Bunnies are so cute! And now that I’ve made a bunch of sock monkeys, I decided to sew a new sock animal – the sock bunny stuffed animal. I really hope you will like Baby, the sock bunny.
This time of the year is the easter bunny-hopping time and it’s so good to see them hopping around all over the place. Baby is one of them. With its ears sticking out of its head and big eyes staring at you, the sock bunny is a fun bunny to have as a company.
Sock Bunny -Free Sewing Pattern
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Baby is 7” tall, has a twitchy nose, and loves to sit quietly in a corner, dreaming pretty dreams. Sometimes, you don’t even know that it’s there until you feel someone smiling at you and look around to see …. Baby! There is nothing it likes better than to be cuddled and to cuddle back, which makes this bunny a perfect home companion.
Baby’s normal routine is to wake up early, look out the window at the rest of the world outside while dreaming of bouncing from cloud to cloud in the sky. When it’s time to eat, Baby hangs on to its carrot and lazes around, munching it non-stop. It’s so cute when it does that, all you want to do is look at it the whole day.
Sometimes, Baby hangs out with its friends, who come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Yes, Baby has a colorful gang of friends, they love to just sit around and enjoy the breeze while hanging on to a felt carrot. This is why you can find them gathered altogether on the window sill or at the top of your bed, in their different colors. They make a really happy picture of friendship.
Bring Baby (and friends) into your home by sewing them from socks you may not need anymore. This bunny sewing pattern is great because you don’t need a pair, you only need 1 sock! So, if you have a sock that is missing the other side, have fun with it and sew a Baby. Make Baby’s friends from all the leftover socks you don’t want anymore, and soon you’ll have a whole army of sock bunnies as friends. You can sew from all kinds of sock sizes and designs so each bunny looks different.
Baby Sock Bunny Loves Friends & Carrot
Making Baby is also like taking care of the environment. By sewing Baby and friends from leftover socks, you are upcycling – making something new and valuable from a used item. Instead of throwing out good socks that are no longer needed or too tight, sew them into a really adorable sock bunny. Expand your craft world and save the environment, yay!
To make Baby sits on its own, add beads or rice grains to the bottom so it’s heavier. Put the rice or beads in a small sachet and insert it into the body. Don’t forget to sew the sachet so the little grains don’t spill out. Sew the sock up and Baby can now well. It can also be hung – pinch the head and lift it up to find the balancing point, then attach a string.
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.
Here’s the carrot for Baby to hold.
- Sock (crew length, with a folded cuff or with long cuff), 1
- Domed Button (as eye) 10mm, black, 2
- Embroidery Floss, Blue / Pink
- Ribbon, Blue / Pink
- Poly-fill stuffing material
- Sewing machine. You can also hand-sew, if you prefer
- Long Sewing Needle (about 2") and pins
- Water Erasable Fabric Marker
HOW TO SEW BABY SOCK BUNNY
- PREPARATION & DRAW:
1. Gather all the materials and tools listed above.
2. Carefully unpick the folded cuff at the wrong side with scissors or seam ripper.
3. Turn to the wrong side and iron the sock flat with the foot facing up.
4. Draw the sock bunny pattern on the sock with a water erasable fabric marker.
- SEW & CUT:
1. Pin the layers and sew with a sewing machine or hand. Sew ears and arms only.
2. Cut the pattern out from the sock with a minimum 1/8″ seam allowance.
3. Split the toe part into half.
4. Draw 2 circles and cut them out.
1. Turn the sock right side out, face, body, arms, feet, and tail.
2. Stuff ear with poly-fill stuffing material. Only stuff the end and leave the area near to the head lightly stuff.
3. Stuff the face too, shape it such that the heel of the sock becomes the mouth of the bunny.
4. Run a round of stitches near to the raw edge, put to close the opening.
Use a water erasable fabric marker, sketch nose, and mouth on bunny’s face.
Satin stitch the nose and brunch stitch the mouth with 6 strands embroidery floss.
1. Mark the eyes position by projecting a line horizontally from the toe side, intersects with a line from another point of the seam line of the toe.
2. Sew a black shank button to the marking.
3. Make a few stitches so that it is securely fastened on the sock.
4. Bring the needle to the other point via the stuffing, pull tight to “sink” the eye into the face. Knot the thread on the marking before sewing the second eye.
Attach Body to Head:
1. Draw a circle at the bottom of the face. Divide the circle equally into about 12 parts.
2. Draw a line at the body and equally divide the spacing into 12 parts too.
3. Slipstitch the body to the face follows the markings.
4. The markings will make sure that the body and head are properly matched.
Stuff up the body, feet, arms, and tail. Run stitches near the raw edge, pull to close the opening.
For feet and tail, roll the poly-fill on your palms to make it round and small before wrapping it with the sock.
For the arm, slip stitch the opening instead of running stitch.
Feet, Arms & Tail:
Mark 3 lines on the bunny’s foot. Sew with embroidery floss to shape the foot.
1. Mark arm position on the side of the bunny.
2. Slip stitch around the arm to the body.
3. Mark and slip stitch the tail in place.
4. Repeat the same to the feet.
Sew Feet, Arms, and Tail to the Sock Bunny:
Make a few stitches to tight the ears together.
Put on a ribbon bow at the side of the ear.
You may add a string on the top of the sock bunny to become a hanging toy. Or, add jingle bell into the sock bunny to turn it into a baby rattle.
Now you’re all done. Sock Bunny Baby is ready for your cuddles and hugs. Don’t forget to look for all your other socks so Baby has friends! If you want a bunny on your head, try this.
Having fun? Try another free bunny sewing patterns here.
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.