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ITH Bunny Softies

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Materials
  • Small size:
  • 5” x 7” embroidery hoop
  • Body - 2 9” x 7” rectangles main cotton fabric
  • Ears – 4 6” x 4” rectangles main or contrasting fabric
  • Ear Appliques – 2 6” x 3” rectangles of contrasting fabric and Heat N Bond Lite
  • Arms – 4 4 ½” x 3 ½” rectangles of main or contrasting fabric
  • Arm Appliques – 2 2 ½” squares of contrasting fabric and Heat N Bond Lite
  • Legs – 4 4” squares of main or contrasting fabrics.
  • Stomach Applique – 6” x 5” rectangle of contrasting fabric and Heat N Bond Lite
  • Medium size:
  • 6” x 10” embroidery hoop
  • Body - 2 10 ½” x 8” rectangles main cotton fabric
  • Ears – 4 4 ½” x 8” rectangles main or contrasting fabric
  • Ear Appliques – 2 7” x 3” rectangles of contrasting fabric and Heat N Bond Lite
  • Arms – 4 5” x 4” rectangles of main or contrasting fabric
  • Arm Appliques – 2 3” squares of contrasting fabric and Heat N Bond Lite
  • Legs – 4 4” squares of main or contrasting fabrics.
  • Stomach Applique – 6” x 6” rectangle of contrasting fabric and Heat N Bond Lite
  • Large size:
  • 12” x 8” embroidery hoop
  • Body - 2 14” x 10” rectangles main cotton fabric
  • Ears – 4 5 x 10 ½” rectangles main or contrasting fabric
  • Ear Appliques – 2 8” x 3 ½” rectangles of contrasting fabric and Heat N Bond Lite
  • Arms – 4 5” x 6” rectangles of main or contrasting fabric
  • Arm Appliques – 2 4” x 3 ½” rectangles of contrasting fabric and Heat N Bond Lite
  • Legs – 4 5 ½” x 4 ½” rectangles of main or contrasting fabrics.
  • Stomach Applique – 8” x 7” rectangle of contrasting fabric and Heat N Bond Lite
  • All sizes:
  • 3 pieces of no-show stabilizer to fit your hoop
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Tube Turners to turn ears, arms and legs
  • Applique iron
  • Applique scissors
  • Embroidery tape

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    Use a wild range of fabric scraps to make these bunnies fun, funky or fabulous. Time to make does vary based upon size. Even though there are a number of color stops in the designs most of them are for placement stitches and tack downs so you won’t be changing colors 43 times. Even though the design is all in one file you will re-hoop no-show stabilizer 3 times. The ears are sewn in the first hooping, the arms and legs in the second hooping and the pieces are all put together in the third hooping.


    Step 1:
    Cut your fabrics into the required sizes as in the materials list above. Following the manufacturer’s instructions iron the Heat N bond Light to the back of the applique pieces.

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    Step 2:
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    Tautly hoop no-show stabilizer and run CS 1 as a placement line for the first ear.


    Step 3:
    Spray adhesive on an ear rectangle of fabric and place right side up over the placement line. Run CS 2 to tack down the ear. Then run CS 3 as a placement line for the ear applique. You can use the same color thread as your main color thread for the placement line for the applique or use the same thread that you want to tack down the ear applique.

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    Step 4:
    Remove the Heat N Bond paper from an ear applique piece, spray the back with spray adhesive and position over the applique placement line exceeding the placement line by ½” on all sides. Run CS 4 to tack down the applique.

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    Step 5:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not un-hoop, trim the ear applique 1mm to 2mm around the tack down stitches. Press the applique into place. Return the hoop to the machine.

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    Step 6:
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    Align a second rectangle of the ear fabric face down over the stitched ear and run CS 5 to tack it down. 


    Step 7:
    Trim the fabrics on the inside of the ear to ¼” to avoid them getting in the way when you stitch the second ear. Do not cut the stabilizer, just the fabrics.

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    Step 8:
    Stitch the second ear in the hoop using CSs 6 through 10.

