We’re in the mood for some hopping! So, right after the earlier sock bunny (Baby) sewing fun, we’re going straight to sew sock bunny into another version – the droopy ear sock bunny. You’re going to enjoy this one. I call it the kawaii version, and it’s called Bibi. With droopy ears and somehow, I know it will be a great bunny toy for children, so give it a try!
Look at BiBi – it can sit on its own, looking cute and adorable after hopping around the garden. BiBi loves scampering here and there, hiding behind pretty flowers, and keeping really quiet. Then, jump out when someone passes by, with its paws out and a big grin, showing its two front teeth. It loves to surprise unsuspecting children with a giggle and presenting them with a daisy. Sometimes, you can find it sitting down, covered in the hay after a good roll around.
BiBi is sewed from a single sock, so if you have some socks lying around that you never want to wear again, make many, many BiBis from those and you’ll never have to worry about what to do with them. If you have a pair, make twin BiBis. That’ll look really adorable!
Sew Sock Bunny – BiBi
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I have made quite a lot of sock patterns & tutorials of different sock animals earlier; check out sock monkey, sock kitty, and even sock skeleton for all the fun we can have with stuffed socks. Making BiBi is no different – so if you had fun with all of them, you will definitely enjoy the process to sew sock bunny, BiBi, the droopy ear sock bunny. For one thing, BiBi is different because its ears flopped, so it looks like it is always ready to listen to what you have to say.
You will feel less lonely – on the window sill as a decoration, on your side table beside your children’s bed, or even on the car dashboard – BiBi can keep you company. You can also try making BiBi a bunny sachet like this one here.
Here, the tutorial is a little simplified – for details on each step, you can read sock animal patterns & tutorials for all the specifics, such as how to sew a sock animal, the stuffing, and markings on the socks. Generally, the craft instructions are the same.
Another tip that I find quite important is the stuffing of the socks. I always stuff my sock animal densely so that the shape is easy to manipulate. A pair of blunt point tweezers1 is a good helper in the stuffing. Use the tweezers to grab the poly-filling and push it in. Besides, it is also great for turning small pieces right side out after sewing.
As mentioned in the instructions of all my sock animal patterns and tutorial, be the socks new or used, always pre-washed them before sewing. Since sock animals are usually given to kids, it is still best to keep them safe from harmful chemicals that have been used in the manufacturing process. The sock animals can be wash with mild soap, gentle rinse then dry it under the sunlight for disinfection.
Let’s get ready to sew sock bunny and make many BiBi!
- Sock (crew length, with a folded cuff or with long cuff), 1
- Buttons (as eye) 10mm, black; Or Black Domed Eye Button, 10mm, 2
- Embroidery Floss, Pink
- Ribbon / Lace and some embellishments
- Poly-fill stuffing material
- Sewing machine. You can also hand-sew, if you prefer
- Long Sewing Needle (about 2") and pins
- Water Soluble Fabric Marker
HOW TO SEW DROOPY EARED SOCK BUNNY, BiBi
Gather all the materials and tools listed above. Always pre-washed your socks before sewing them.
Start by carefully unpicking the folded cuff of the socks (from the wrong side). Use scissors or a seam ripper if the cuff is the folded type. Then, turn the sock inside out and iron it flat with the foot facing up.
Draw the sock bunny pattern on it with an erasable fabric marker. From Top to Bottom: Snout, Head, Body, Feet + Tail and Arms
Blue – sewing lines (cut approx. 1/8″ – 1/4″ from sewing line)
Red – cutting lines
Pin the layers and sew (with a sewing machine or by hand, if you prefer). Sew the ears and arms only.
Cut the pattern out from the sock with a minimum 1/8″ seam allowance.
Split the ankle part into half. Draw 3 circles and cut them out.
Turn the sock right side out, face, body, arms.
Stuff ear with poly-fill stuffing material. Only stuff the ends. The area nearer to the head should be lightly stuffed.
Stuff the face and shape it so you have a round face.
Run a round of stitches near to the raw edge, pull the thread to close the opening.
Draw an oval shape at the heel section with an erasable fabric marker, this is the position of the snout.
Slip stitch the cut-out toe portion along with the oval shape. Leave a small opening for stuffing.
Stuff and stitch to close up the opening.
Sketch out the nose on the bunny’s mouth with an erasable fabric marker.
Satin stitch the nose and make a dimple line below it by pulling the embroidery floss to create an indentation on the mouth.
Sew eyes with the buttons.
Flip the ears down and do a few stitches to hold it in position.
Attach Head To Body:
Draw a circle at the bottom of the head. Divide the circle into about 12 equal parts. Draw a line at the body and equally divide the spacing into 12 parts too. Use these markings to slip-stitch the body to the head. They will make sure that the body and head are properly matched.
Now you can stuff the body, feet, arms, and tail. Run your stitches near the raw edge and pull to close the opening.
Feet and tail: use your palms to roll the poly-fill into small, round lumps before wrapping it with the sock. Mark 3 lines on the bunny’s foot. Sew with embroidery floss to shape the toes.
Arms: use slip stitch for the opening (not running stitch).
Sew Arms, Feet, And Tail To Body
Mark arm positions on the sides of the bunny. Slip stitch around the arms to the body.
Mark and slip stitch the feet and tail in place.
You can now decorate your BiBi with your favorite embellishments (sequins, sparkles, etc) - the choice is yours. After decoration, you now have a droopy-eared sock bunny that can sit in your home and be your new friend.
Give BiBi some bunny company at home. Try out these free bunny sewing patterns as well:
Hello, I am BiBi.
TIP: To make the sock bunny sit well, make the bottom heavier. You can add a bean pack by stuffing rice or beads in a small sachet. Insert them into the body before sewing it closed.
You can also add a string on its head to hang it up. To do this, pinch the head and lift it up to find balance. Then, add a string to hang. You can see the relevant photos in my previous sock bunny tutorial.
HOW TO SECURE THE KNOT: Secure the knot by inserting the needle between the 2 threads.
The knot is locked with the sock and it won’t slip away through the knits when you pull the thread during sewing.
WHY DO WE HAVE TO HAND DRAWN PATTERN? Not all socks are the same size, so I can’t provide a standard printable template for this sock animal. The best way to proceed is to sketch out the sewing line by referring to the pictures.
DOLL SIZES: For different sizes of sock animals, use different sizes of socks.
SOCK CHOICE: Socks will be stretched after they are stuffed so thick socks that are close-knit make better quality sock sheep toys.
SEAM ALLOWANCE: Approximately 1/8” or 1/4”.
You need bigger seam allowance for loose-knit and thinner sock materials because they can be ripped off easily
STUFFING: always massage the stuffing to loosen out lumps. Long tubular parts should be rolled with both hands so any lumps will be smooth, and help to make the parts longer and firmer.