Tutorial: Sew a Knuffle Bunny - Free Pattern

8.28.2010

This Summer my children fell in love with a new friend while participating in our local library's Summer Reading Program...


Knuffle Bunny. Now, some people pronounce it "Nuffle" while others say "Ka-nuffle" (including our family), but no matter how you say it, this story book character by creator Mo Willems is completely adorable! Here's how to make your very own!

CLICK HERE to download a pattern and instructions in a pdf file or follow along below!



 • 1/2 yd. light green flannel
• 1/8 yd. light blue flannel
• small scrap of black corduroy or felt
• small scrap of white felt
• black sharpie marker
• black embroidery floss
• hand sewing needle
• sewing machine with white thread
• enough batting to stuff bunny
• white rice



1. Sew the four blue paw pads onto the bottom of arms and legs, using a scant seam, making sure to leave ½” from bottom of arm/leg.
2. With paw pad side in, sew together each arm and leg to its corresponding back piece.
3. Spoon 1 Tbsp. of white rice into each limb. Stuff remaining limb with batting until full.
4. Baste stitch along top of each limb ¼” from open edge.
5. Lay down body piece. Mark on body piece where each arm and leg should be positioned. Lay onto body back with arm or leg facing into the tummy.
6. Lay body front piece on top and pin arms and legs into place. Then pin around the remainder of the body pieces, matching edges together (this may be bulky).
7. Sew with ½ Inch seam around body, leaving the neck portion open.
8. Turn right side out and pour ¼ c. white rice into bottom of body. Stuff with batting until full.
9. Double up some white sewing thread and hand baste along circumference of neck hole. Pull tightly to gather. Sew completely closed. Set aside.
10. Sew the two blue inner ear pieces onto the ears, using a scant seam, making sure to leave ½” from edges of ear.
11. With inner ear side in, sew together each ear to its corresponding back piece.
12. Turn right side out. Fold each ear along the bottom until it meets in the middle of the ear, forming a gusset (as shown below). Baste sew with a ¼” seam.


13. Lay down back of head. Mark where each ear should be positioned. Lay onto fabric with ears facing down towards the center of the head.
14. Lay face piece on top and ears into place. Then pin around the remainder of the head, matching edges together (you may have to fold the ears so they fit into the head space).
15. Sew with ½ Inch seam around head, leaving 2 inches at the bottom neck portion open.
16. Turn right side out and stuff with batting until full.
17. Double up some white sewing thread and hand baste along circumference of neck hole. Pull tightly to gather. Sew completely closed.
18. Hand stitch eyes and nose into place.
19. Using black embroidery thread, hand stitch a line from the bottom of the nose down ¾ Inch. Sew three lines across this line.


20. Using hand needle and doubled up white thread, attach head to body. You may want to go back and forth over this seam multiple times to ensure it is securely fastened.
21. Run a loose basting stitch around circumference of tail circle. Fill with a small ball of batting and pull thread tightly to gather. Attach securely to backside of bunny.
22. Using a black sharpie marker, carefully draw along the edges of each hand and foot paw pad and the eyes. Then place three dots on each cheek as shown in picture above.



22 comments:

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

Emilie - I LOVED this entry for the animal round. It was acutally my favorite. My son saw the screen and screamed "Knufflebunny! Can you make me one mom?" Way to go! I will totally be using this tutorial (once SYTYC ends, that is :) Thanks!

Cheri

The Robbs said...

Thank you for the tutorial my daughter is going to love this! Your instructions are very easy to follow. Thanks again!

What goes on said...

This is a great tutorial! Thanks! The Knuffle Bunny is absolutely adorable! i can not wait to make our own!
Carrie

Brittany said...

I was hoping you would have a pattern for this when I saw it on SYTYC. I am so excited to make it. Thanks so much!

Larissa said...

I LOVED this and totally voted for it. My boys love this book and I can't wait to make one for them. Thanks for the tutorial.

Good luck this week!

Larissa
Just Another Day in Paradise

Meghan said...

Thank you so much for creating this pattern and offering it for free. It's perfect! I've seen commercially-produced Knuffle Bunnies that don't look as much like the real deal! I bought the fabric last night...I'm going to be making one for my daughter's second birthday.

Want to take a stab at a pattern for Pigeon? ;)

lisa said...

Holy cow! I am completely impressed - what a great design you did! I'm so happy I found your pattern because my son now wants his own Knuffle Bunny after reading the story recently - thank you thank you thank you!

Rachel said...

Just found this tutorial through I Am Momma Hear Me Roar. Thank you so much for sharing! My boys love Knuffle Bunny! Now I know just what to make them for Christmas!

Amber said...

this is adorable! i haven't read the book, but my daughter would be thrilled to get the book and bunny as a present. thanks for the tutorial.

lady said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I have 8 months till my son's second birthday, so I might actually be able to get it done in that time.

There is a second book too. It is call "Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity" and it is about the time Trixie brings Knuffle Bunny to school and it gets mixed up with her friend's. Mo actually works into the story that some people say "nuffle" and others say "ka-nuffle".

Kristianna said...

How adorable! I don't know anything about the book but the title reminded me of childhood. "Knuffle" is Dutch for a hug or cuddle. I grew up in Holland.. Now I want to make that adorable little bunny for my daughter to knuffle with. Thanks!

Ruth @ Hammer and Thread said...

I absolutely love this project. I made it for my son and he loves to cuddle it in the car. There is a problem with the main color pattern pieces. I blogged about it here
Thanks so much for posting your pattern, I'm really happy with the finished Knuffle.
Ruth from Hammer & Thread

seaschell said...

Knuffle Bunny is my most favorite picture book! When I saw this on SYTYC I knew I had to make it. Thanks for a great pattern!

Diane said...

Thank you so much for this pattern! I was planning to try to make my own when I found this. I made this for my daughter (who looks a little like Trixie) and her best friend (who looks a little like Sonya). I used fleece instead of flannel and did a tight zig zag around the eyes and pads (instead of a sharpie) and they came out really cute.

Diane said...

Thank you so much for this pattern! I was planning to try to make my own when I found this. I made this for my daughter (who looks a little like Trixie) and her best friend (who looks a little like Sonya). I used fleece instead of flannel and did a tight zig zag around the eyes and pads (instead of a sharpie) and they came out really cute.

Renee said...

Knuffle Bunny is so cute. I made 2 of them for shower gifts and they were a big hit. I am working on a 3rd today for an Easter gift. Thank you so much for the pattern.

Crafty P said...

finally... I made one! thank you soooo very much for the tutorial!

http://christinacostain.blogspot.com/2011/06/about-that-silly-bunny-61011.html

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

Thank you for this pattern! My little girl has recently become obsessed with these books so this would be such a fun birthday gift for her :)

Taylor said...

I am so excited I found this!! before I stayed home I was a teacher and my classes would I've died! But I guess my son will get one now cause I really want to make one! Thanks for the idea!

www.taylormadehome.blogspot.com

Jeannie said...

I love this! I am linking back to you today for Wonderful Wednesday at www.craftybalancing.blogspot.com

Prairie Lily said...

Thank you!
I made a Knuffle Bunny for my toddler and she is thrilled!
I linked to you on my blog as well!
http://littlecraftsontheprairie.blogspot.ca/2012/08/knuffle-bunny.html

sarah said...

hi - just wondering if the pattern linked to incorporates the tweaks that hammer & thread posted about?