Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bunny & Carrot Pattern!

Hello friends! I am very excited to announce that you can now buy the Bunny & Carrot sewing pattern! Eeeeeeee!

This is a pdf sewing pattern to make a Bunny

and its Carrot playsuit.

First, a quick nuts-and-bolts overview:

Q: How big are the Bunny and Carrot?

Q:  Is this made on the sewing machine or by hand?
A: The projects in this pattern are intended to be made with a sewing machine.

Q: What sort of skill level is this pattern suitable for?
A: This is the recommendation from my pattern testers: a seamstress of intermediate sewing level or even an advanced beginner should be comfortable with it (also adventurous beginners who like a challenge). Here is a list of skills you will need. 

Q: Are there photos or is it just text instructions?
A: In the pattern are of 41 instructional pages containing about 100 full-color photos and detailed text instructions. Here is a sample page:

Q: Will I need to enlarge the templates?
A: There are 7 pages of full-size templates - no enlargement needed. Because of its size, the Carrot template will be printed out as partial templates and will require some simple assembly with glue or tape.

Q: What fabrics should I use?
A: Fleece is ideal for both the Bunny and Carrot. Here is the master materials list. 

Below are more pages detailing recommended fabrics for the Bunny, offering other options should you choose to diversify from fleece. 

Here are photos of Bunnies in some of these recommended fabrics:
Pink Luxe Fleece

Grey Blizzard/Anti-pill Fleece

Grey fur

White plush knit

White fur

Quilting cotton

Q: Where can I buy these fabrics?
A: Fleece is available at most fabric stores, as are the notions required for this project. For your convenience, I've also put 6 starter materials kits in the shopThese kits contain some of the materials to make one white Bunny and one Carrot. The kits are $24 each (plus shipping and handling) and each kit contains
  • 1/4 yd x 60" white fleece for the Bunny
  • 1/4 yd  x 15" light pink plush knit for the Bunny
  • 1/2 yd x 60" orange fleece for the Carrot
  • 1/4 yd x 15" of each of three shades of green fleece for the Carrot

  • 6" hook-and-loop tape for the Carrot
  • 2/3 cup of poly pellets
  • 1 pair 6mm safety eyes

These are other materials you will need for the project but which are NOT included in the kit:
  • Sewing thread
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Embroidery floss
  • Knit fabric scrap for the pellet bag (if you don't have knit fabric, cotton is fine, too, or cut up an old Tshirt)
  • Medium-weight sew-in interfacing for the Carrot (3/4 yard x 20" wide)

Q: What is the cost of the Bunny & Carrot Pattern?
A: It is USD$16.

If you love bunnies but don't (or don't want to) sew, I will also have three bunny-and-carrot sets in the shop soon! Some are samples from the pattern design process, and some I made just because sewing bunnies is ridiculously addictive and I can't seem to stop.

I am grateful for my six testers - Cecile, Barbara, Heather, Melissa, Donna and Louise, and my proof reader Grandma G. They were wonderful to work with, and I loved seeing their creativity in their bunnies and carrots! They represent a wide spectrum of sewing experiences, backgrounds and personalities and their feedback was instrumental in the evolution of that first alpha draft into the version you guys will be using to make your own Bunnies and Carrots. Thanks, you guys! I'll be sending you a copy of the final version of the pattern this week!

To the readers who responded to my call for alpha-testers but whom I was unable to include in the testing team, I will send you the 50% discount code this week, too, so wait till you receive my email to buy your pattern, okay?

To my readers who hail from EU countries: the best way to buy a pdf pattern is probably via my etsy store. I've heard that the paypal-E-junkie interface may be funky for EU transactions, possibly because of the VATMOSS thing. At the end of this post are instructions on how to buy my patterns via etsy.

And finally, thank you, all my lovely readers, for your enthusiasm and tenacity! This pattern is the result of your interest in (and requests for) an ikatbag bunny pattern and I hope you enjoy making many bunnies and creating many happy memories with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and young friends. Kate and I are thrilled to finally share this pattern with you. 

Looking ahead, I thought you might be interested in seeing the evolution of a stuffed toy design, from concept to finished product. It's not that different from drafting garments, except that it's 3-D and fit issues look very different in a toy than a dress or skirt! In the coming days, look out for a couple of follow-up posts on the Bunny and Carrot pattern and designing soft toys in general. I'm excited to share the method to my madness! 

Q: So how do we buy the Bunny & Carrot Pattern?

A: Buyers from countries in the EU: email me directly (my email address is in the sidebar of my blog) and I will set up a reserved listing for you in my etsy store. You can pay by paypal or credit card and I will email you the pattern file as an attachment once the payment has been processed. It's fast and easy.

All other buyers: go here to buy the Bunny & Carrot Pattern. 

Happy sewing!


  1. Eeeee! I'm so excited! I'm hoping I can make this my new year's project (since I'm just about to have baby #3, I don't think sewing a bunny is in my immediate future, sadly). I've loved Bunny since I first found your site and am so thankful that the season for sharing Bunny has arrived. :)
    p.s. I'm also really excited to hear about your design process with softies!

  2. owww cute!
    Cant wait to make Bunny..

  3. So cute!!! I love that there will now be bunnies with their carrot costumes all over the world.


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