. Hold the front paws in place until the glue cools. Note: The bunny is sitting with his paws on the front of the body.
Cut 1-inch slits at the brim and crown crease of a 4-inch straw hat, on opposite sides of the hat. Attach the ears to the hat by inserting a 1/2-inch from one end of each ear into the slits from the outside of the hat. This will leave the remainder of the ears on top of the hat. Allow this remainder to drape over the hat brim like a floppy-earred rabbit. Apply glue to the inside crown of the hat and on the 1/2-inch of the ears inside the hat. Place the hat on the top of the head and hold until the glue has cooled. The glue will secure the hat and the points of the ears that were inserted through the slits.
Glue two 1-inch white pom-poms side by side to the centre of the face for the cheeks. Glue a 1/2-inch pink pom-pom to the divot between the white pom-poms for the nose. Hot glue two 1/2-inch flat black buttons above the nose for the eyes.
Thread a 2-ply length of white crochet thread onto a tapestry needle. Insert the needle in the head on one side of the cheeks and bring it out of the head on the other side of the cheeks. Cut the threads with 6-inches hanging on both sides for whiskers. Separate the whiskers and tie them in a knot close to the cheeks, securing the whiskers.
Cut a 24-inch length of 1-inch wide ribbon. Tie the ribbon around the quilted rabbit's neck and tie into a bow.