Easter Bunny Plushies | Free Crochet Pattern
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This Easter I have something especially sweet for you: Easter Bunny Plushies!
The 2D Pattern Effect
Ever since designing the Bridgette Bunny Pillow last year I have really enjoyed creating pillow-like designs with two panels and 2D features. After the Bridgette pillow I created a Mrs. Tiggy-winkle pillow using the same technique. It is really interesting the thought that goes into thinking how to achieve the look you want from a 2D approach.
With the same technique I designed the Rustic Pumpkin Pillows, which was absolutely the funnest to create. One of the features of this kind of project that I really appreciate is the ability to use a plethora of materials. I love a chance to incorporate different materials into my crochet, thus my fascination with mixed media art.
Though I usually am not a visual crocheter and require a worded pattern instead of graph, I find designing these pillow-like projects with a visual aid so much more helpful. What I normally do is make a quick sketch with my trusty green pen in my pattern idea notebook to round out the idea. Then I grab a pencil and begin making an actual size sketch on a sheet of poster board paper.
Having an actual size sketch to match my progress to is unbelievable beneficial. When I was preparing to crochet the Bridgette Bunny Pillow I began to doubt the efficiency of doing it through trial-and-error and that’s when I got the idea to sketch out the basic form on paper. Of course, at the time I used two pieces of notebook paper. It wasn’t until I began the Mrs. Tiggy-winkle pillow that I sought a larger format and purchased sheets of poster board.
For this design, I wanted to make sure these bunnies were small. The Bridgette bunny ended up a little more elongated than I preferred afterward, so I made sure the initial sketch stayed within a 5 inch square. I kept it small knowing that the finished product would expand. And it did — these bunnies are about 7 inches wide and 7 inches long.
Working the panels might seem a little daunting at first, keeping up with where to increase and where to decrease, but don’t worry. Once you finish the first panel you’ll see that there really isn’t much to it and a panel can be done in less than an hour.
Note on Attaching Embellishments
I use fabric glue in many places that you could sew instead so feel free to use whichever method you prefer. There are a few things I like about using fabric glue in place of stitching. I will have to write a post on the benefits soon.
So get your materials ready and let’s make some bunnies!
Easter Bunny Plushies
Skill level Easy
Finished Size 7” from ears to bottom, and 7” from foot to tail
Medium weight yarn – about 60 yards for body in whatever color you prefer, and a few yards of both pink and white
Crochet hook 7/4.50mm
Small button for eye
Embroidery floss & needle
Pink felt, small amount
Mini pom-pom maker, or kitchen fork
3 sc + 3 rows = 1” square
PANEL (make 2)
Row 1: ch 19, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across: 18 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last sc, 2 sc in last sc: 18 sc
Row 3: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 18 sc
Row 4: ch 1, turn, skip first sc, sc to last sc, 2 sc in last sc: 18 sc
Row 5 – 6: ch 1, turn, sc across: 18 sc
Row 7: ch 1, turn, sc to last sc, 2 sc in last sc: 19 sc
Row 8: ch 1, turn, sc across: 19 sc
Row 9: ch 1, turn, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 18 sc
Row 10: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 16 sc
Row 11: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last sc, 3 sc in last sc: 17 sc
Row 12: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 17 sc
Row 13: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc to last sc, 2 sc in last sc: 19 sc
Row 14: ch 2, turn, sc in next 9 sc, sl st in next sc, sc in next 7 sc, skip next sc, sl st in last sc: 18 sts
Row 15: ch 1, turn, skip first st, sc2tog, hdc in next 3 sts, sl st in next st, skip next st, (sl st, ch 1, sc) in next st, sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog: 15sts
Row 16: ch 1, turn, sc in next 8 sts, sl st in last st: 8 sc
Row 17: ch 1, turn, skip next sl st, sc to alst 2 sts, sc2tog: 7 sc
Row 18: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sts, sc2tog: 5 sc
Row 19: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in last st: 4 sts
Row 20: ch 1, turn, skip next st, sl st in next 2 sts, sc in last st, sc down side of next 3 rows: 6 sts
Row 21: ch 1, turn, sc in next 4 sts: 4 sc
Row 22: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc to last sc, 2 sc in last sc: 6 sc
Row 23: ch 1, turn, sc across: 6 sc
Row 24: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 4 sc
Row 25: ch 1, turn, dc2tog, ch 2, sl st in next st, dc2tog in same st as last and next st, ch 2, sl st in same st as last: 4 sts
Note: you can add the eye now to the front panel if you want to sew it on, and the felt ear patch if you want to hide the embroidery stitches I describe later on. Otherwise, follow instructions as given.
Hold both panels together and place a few stitch markers through both layers here and there to keep them together when you join them. Begin single crocheting both panels together with the front facing you, from the bottom right side. Work a slip stitch in indentions at the neck.
Once you reach the middle of both ears, surface crochet down between them about 6 or so stitches and then turn and surface crochet back up to the same spot as you went in. Continue single crocheting around second ear and all the way down to the very bottom left side. Leave bottom open for stuffing.
Massage clumps of fiberfill into small patties and begin filling bunny by filling the head first. Stuff it pretty full and tight, though be careful not to overstuff and expand the stitches too much.
Once the bunny is stuffed to your liking, finish single crocheting the bunny closed.
With a small amount of pink yarn and your yarn needle, make a few stitches around the nose area of the head.
Draw a teardrop on paper using the shape of your thumb and bringing the lower part to a point. Cut out the teardrop and use it as a template for the ear.
Round the end of your felt teardrop if too pointed and glue it to the front ear of the bunny. I recommend putting the glue around the border of the teardrop so that you won’t have to push the needle for the stitching through the glue later on.
Glue the button to the face just a little up and over from the nose. Let all the glue dry completely at this point.
Once the glue on the ear has dried completely, make a few stitches with an embroidery needle and pink floss through the center. If your needle isn’t quite as sharp, and you find it hard to push it through the felt, use a sewing needle to make a hole and then make your stitch.
With white yarn, make a mini pom-pom and sew to the back of the bunny.
You can use a mini pom-pom maker, or you can use a kitchen fork. Add a dab of glue to the pom where it meets the bunny for added support.
With about 8 inches of ribbon, tie a bow and glue it to the neck of the bunny. I used some Easter printed ribbon that was one-sided so I found a tutorial on how to tie a bow so that all the printing is on one side.
And that’s it! What do you think of my bunnies?! I plan to give these to my little niece and two nephews for Easter but might end up making even more for other little one’s I know.
This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.