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Stitch up some Peeps-style felt bunnies for your Easter tree. Lara Neel | The Journal Gazette
Peeps are a staple at most Easter celebrations, especially for one of my sisters who buys them every chance she can.
So when I saw online that people were making plush Peep bunnies out of different materials, I knew I had to make some out of felt for her Easter tree.
What you need:
•Felt (standard Easter Peep colors are pink, yellow, purple and blue, but I also made orange and green just for fun)
•Bunny template found at www.journalgazette.net/craftyliving
•Embroidery floss (in coordinating colors and brown)
•Needle (I used a sharp-ended chenille needle)
•Fiber filling or felt scraps for stuffing
What you do:
1. Download the pattern for the bunnies and cut it out. The pattern is about life-size to the actual treats.
2. Pin your pattern to two layers of felt and cut out a front and a back.
3. Using the brown floss, make a French knot for the two eyes and nose on only the front layer of your bunny. To make a French knot, bring your floss up through the back of the bunny where you want the eye or nose, wrap the floss around your needle three times, then put the needle through the back, close to where you came up, keeping the tension on the floss as you pull it through. This will then pull your thread through those three loops to create a raised knot. If you want something simpler, just sew a little line for the eyes and nose and tie off on the back.
4. After your eyes and nose are on, put your front and back together again and starting at one bottom edge of either side of the head, begin a blanket stitch to go around the whole bunny. A blanket stitch is where you feed your needle from the back through the two layers of felt at the edge of the bunny, but before you pull the thread all the way through, slip your needle through the loop and then continue from there. This is a way to seal the edges together.
5. When you get around to the other side of the head of the bunny, stuff the head, making sure to get some stuffing in the ears. To cut down on waste, I cut up my felt scraps into small pieces and stuffed with that.
6. Continue around the body of the bunny, making sure to stuff it to your desired fullness before you get too close to finishing.
7. When you meet the point where you started, tie off and tuck the end of the floss between the felt layers.
8. Sew a loop with floss on to the back for hanging.
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