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    Step 9:
    Remove the ears from the hoop and trim around with a ¼” seam allowance. Cut straight across the ears at the ends. Clip the seam allowances around the curves at the top of the ears.

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    Step 10:
    Turn the ears right side out using a large tube turner. Smooth out the curves with the stick from the tube turner and press both ears.

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    Step 11:
    Hoop a new sheet of stabilizer in the hoop. Run CS 11 as a placement line for the first leg.

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    Step 12:
    Spray adhesive on one leg fabric and place right side up over the placement lines, place a second leg fabric over the first wrong side up without any spray adhesive. Run CS 12 to stitch the leg together.

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    Step 13:
    Trim the fabrics on the inside edge of the leg to 1/4” and trim the excess fabric from the top of the leg so those fabrics will not be in the way when you stitch the second leg and the arms which will be stitched above the legs.

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    Step 14:
    Use CS 13 and 14 to stitch the second leg in the same manner. You only need to trim away the fabric across the top of the leg.

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    Step 15:
    Run CS 15 as a placement line for the first arm. Spray adhesive on the back of an arm fabric and position right side up over the placement line. Tack down with CS 16.

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    Step 16:
    Run CS 17 as a placement line for the arm applique. Remove the Heat N Bond Lite® paper and spray the back of the applique with adhesive. Position over the placement line and tack down with CS 18. Trim and press the applique.

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    Step 17:
    Place a second arm fabric right side down over the arm and run CS 19 to complete this arm. Trim the fabric on the top of the arm to ¼” to make room for the second arm to be stitched.

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    Step 18:
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    Run CS 19 through 24 to stitch the second arm repeating the instructions in Steps 15 through 17.


    Step 19:
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    Remove the project from the hoop. Trim to ¼” seam allowances around the arms and legs and trim straight across the bottom edges of the arms and legs. Clip the seam allowances around the curves. Turn all right side out and press.
     


    Step 20:
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    Hoop a new sheet of stabilizer and run CS 25 as a placement line for your body fabric.


    Step 21:
    Spray adhesive on the wrong side of body fabric and position over the placement line. Run CS 26 to tack down.

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    Step 22:
    Run CS 27 as a placement line for the stomach applique. Remove the paper backing from the stomach applique fabric and spray with adhesive. Position the applique and tack down with CS 28. Trim the curved part of the stomach applique 1mm to 2mm from the tack down stitches and press the applique.

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    Step 23:
    Switch to black embroidery thread for CS 29 to stitch the eyes and mouth. Switch to pink embroidery thread for CS 30 to stitch the nose.

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    Step 24:
    CS 31 is a placement line for the right arm.

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    Step 25:
    Place an arm, paw side down over the placement line having the raw edges of the arm extend ¼” beyond the body placement line. If you wish you can tape the arm in place of carefully hold it while you run CS 32 to tack it down.

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    Step 26:
    Attach the other arm and the legs in the same way using CS 33 through 38.

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    Step 27:
    The ears are attached the same way with CS 39 through 40. The placement lines and tack down stitches are a little longer than the ends of the ears so that you can give your bunnies a little personality by placing them a little differently on each bunny. However, make sure that the long portions of the ears don’t fall too close to or cross over the original placement lines of the body.

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    Step 28:
    Lay the second body fabric face down over the project. Tape down around the sides to keep it in position. Run the last CS as a final seam for the project.

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    Step 29:
    Remove the project from the hoop. Trim the seam allowance to ¼” around the stitched sections of the bunny, leave ½” seam allowance at the bottom opening. Clip around the curves of the head and trim off the seam allowance off the two corners at the bottom.

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    Step 30:
    Reach inside, grab the ears, and pull the bunny right side out. Run the stick from the tube turner around the inside to push out the seams. Press.

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    Step 31:
    Stuff the bunny firmly. Fold in the opening seam allowances and close with a ladder stitch.

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    Step 32:
    Congratulations your ITH Bunny Softie is complete. Make more! It is a fun way to use up those fabric scraps.

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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