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How-Tuesday: Bunny Bowling with thelongthread

Apr 14, 2009

by thelongthread handmade and vintage goods

Easter may have come and gone, but we’re full of bunny love year round! Download the pattern and complete project instructions here, or follow along below, courtesy of Ellen from


  • Cotton, twill or canvas, 11″ x 11″ per bunny
  • Contrasting fabric for ears
  • Fusible interfacing, 1/4 yard
  • Fabric Marker
  • Matching thread
  • Embroidery hoop (5″ or smaller)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Polyfill or other stuffing material
  • Funnel
  • Rice, 1/2 cup per bunny
  • Wooden ball

Step 1: PREPARE FABRIC. Wash, dry, press all fabric.

Step 2: EMBROIDER FACE. Cut one 5 1/2″ x 11″ piece of fabric for each bunny you are making. Mark 9″ up from the bottom in the center of the fabric and use a fabric marker to draw the face. Place the fabric in a small embroidery hoop and sew the face. Note: You may also choose to sew the face on after the bunny is completed.

Step 3: CUT FABRIC. Cut out paper templates. Fold over fabric front with embroidered face lengthwise, aligning bowling pin template with the bottom edge of the fabric. Be sure to place embroidered face in desired spot and cut shape. Cut backs of bunnies from remaining fabric, cutting along the fold again. Cut ear fronts from contrasting fabric and ear backs from solid fabric.

Step 4: SEW BUNNY EARS. Iron fusible interfacing onto back side of bunny ear. Place ear pieces right sides out using a blunt tool. Fold corners over towards contrasting fabric and sew 1/4″ from bottom to create crease in ears. Press flat.

Step 5: SEW BUNNY. Place ears upside down and right sides facing up on right side of bunny back side. Fold ears and pin them in place, making sure that they are pinned out of the way of the seam allowance. Pin bunny back to front, right sides together. With a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew along outside edges and 1″ into either side along the bottom. Reinforce with an overcasting stitch, making sure all seams are secure.

Step 6: MAKE PLEATS IN BOTTOM. Pull fabric at corners to form a right angle in the opposite direction of the stitching. Press flat. Mark a line 3/4″ from the tip of the seam and sew along this line. Trim excess fabric and reinforce with and overcasting stitch. Turn bunny right sides out.

Step 7: STUFF BUNNY. Using funnel, stuff 3/4 full with polyfill or other stuffing. Pack stuffing in tightly using the closed tip of scissors or other blunt object. Using the funnel, fill the remaining space with approximately 1/2 cup of rice.

Your roll, bunny-lovers! See a compilation of how-tos from thelongthread here.

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  • MyissaG

    MyissaG said 12 years ago

    Too cute!

  • jessjamesjake

    jessjamesjake said 12 years ago


  • Tumus

    Tumus said 12 years ago

    Those looks like fun! I should make some for my niece and nephew ^_^

  • curlyfrysc

    curlyfrysc said 12 years ago

    Oh! That is so adorable!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 12 years ago

    lovely! nice to see StarGlow's beautiful work here I have rabbits too and baby hares :)

  • ScottieinaCanoe

    ScottieinaCanoe said 12 years ago

    Those bunnies are BEYOND CUTE :)

  • baublegarden

    baublegarden said 12 years ago

    Thank you! These are great. perfect gift for kids.

  • pouch

    pouch said 12 years ago


  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 12 years ago

    Wow. Cute.

  • travellingcircus

    travellingcircus said 12 years ago

    Those are the cutest bunnies ever!

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 12 years ago

    these are adorable!!

  • deelind

    deelind said 12 years ago

    cute, cute, cute.

  • artfulife

    artfulife said 12 years ago


  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 12 years ago

    love this!!! too cute!

  • FancifulForm

    FancifulForm said 12 years ago

    So cute!

  • PalominoMorgan

    PalominoMorgan said 12 years ago

    Love bowling bunnies!

  • MissMinoes

    MissMinoes said 12 years ago

    Sweeeeet =^x^=

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 12 years ago

    such a lovely bunny

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 12 years ago

    so cute~~~~~~~~~~~ Love it

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 12 years ago

    Sweet Sweet Sweet*_*

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 12 years ago

    I love them so much!!!!

  • adoreneko

    adoreneko said 12 years ago

    Thanks for the how-to. Those bunnies are cute and fun at the same time!

  • FlanneryO

    FlanneryO said 12 years ago

    Look through her other tutorials for the crooked coasters! I can't wait to make some myself...

