Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Whim & Sie - Funny Little Bunnies


I do a lot of surfing when gathering inspiration.  Mostly ceramic and fimo type sites - but occasionally I venture over to sewing and embroidery websites.
It was several months ago that I can across an oddly shaped 'Funny Bunny' made from cloth and sewn together with over emphasized and elongated ears and tiny little body on which these ears sat.

So impressed I was with them, that I actually saved the photo and decided that I would make something similar for my daughter's classroom (for Easter)
They proved to be a bit more challenging than I originally thought.

So with that in mind, I introduce you to Whim and Sie.


Now, in my opinion, the hardest part of this project is NOT over-stuffing the body.  The body will be bent in half and sewn together to form legs - so if you stuff too much, it's going to be hard to get bunny to 1. set level and 2. not look like a 'blob' with ears. 
If there is an easier way to explain this pattern - it is escaping me, as I originally had all pieces of this written up last night, but felt as if it was still lacking in exact explanations.

 On to the pattern.

Pattern:
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Materials Used in Model:
Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in White, Baby Pink and Cornmeal
poly-fil fiberfill
Size US F5/3.75mm crochet hook
2- 6mm black plastic beads (lg eyes) 2- 4mm black plastic beads (sm eyes)
Crochet Needle for sewing
Long Straight Pins to position before sewing


Whim: (Larger Bunny)
Head: Make 1
The head is made by one rnd becoming 2 separate rounds - these will be labeled in the Rnds as "a" and "b" (Ie: Rnd 3a:  sc in ea st around = xx sts)

with Cornmeal:
chain 6,
Inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, 4 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st (14 sts)
___ Rnd 2: hdc-Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, hdc-Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, hdc-Inc in nxt st  (18 sts)
___ Rnds 3-6: sc in ea st around  (18 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 7a: sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, skip nxt 12 sts, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts *ear made*  (6 sts)
___ Rnds 8a-19a: sc in ea st around  (6 sts/ea rnd)
Finish off, leaving about 12 inches of yarn tail to sew.  Stuff ear ever so slightly, just enough to maintain the shape and close rnd and make 'tail' available for sewing by weaving in and out of loops in BLO (this creates the 'flat' at the end of ear) and bringing the tail through the center and out the bottom of the ear stem and out through back of head (close to bottom or where you will want to attach head to body).

Continuing from Rnd 6 -

___ Rnd 7b: skp nxt 3 sts from last st on rnd 6, join with sc in 4th st, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts   *ear made*  (6 sts)
___ Rnds 8b-19b: sc in ea st around  (6 sts/ea rnd)
Finish off, leaving about 12 inches of yarn tail to sew.  Stuff ear ever so slightly, just enough to maintain the shape and close rnd and make 'tail' available for sewing by weaving in and out of loops in BLO (this creates the 'flat' at the end of ear) and bringing the tail through the center and out the bottom of the ear stem. With tail, and in FLO, whipstitch the open 3 sts between the ears closed.  Finish with tail and bury end inside head.

Body: Make 1
The body is made by one rnd being separated by folding in half then stitched together to represent the appearance of legs.

with Cornmeal:
chain 9,
Inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, 4 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Inc in nxt st (20 sts)
___ Rnds 2-15: sc in ea st around  (20 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 16: Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts tog, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog  (16 sts)
Finish off leaving about 12 inches of tail for sewing.  Stuff pocket - DO NOT OVER STUFF  (fold in half before sewing open end closed to gauge stuffing)
With whipstitch, sew opening closed using the FLO - fold in half and insert needle into about the 4th rnds of both front and back - sewing the piece on itself and creating the appearance of front and back legs.  Make several passes if needed to create the look which is pleasing to you or to tighten.
Pushing on bottom and sides, shape piece so that it has a flat base enabling it to stand on it's own.

Tail: Make 1
Chain 3,
In 3rd chain from hook make a bobble st.
** Bobble stitch is basically a group of double crochets in the same st-joined together.
Yarn Over, insert hook into st, Yarn Over, pull up a loop, Yarn Over, pull through two loops, (Yarn Over, insert hook in same st, Yarn Over, pull up a loop, Yarn Over, pull through two loops) 3 times, Yarn Over,and draw through all loops on hook - finish off and sew to backside.

Pin Head to body and step back . . . .     :)
Make sure that the head and it's weight is in a position that will not topple the little thing over.. that would be bad! 
Once you have the head in a good position, mark where you'd like to see the eyes of your bunny - either embroider or place 6 mm bead eyes in at this point then sew head to body and smile :)  You're all done..

umm.. except, now you have to make a Sie..
(same principals.. smaller version :)
 Now that you have an understanding of how the pattern works - the same techniques will apply in the nxt source of information

Sie: (Smaller Bunny)
Head: Make 1

with Baby Pink :
chain 3,
Inc in 2nd ch from hook, 4 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), Inc in nxt st (8 sts)
___ Rnd 2: Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st , sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice (16 sts)
___ Rnd 4: sc in ea st around  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 5: [ Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts] twice  (14 sts)

___ Rnd 6a: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, skip nxt 9 sts, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts *ear made*  (5 sts)
___ Rnds 7a-12a: sc in ea st around  (5 sts/ea rnd)
Finish off, leaving yarn tail for sewing.  Stuff ear ever so slightly.

Continuing from Rnd 6 -

___ Rnd 6b: skp nxt 2 sts from last st on rnd 6, join with sc in 3rd st, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts   *ear made*  (5 sts)
___ Rnds 7b-12b: sc in ea st around  (5 sts/ea rnd)
Finish off, in the same manner as you finished off second ear of larger bunny.

Body: Make 1

with Baby Pink:
chain 5,
Inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, 4 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st (12 sts)
___ Rnds 2-14: sc in ea st around  (12 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 16: Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts tog, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog  (8 sts)
Finish off leaving about 12 inches of tail for sewing.  Stuff pocket - DO NOT OVER STUFF  (fold in half before sewing open end closed to gauge stuffing)
With whipstitch, sew opening closed using the FLO - fold in half and insert needle into about the 4th rnds of both front and back - sewing the piece on itself and creating the appearance of front and back legs.  Make several passes if needed to create the look which is pleasing to you or to tighten.
Pushing on bottom and sides, shape piece so that it has a flat base enabling it to stand on it's own.

Tail: Make 1
Chain 3,
In 3rd chain from hook make a bobble st.
** Bobble stitch is basically a group of double crochets in the same st-joined together.
Yarn Over, insert hook into st, Yarn Over, pull up a loop, Yarn Over, pull through two loops, (Yarn Over, insert hook in same st, Yarn Over, pull up a loop, Yarn Over, pull through two loops) 2 times, Yarn Over,and draw through all loops on hook - finish off and sew to backside.





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