A sewing project?! With CHILDREN?! Argh! I know what you're thinking - 15,000 unthreaded needles, fabric sewn to their school trousers... the nightmare is never-ending. For all of these reasons, you may want to work with small groups. This project is probably best for a craft or sewing after school club, spanning a few weeks.
Turn the sock inside out and cut off the cuff. Lie the sock with the heel in the centre, facing you.
Draw on the feet just above where you cut off the cuff. and sew over through both layers of the sock with a basic running stitch (in and out).
Draw on the ears: 2 parallel straight lines dunning from just above the heel to the toe, about 1-2cm apart. Sew along them through both sides of the sock using running stitch, beginning and ending just as you did before. Sew each line separately, beginning and ending each line.
Cut straight down between the two lines until just above the heel. This will leave a hole where your stitching ends. Use this hole to turn the whole thing inside out, including the ears.
Sew the ears closed. Do this by sewing a running stitch around the base of the ear, sewing through one layer of the sock all the way around. Then, pull the thread and it should gather. Fasten off before sewing the second ear.
Tear the stuffing into tiny pieces. Stuff a little at a time, pushing the stuffing right down to the feet to begin with. When you've finished this step, it should look kinda like a minion!
Make the head: 'strangle' the bunny (feels mean!) to see where you'd like the head. Then, sew in the same way you did for the ears: attach the thread, sew a running stitch all around the body where you'd like the neck, then pull tight and fasten off.
Sewing tip: To hide the end of the thread, push the needle back into the finish point and out of the bunny a couple of inches away. Pull a little and cut the thread. The end will pop inside the bunny.
Close the head with ladder stitch. This is one of my favourite stitches because it's like a magic invisible stitch! Look at the pictures below really closely.
Make the feet. Pinch with your fingers to decide where you want them. Attach the thread on the back, then sew a running stitch straight through the bunny, pulling a little to create the shape. Hide the end of the thread as you did for the head.
Step 9a - optional
Optional: make the sweater. Take another sock. Cut off below the heel (make the cut nearer the toe than the cuff if you'd like a hood. Stretch out a little and slip onto the bunny before moving on to step 10.
Sew the arms in the same way as you did the feet, pinching to test first. Mine are a little wonky, but they usually are!) When you pinch, check that you have enough stuffing in the shoulders. If not, squash it around a bit to rearrange.
Embroider the face. You can do this however you like, but I like to keep it really, really simple. The face, particularly the eyes, can make or break a toy. They can look really creepy! For kids, you could just Sharpie them on if you're losing the will to live by this point, but it really is very simple. All you do is the starting stitch, so going over and over the same spot. I use normal sewing thread (so I don't have to buy embroidery thread) and go over about 8 times. Leave a long 'tail' on your thread at the start and end so it's easy to hide by pushing into the 'eye' and out of the other side, as for the head. I do the same for the nose and then just a couple of lines for the mouth.
Note: Button eyes are the creepiest thing I have ever seen. Seriously. No.
Congratulations! You've made a sock bunny!
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