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!
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• 1/2 yd. light green flannel
• hand sewing needle
• sewing machine with white thread
• enough batting to stuff bunny
• white rice
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.