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Scrap Bunnies, How to Make Adorable Stuffed Bunnies Out of Socks and Craft Scraps.

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This craft was inspired by an adorable sock bunny my grandmother made me when I was a baby. It's been a treasured toy for years and now I'm making new ones for the wonderful kids in my life. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do. If you happen to like any of the scrap bunnies featured in this hub be sure to check out my Etsy Shop, MamaKimsCrafts.

You will need...

1 or two socks, if you want your bunny to have arms you will need either a really long sock such as knee high or scraps of a second sock.

Scissors

Thread in the same color of sock

Sewing needle

Polyester stuffing

Any leftover craft supplies, such as buttons, beads, ribbon, yarn, fabric....

Your imagination


  • Center the heal of the sock and make a cut from the center of the toe end to just before the heal starts.
  • Turn the sock inside out and sew to top and bottom part of the sock together all along where you cut. This will be the bunny's ears and top of it's head. You could do this part with a sewing machine but I find hand sewing is very relaxing and easily done while watching TV.
  • Turn the sock right side out and tie a string around the base of each ear. The front of the bunny is where the heel is. It creates a great ear effect if you have the ear fold into itself as you pull the string tight. Snip the excess thread.
  • Use your stuffing to fill the head of the bunny. You want to stuff it enough so that the entire heal of the sock is filled so there's no bagginess.
  • Continue to fill the sock to your desired chubbiness leaving about a half inch of sock at the bottom with no stuffing. If you're using a very long sock cut off the excess leaving a half inch unstuffed to make your closure.
  • Use tread to make the neck indention. Simply tie around where you want the neck to be as tight as you can, making a few simple knots to keep it from coming loose. Make sure you knot it in back and cut the excess thread.
  • Add thread to your needle again and make put it through the sock close to the edge of the opening. To secure it put the needle between the two thread just before the knot at the end of the string as shown in the picture to the right.
  • Continue around the sock simply going in and out with your needle and thread.
  • Once you've weaved the thread all the way around you can pull the string tight forcing the sock to close. Be sure to push the edge of the sock inside the bunny before pulling it closed all the way.
  • Hold it tight and sew a few stitches into the closure for good measure and knot it closed. Cut your excess thread.
  • You know have a completed bunny body. Continue to make the optional arms.
  • Use a matching sock or the cut excess if you're using a really long sock to make the adorable bunny hands.
  • Always make longer arms than you think you will need. You can always cut them shorter later.
  • Take a square or rectangle of sock and fold in half long ways. From the fold make a rounded cut only to the width you want the arm (the arm with expand when stuffed so make a little thinner than you want the final arm to be) then cut strait and parallel to the fold all the way down.
    Use the picture to the right as a guide.
  • Fold the arm so the sock fabric is inside out and sew it together starting from the fold and continuing along the curved cut and down the strait cut side, leaving the very being the only opening.
  • Turn the sock right side out. This is made slightly easier with the help of any long slender object such as a pencil, chopstick or crochet hook.
  • Use your stuffing to fill the arm to your desired fullness. Make sure to only stuff the ends where the arm will be exposed.
  • If you're going to make clothes for your bunny I find it easier to sew the arms on after the body of the garment has been added. Sew on where you like and cut off any length of arm at the opening end to make it shorter.

Use your imagination and scraps to make this bunny fantastic!!

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Please remember that if you use any small pieces that can come loose such as beads or buttons they can be a choking hazard for the little one under 3 years of age.

Comments

Sasha Kim (author) on October 15, 2014:

Thank you so much Kerlund ^_^ I gave that particular one to my niece, but I plan on making more bunnies and selling them on my etsy shop starting a few months before Easter.

kerlund74 from Sweden on March 13, 2014:

Wonderful, amazing bunnies! This is a great tips. I love the one with purple face and skirt, her nose is a small flower. Voted and pinned!

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 10, 2013:

Very cute! I especially love the little bunny ballerina. Voted up and more.

moonlake from America on June 10, 2013:

How cute. Great instructions. He's such a happy looking bunny. Voted up and shared.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 06, 2013:

Very creative and beautiful. Love your bunny. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

ignugent17 on April 25, 2013:

Looks so cute. You are very creative. Thanks for sharing your ideas. :-)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 21, 2013:

These certainly are adorable and remind me of some of my favorite childhood toys. These would make great gifts! I will keep this for future reference. I plan to give it as a baby gift for my next expectant friend!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on April 05, 2013:

Beautiful! You are indeed very creative Mama Kim. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared;-)

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Amber, I can just imagine a little chubby baby chewing on an ear of one of these ^_^ I would love to see a hub featuring your photography. Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

Amber522 on March 27, 2013:

These are so cute! I have recently picked up a new hobby with photography. I am always looking for ways that I can make my own, inexpensive props. These would look great in Easter pictures. Thanks for sharing this cute idea. I love it!

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Girishpuri, thank you ^_^ I'm so happy to hear your daughter likes these!

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Faith, Thank you very much for your wonderful support! I do hope you and your grandchildren enjoy ^_^

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Thank you Mr-Veg! I appreciate your support!! ^_^ Who knew the humble sock could be so cuddly.