  • sandali

    sandali said 12 years ago

    I absolutely LOVE these 'How - Tuesday's' -- always gets me in the mood to try new & fun stuff -- Happy Days ;)

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 12 years ago

    I want to bunny bowl! Too bad I don't have a sewing machine.

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 12 years ago

    What an adorable project!

  • studio71design

    studio71design said 12 years ago


  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 12 years ago

    Hee hee! This looks fun!


    THIMBLEandACORN said 12 years ago

    I love this! I've always been intimidated by making stuffed animals, but this looks do-able! If I can make a dress I can make a bunny...right?

  • Zooguu

    Zooguu said 12 years ago

    super cute! I love 'em!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 12 years ago

    Very cute!

  • patchylover

    patchylover said 12 years ago


  • turquoiseheaven

    turquoiseheaven said 12 years ago

    This is so cute! Thank you for sharing!

  • missbatch

    missbatch said 12 years ago

    bunny love forever!

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 12 years ago

    adorable :)

  • copperlilly

    copperlilly said 12 years ago

    i love this, it's too cute!

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 12 years ago

    This looks like a fun project!

  • litchi

    litchi said 12 years ago

    hoho,very cool look at their eyes

  • missbmckay

    missbmckay said 12 years ago

    i cant wait to make this! I how fun for my lil ones!

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 12 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I love this and my mom loves to bowl, so this will make a great gift for her.

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 12 years ago

    Oh my....that is so cute!

  • ageratum

    ageratum said 12 years ago

    So very cool! Love it. :) Donna

  • beckydesigns

    beckydesigns said 12 years ago

    Oh, my bunnies would love to go bowling!

  • littlepinkpebble

    littlepinkpebble said 12 years ago


  • TrampledByElephants

    TrampledByElephants said 12 years ago

    I would love to see those bunnies lined up at the local bowling alley...hmm...themed bowling. :)

  • inRibbons

    inRibbons said 12 years ago


  • nanouke

    nanouke said 12 years ago

    These are so cuuuuute!!!!

  • WoollyWonka

    WoollyWonka said 12 years ago

    I love this!!!

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 12 years ago

    Very cute! The only thing more adorable would be bowling for chocolate. I'm all about the chocolate in Easter.

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 12 years ago

    Too Cute!!

  • manfredmonkeys

    manfredmonkeys said 12 years ago

    I Love It!!

  • treefp

    treefp said 12 years ago

    very cute, i am so making these!!!

  • timesandchimes

    timesandchimes said 12 years ago

    Cute, cute, cute! If I only had a little one to make these for! Of course, I could have fun with them, anyway, so I just might try them out! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • danaruth

    danaruth said 12 years ago

    ditto! i hope i can get around to making these ADORABLE bunnies! great project!! what a super gift idea!

  • Seaspraystudios

    Seaspraystudios said 12 years ago

    love this idea....will use in my kindergarten class and with my grandson!!Thanks!!!

  • TheIcelandicWool

    TheIcelandicWool said 12 years ago

    This is just great :o) thanks for sharing.

  • dbByDesign

    dbByDesign said 12 years ago

    Those are super cute! Just what I need...another distraction from all the projects I'm already in the middle of. ;) lol. I'll definitely put this one aside for later!

  • Signs

    Signs said 12 years ago

    Bunny Bowling should not be limited to just easter! I could seriously bunny bowl everyday.

  • MissFiKingdom

    MissFiKingdom said 12 years ago

    My daughter and her preschool class would love to go bunny bowling.

  • tinyspace

    tinyspace said 12 years ago

    very cute!

  • sharlzndollz

    sharlzndollz said 12 years ago

    This is a wonderful project. I am sure my daughter will love it.

  • autumntakesme

    autumntakesme said 12 years ago

    oh my goodness! i LOVE them. such a sweet gift idea.

  • craftsatmungersmills

    craftsatmungersmills said 12 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing. These are so cute, I can hardly wait to make some. I am making a set all for myself 1st. Thanks again.

  • CassandraMichele

    CassandraMichele said 11 years ago

    I am having trouble with the bottoms. Is there more detail somewhere? I'm fairly new to this. Thanks!

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 11 years ago

    Just when I thought I had seen cuteness and whimsy Bunny Bowling! Oh where are my Bowling Shoes and Vintage Bowling Shirts! Bring the Chai Teas and Sugar cookies and Easter baskets with Chocolate! Wheee

  • marievlo

    Marie said 9 years ago

    Thanks pour the diy! I made a bowling game for my nephews and their enjoy a lot! you can see my version :

  • emilyesse

    emilyesse said 9 years ago

    This is adorable! I'm making just one for my one-year-old niece because it will be perfect for her to cuddle. :) Thanks!!

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