Working on ‘cute’ projects make me smile too. Who could resist making the kawaii bunny pouch from the ever popular Zakka Sewing book? Take a look at the craftzine.com site for an authorized release of the bunny pattern and instructions here.
It only took me 5 tries to get it right. I am a beginner at sewing so this project was a bit more than my skill level. But it’s so cute, I had to keep trying.
Here’s my first try…the pattern was too small and I had trouble sewing the curves ... LOL ... what the hell is this?
Here’s another try… I think I see a bunny being born!
I searched the internet for HELLLLP , finding only a couple of bloggers with pics of their pouches. … sigh.
But be patient my little grasshopper, for as a caterpillar evolves into a butterfly so does the bunny (huh?)
And here she is...ahhhh..finally
And here are my pattern notes to hopefully save you a bit of grief :
- Scan page into Photoshop Elements/Photoshop/Similar Programs
- Crop page down to pattern
- Double size of pattern
- Add to width, about an inch
- Save “Pattern”
- Crop body, flip horizontally, do a save as (Once you double the size of the pattern, the body/lining/ear will no longer fit on an 8 ½” x 11” sheet)
- Go back to “Pattern” and crop lining, flip horizontally, do a save as
- Go back to “Pattern” and crop ears, do a save as
- Note: I wish I could share my set but there are copyright issues with doing that : at least I think there are and better safe than sorry.
- But here are: Dimensions for My Final Resized Pattern: Please use measurements as a general guide since the 'iffy' part depends on how much you crop the initial pattern : Body Size (5.767 width x 10.247 height), Lining (4.47 width x 9.937 height), Ear (2.797 width x 6.437 height)
Sewing Curvy Curves
- Print another set of pattern for body, lining, and ears (see pic below)
- Cut down to seam line
- Use this set to trace sewing lines onto fabric/interfacing
- Machine sew zipper. Hand sew body following drawn on sewing lines. (but if you're more an experienced sewing person then you go ahead and machine sew the entire bunny)
- Note: This step was the key in getting the curves right
Etc Etc Etc
- Used interfacing instead of batting
- 2 strands of embroidery thread for attaching ears with a blanket stitch
I plan on making more of these guys now that I have the hang of it. Thank you Zakka Sewing people.