Recycled Merino Bunny….from a shrunken jumper…

A little unselfish sewing is good for the soul! My oldest friend recently gave birth to a gorgeous baby boy and I wanted to mark little Zavier’s arrival with something handmade. Enter the Merino Bunny….

This is my first foray into toy making and actually, I found it hugely satisfying and I’m really happy with how he turned out…

What’s even better is that this little bunny’s eco credentials are solid πŸ™‚ He’s made from a merino jumper that I loved but after it’s first wear,,,,got seriously felted when put in the tumble dryer by mistake! (We’ve all done it!)….in fact all the elements of Merino Bunny, (despite being natural/luxury materials like merino, silk and cotton), are reused/thrifted/recycled…(apart from the filling which is new!)

Essentially I just deconstructed the garment by cutting around the seams…

Then cut my pieces using a free online pattern. The pattern can be downloaded here and there are ample clear instructions to follow there, so I won’t go into that here….

His ears are lined with scraps of cotton seersucker (thrifted) and I embroidered his facial features using vintage silk embroidery thread that I thrifted aaaaages ago. His pom pom tail is also made from a vintage thrifted silk/cotton mix yarn….(this is one thrifty bunny!)

Never really seen the point in pom pom makers. This is how I make mine. Wrapped around the hand (not tooo tight or your fingers will start to go blue!)…slip the skien off the hand and tie securely in the centre….snip the loops….then fluff out the pom pom, and trim to shape…

This is the yarn in question. I think it was in production in the 80’s. But a quick google or ebay search should be able to bag you some. It does pop up on ebay from time to time and I recently saw some on Etsy too.

I departed from the pattern a little when it came to bunny’s arms and legs. The pattern suggests having them unstuffed and floppy. But I stuffed mine and gave his “fingers” and “toes” a more three dimensional effect using large stitches inbetween…using the same silk thread I used on his features….

He’s actually as big as baby Zavier…..

But hey….he’ll grow into it πŸ™‚

All together now…..awwwww!


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  1. Liochka May 28, 2014

    So lovely !

  2. Crafty Albumine May 28, 2014

    This is very cute. And I also have a merino jumper, badly damaged because of the wrong cycle on my washing machine… oops! It’s green and would make a perfect bunny for a boy! Thanks for sharing

  3. Helen May 28, 2014

    So cute! I’m sure he’ll love it.

  4. Fabric Tragic May 28, 2014

    Using felted jumpers is a great way to make cute softies. Mine tend to be a bit creepy looking though my friends are used to them by now! Your bun is very cute, no hint of creepiness!

  5. Is it just me or....? May 28, 2014

    Love the bunny – gorgeously cute and the baby too!

  6. Laura May 28, 2014

    Aww, this is adorable! I’m sure Zavier will love him πŸ™‚

  7. ZoΓ« May 28, 2014

    Oh this is so cute, I’m going to give this a go for a friend of mine πŸ™‚

  8. Annabelle May 28, 2014

    Just darling Portia! I love your version so much more than the one from the PDF instructions, I would have never seen the potential for such a cute toy had I looked at the blue and yellow bunny. What a good friend you are to make handmades for her little one πŸ™‚

    • MrsC (Maryanne) May 28, 2014

      SO true! I wouldn’t have seen the potential from the sample online! Yours is utterly charming, ::)

  9. That is one seriously cute bunny. And I speak as a parent with a large amount of soft toys kicking about my house that are never played with (just check out the soft toy bin at your local charity shop and you’ll see that I’m not alone), so it takes a lot to impress me in the soft toy department. This one is definitely worth it though.

  10. Claire May 28, 2014

    What a beautiful gift! I love that the bunny is both cute and ethical.

  11. JustSew Jenna May 29, 2014

    Gorgeous bunny! Great use of a felted sweater!

  12. pootleandmake June 4, 2014

    Cute bunny, it looks like something you’d buy from the White Company.

  13. Beth – Sew DIY June 16, 2014

    This is SUPER cute! So precious.

  14. Zoe June 20, 2014

    Sooooo sweet! Love how you stitched the features and toes. Make sure you take a pic of him with the bunny as the same size, it’ll be cool to look back on when he’s much bigger! xx

  15. jenny_o June 23, 2014

    Beautiful bunny & beautiful baby πŸ™‚

    I prefer how you did the arms/legs and toes. Good call.

  16. Pretty Florals July 7, 2014

    So beautiful! I must try this for my little niece πŸ™‚ Thanks.


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