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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

DIY Easter Bunny Softie (Big and Small) Toys for Kids and Pets



This post is a collaboration with our partner blog, Dalmatian DIY.  Tiger's year-long collection of DIY felt cat toys have been popping up all over our posting plan recently and we thought it might be nice to share an easy Easter DIY that could be easily adapted to kids or pets of all shapes and sizes.  Softie dog toys follow the same basic principles as you would use if sewing (or buying) for a small child - no loose parts to nibble free and everything securely stitched into a sturdy toy.

DIY Fleece Easter Bunny Softie

You will need a piece of chocolate brown (or other colour of your choice) fleece twice the size of your final bunny toy, fleece scraps for embellishments, complementary coloured thread, stuffing, squeakers (optional) and scissors/sewing tools. The toy shown is machine sewn (except for the eye) with a straight stitch, hem out. Simple, sturdy, and cute!

  • Cut two bunny shapes (i.e. the full size for your finished your toy) If you aren't comfortable free-handing, draw it first on paper to make your own template or download a free template.
  • Cut any embellishments you wish to add.  I used a round white circle for the eye, two strips of fleece for a collar, and an extra bit of brown fleece to accent the ear and tail.
  • Using a complimentary thread colour, stitch your embellishments onto the front of one bunny.  
    • Sew your tail and ear embellishments into place.
    • Pin and stitch your collar.  The ends can be left to tuck-in during joining.
    • Sew your eye securely into place around the edge. Add an iris and/or pupil using a little extra stitching if you wish, mimicking the candy eyes of chocolate bunnies.
    • Repeat if double-siding.
  • Sew the two bunnies together, embellished side(s) out, stopping with a large enough gap to add fill. Add stuffing and (optional) squeakers.  I included a squeaker near the ears and the bum. :)
  • Finish stitching the toy closed, trim any threads if/as needed, and enjoy! Yes...those are shiny patches of drool on the bunny.  Oli was too excited to wait for the first picture below!


DIY Felt Easter Bunny Softie 

This cat-sized bunny toy is made similar to above, but on a much smaller scale to show how easy it is to scale softies up/down to suit your needs.  You will need a small piece of chocolate brown (or other colour of your choice) felt twice the size of your final bunny toy, felt scraps for embellishments, complementary coloured thread, stuffing, catnip (optional) and scissors/sewing tools. The toy shown uses a blanket stitch throughout, and the stitches form part of the design as in all of Tiger's felt toys.  The exception is the flowered collar which is embroidered for a little extra embellishment.


  • Cut two bunny shapes (i.e. the full size for your finished your toy) If you aren't comfortable free-handing, draw it first on paper to make your own template or download a free template.
  • Cut any embellishments you wish to add.  I used a round white circle for the eye, a strip of scrap felt for a collar, and a scrap of light brown fleece to accent the ear.
  • Using a complimentary thread colour, stitch your embellishments onto the front of one bunny. 
    • Sew your tail and ear embellishments into place.
    • Pin and stitch your collar.  Embellish if you wish using a little extra stitching.
    • Sew your eye securely into place around the edge. Add an iris and/or pupil using a little extra stitching if you wish, mimicking the candy eyes of chocolate bunnies.
    • Repeat if double-siding.
  • Sew the two bunnies together, embellished side(s) out, stopping around 3/4 of the way to add stuffing and (optional) catnip.  If you cat prefers jingly toys, you can sew a jinglebell to the inside before joining.  If they prefer crinkly toys, I have heard people sometimes add a few candy wrappers to the stuffing, but have never tried myself.  Whatever you use, make sure it is safely secured inside!
  • Finish stitching the toy closed, trim any threads if/as needed, and enjoy!

Although the dogs visit here at Creativity Unmasked from time to time, they are all grown up and have their own blog now!  You can find us posting fun doggy DIYs and recipes weekly at Dalmatian Remember - toys are for playing and playtime is safer (and more fun!) with you involved.  You can read more about dog toy safety here and cat toys here.

1 comment:

  1. Great question from Patty on the Dalmatian DIY Facebook page about where to find squeakers, and I thought I should share my reply here in case others are having similar trouble. I couldn't find squeakers in my local craft shops either, but then discovered that I could buy them in bulk online. Hooray! I my experience, you can find them via large suppliers such as AliExpress, Amazon, and eBay depending on where you live and where you prefer to shop. I have both the standard squeakers and heavy duty squeakers for making different toys. They're also great to have on hand for restuffing toys for stitch-up and reuse. I have a toy hospital basket where I put their dog-damaged but salvageable softies for repairs.

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