It’s March, and time to start thinking about spring things, like flowers, and bunnies and Easter. I plan to feature all of this and more this season on Crafts ‘n Coffee. To start, I’m sharing a sweet & primitive, Felted Bunny from Rebekah Meier. If you’ve not felted before, you should definitely try making Rebekah’s Felted, Prim Bunny. The bunny is felted with natural bamboo fiberfill instead of wool roving, so it’s a little less intimidating.
You’ll felt the fiberfill onto the foam shapes, which is an easy technique, and takes out a lot of the guesswork. The felting needle has tiny, sharp barbs along the tip. When you push the needle through the fiberfill and into the STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, the barbs pull together the fibers, locking them in place. And that’s all there is to it! Remember that the higher the needle number, the finer the needle, and the smaller the holes you’ll make.
To make a Felted, Prim Bunny, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 3” egg and 1-1/2” ball
- Natural bamboo fiberfill or cream wool roving (Rebekah used Fairfield Nature-fil™ Bamboo Fiber)
- Crinoline or burlap, 6” square
- Cream felt, 6” square
- Embroidery floss in brown
- Button thread in cream
- Buttons, two, ½” in brown
- Twigs and small piece of Spanish moss
- Small black head pins, two
- Vintage lace, 12” length
- Cosmetic blush and Q-tip
- Small wood circle or white poker chip
- Spray stain or light brown spray paint
- Thick white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; felting needle*; embroidery needle; straight pins; round toothpicks
*Caution: Felting needles are extremely sharp! Use with care.
To make a Felted, Prim Bunny:
1. Press the wide end of the egg against a flat surface, flattening it till the egg will stand on its own.
2. Twist the ball together with the narrow end of the egg, creating a tight fit. Insert a toothpick between the pieces, and glue them together.
3. Place a small piece of fiberfill onto the body and felt it to the foam, inserting the needle numerous times through the fiberfill and into the foam until the fiberfill is secure. Repeat, till the body and head are covered.
4. Roll a half dollar size amount of fiberfill into a 2” long log. Wrap the log around the body to form an arm. Temporarily pin in place. Repeat for the second arm. Needle felt the arms in place, and remove the pins.
5. Using the Bunny Ear Pattern, cut two ears from the felt and the crinoline. Glue the crinoline ears to the felt ears. Using the q-tip, lightly brush each ear with blush. Pin ears to the head, and felt in place.
6. Using 3 strands of embroidery floss, back stitch a nose and mouth onto the felt in an area smaller than a pea. Cut out a pea-size circle around the nose/mouth and glue to the face. Blush the bunny’s cheeks.
7. Insert black head pins for eyes.
8. Using an embroidery needle and one strand of button thread, create whiskers by stitching through the nose.
9. Tie vintage lace into a bow, and glue to the bunny’s neck. Insert twigs into bunny’s arm, and add a small bit of moss.
10. Glue wood piece or poker chip to the bottom of bunny to help it stand.
11. To create a primitive appearance, lightly dust the bunny with spray stain or a light brown spray paint. Carefully read the instructions on the can, protect your work surface, and spray the bunny from 18” away.
12. Glue buttons to the center front of bunny.
If you’re intrigued with needle felting, take a closer look at the sweet Felted Easter Chick Rebekah shared last year.
If you’re a fan of Rebekah’s designs (I am!), don’t miss her Springtime Bunny & Chick Candy Jars. Rebekah made these folk-art style jars with paper clay, and again, her step-by-step tutorial makes it easy.
I’m starting to see little footprints in the snow from bunnies and squirrels, and we also saw two robins last weekend. Spring is on its way! Are you seeing signs of spring?