How to make felt Bunny Peeps

Using Dana's pattern, I began by adding a light stuffing to her peeps so they were a bit stiffer. They looked great in my "candy dish" but I carried it a bit beyond when I added a narrow gusset between the 2 layers of felt to give the peeps more dimension.

How to make felt Bunny Peeps

What you need

9x12" felt rectangle in Peeps colors
Polyfil stuffing
Dark brown acrylic paint
Pattern
Needle, matching thread & sewing pins.
Scissors
Disappearing marker
Pencil with an eraser
Fabric Glitter Spray (I used Tulip brand) Optional




Instructions

This peeps project idea was inspired by Dana Willard

Cut 2 strips, each about 3/4″ wide from one narrow (9″) end of the felt.

Cut 2 pieces from the pattern & mark the center bottom.

Stitch the 2 strips together on one end & press the seam open with you fingers.

Match the seam, right sides together, to the point between the bunny’s ears & stitch to secure.

Align the strip with the bunny edge & stitch half way around ending at the center bottom using a very narrow seam—no more than 1/8″.

Return to the beginning & stitch the other half from the ear to the center bottom. This method keeps the seams even at the top & bottom. Join the 2 strips where they meet & trim the excess.

Turn the seam to the inside.

Pin the back piece to the gusset strip, aligning the edges & matching the center bottom.

Stitch the seam leaving an opening to stuff it. The back seam will remain exposed.

Stuff lightly & stitch the opening.

Dip the eraser on the pencil into a bit of the brown paint & place a dot on the bunny for each eye & the nose. Allow this to dry.

If desired, spray with fabric glitter to give your peep a sugary appearance.

Original idea source & Pattern

I want everyone to know that this isn’t my original  Credit for that goes to Dana Willard. I merely fell in love with her Bunny peeps banner & took it in a different direction. Using her pattern, I began by adding a light stuffing to her peeps so they were a bit stiffer. They looked great in my “candy dish” but I carried it a bit beyond when I added a narrow gusset between the 2 layers of felt to give the peeps more dimension. Also, where Dana sewed her Peeps by machine, I prefer stitching mine by hand. The pattern measures about 5″ tall & the finished bunny is about 4.5″ tall.


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