A Cute Little Bunny

First, let me say, I love miniatures. When I was little, one of my favorite dolls was one inch tall. I hand sewed that baby doll about 25 little snugglies, made her a  bed and other furnishings out of matchboxes, and have now passed her down to my daughter (who much prefers larger dolls). This love of miniatures is what first attracted me to Baby Stuff:  Let’s Make Cute Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo!

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The book is written in a graphic novel format, a format that works well given the content and relatively simple instructions. My nine-year old daughter found this format especially engaging: She generally looks at just the pictures in craft books, but she sat down and actually read a good piece of the book, too. Together, we decided to make Little Bunny, but rather than make it from terry cloth as suggested, we chose to use cotton quilting-weight fabric, a decision I am glad we made. With Valentine’s around the corner, my daughter settled on a heart theme and asked if we (meaning I) could make thirteen dolls, one for every girl in her class. I quickly let her know that we were making one Little Bunny, not thirteen.

The instructions were clear and the pattern was already at 100%, so there was no need to enlarge it according to the book.  While I have always considered my hands quite nimble from years of sewing and crafting, I did not feel this way once I started sewing and turning these tiny pieces right side out.  Thank goodness for tweezers and a fruit kebob stick! If I had used the terry cloth as suggested, I don’t think I would have been able to turn the ears, arms, or legs right-side out.

This little guy is so cute that I would like to make it again (though not thirteen more times), especially as a quick gift to stitch up for a new baby or the baby’s siblings.  However, I would definitely enlarge the pattern, probably by 100%, to make it stitch up easier and to use a more generous seam allowance rather than the 3/8″ seam allowance used in the book. I also think if the pattern were larger, a younger person could make it up if they had some sewing experience under their belt.

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