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Thank you Silver fish, I appreciate your vote ^_^

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Rebecca, Thank you!! I really appreciate your kind comment and support ^_^

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Ishwaryaa, You have made my day ^_^ thank you so much for your amazingly kind words and support!! I did make my first sale on Etsy today... ^_^ Happy easter to you too my friend!

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Anamika, thank you very much!! ^_^

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Thank you very much Rajan ^_^ I always look forward to your comments.

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Careermommy, Thank you so much ^_^ You chose my husband's favorite. I hope you and your kids enjoy your scrap bunnies!

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Thank you Gypsy!!

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Thank you so much Patty! I really appreciate your comment and votes ^_^ I do hope you enjoy making one (or a few) for you and your loved ones!

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

RT, Thank you very much ^_^ My kids sure love these... and my husband has even claimed one, lol. The ballerina one is a favorite of mine too.

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Thank you teaches ^_^ I adore your comment!

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on March 27, 2013:

Very useful use of old socks. my daughter like your idea, thank you so much.

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Thank you so much Alicia!!! She's my favorite too ^_^ I would love to see the wonderful bunnies you create!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 27, 2013:

Oh, how very adorable!!! I must do this with my grands! They would love this.

Thanks for sharing. Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Celeste, Thank you so much for your great comment and support! My husband loves that one so much he took it for himself so I wont sell it, lol ^_^

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Thank you kidscrafts! I have to mention though that the ones I sell are all new socks ^_^ but I did make a couple from old sock for my own kiddos.

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

MsDora, the sock in the first picture is dressed as a ballerina ^_^ Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and vote!

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Bill, with you always finding ways to make a difference I would figure you'd make them and give them to underprivileged or foster kids. ^_^ I do hope you get a grandchild though.... I hear there's not much better ^_^ Thanks for stopping in!

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Carol, Thank you!! An artsy gal like you would make great scrap bunnies ^_^ I appreciate the support!

Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Thank you Mhatter ^_^

mr-veg from Colorado United States on March 27, 2013:

wow, Socks to a bunny, very creative Kim, voted up and shared !!

Silver Fish from Edinburgh Scotland on March 27, 2013:

Adorable, lovely hub, voted up!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 27, 2013:

Wow, the sock bunny is really cute! Your directions are really clear, too. Shared! And all votes up.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on March 27, 2013:

Wow! Double wow! Triple wow! This should be the Hub of the Day! You are indeed very creative!

Good to know that you have your own Etsy store and I am very sure that you created a success story. With your detailed instructions and handy step-by-step photos, this engaging hub comes in handy for many who are craft-enthusiasts.

I find it hard to select which I like the most...well, I like the second and eighth photos the best. The others are also adorable. Way to go!

Happy Easter in advance!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on March 27, 2013:

Awesome Craft Mama Kim! The Bunnies are adorable.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 27, 2013:

Wow Sasha! You are a master at these beautiful crafts. Voted all the way up and shared.

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on March 26, 2013:

Mama Kim 8, I like the cool bunny, with the black shades. I'm getting such great craft ideas. This is another project I will add to my kids' to-do list. Thank you for these great memory-making ideas.

Gypsy48 on March 26, 2013:

Those bunnies are so cute. What a crafty and fun idea. Voted up and useful.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 26, 2013:

This is a totally delightful craft to do and for anyone to keep. Easy, simple materials, and hand sewing. Rated Up and all across the board. I have to try this one soon. Thanks!

RTalloni on March 25, 2013:

Such a cute craft that little ones would love to play with, and you've got some imaginative examples here. I would have to vote for your ballerina and the retro looking blue with pink and yellow hearts in its fashionable little pink sweater.

Dianna Mendez on March 25, 2013:

I love this post! How adorable! If I had the time I would attempt some of these. Thanks for the suggestions. I am sure many will "hop" to this idea.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 25, 2013:

Your bunnies are wonderful, Sasha! They are so colorful and creative. What a great craft. I'm going to create my own scrap bunny. I have little interest in machine sewing, but I love knitting and enjoy hand sewing. Thank you very much for the instructions. My favorite bunny is the first one in your thumbnail photos. She has such a lovely skirt and is so cute!

Celeste Wilson on March 25, 2013:

Oh my goodness, I was trying so hard to pick a favorite but I just can't! They are all so beautiful. I think I might just go with the bunny with black eyes that look like 'cool shades' with his little black bow tie. Just maybe. Voted Awesome and pinning this one.

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on March 25, 2013:

Very cute.... and very good use for an old socks! A lovely way to have a second life :-)

Voted up and awesome!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 25, 2013:

I couldn't see the sock in the first picture. This is absolutely magical. Thanks for sharing! Voted Up.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 25, 2013:

They really are adorable. I don't have anyone to make these for or I would try. I'll hold onto this and bookmark it just in case I finally have a grandchild.

carol stanley from Arizona on March 25, 2013:

These are very cute and your instructions make it easy to follow. Great job Voting up and pinning.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on March 25, 2013:

How clever. Thank you.

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