Are you looking for a quick and simple handmade gift on a budget? This sock bunny is perfect!
About 6ish years ago, my husband, our first two children, and myself, were really struggling. I think, by many standards, we still are. But in my eyes, by the grace of God, we have come such a very long way.
6 years ago, my husband was going back to school after having been laid off from two different jobs in less than a year. I had been a stay at home mom since our first child was born, with no career opportunities on the horizon, and nothing that made the childcare expense worth it. We had just moved back to New York State from North Carolina (with a brief stint in Pennsylvania), so we didn't qualify for welfare. We hadn't been residents long enough. We were on a 3-year waiting list for Section-8 (low income housing). We were on Food Stamps and Medicaid, and the only other assistance we qualified for was HEAP, which helped with our gas bills in the winter. All of this was greatly appreciated, but the fact remains that if not for the generosity of our own parents, we would have been homeless. They helped with vehicles, rent, and keeping our children clothed.
But we also benefited from the generosity of many others along the way. One of which was my grandmother. I had been crocheting gifts for my children, and really wanted to be able to do more. She gave me her sewing machine! I had never used one before, and truthfully, it sat collecting dust for a long while because I was so intimidated. One Easter, I wanted to make bunnies for the kids. I found some knee-high socks for $1, and only one tutorial on the internet at that time for a sock bunny, and I'm pretty sure I did it wrong.
Sure, they have been well-loved, but I promise you, they never looked much better than you see this one above. In fact, many times, in my own embarrassment, I have asked the kids if I could get rid of them.
"You have plenty of nicer stuffed animals," I've told them. "I have even made you much nicer things since then!"
"No, Mommy!" they yell, while clinging to their respective bunnies. "We loooooove them!" is the response, with no hesitation. They nearly cried at the idea.
A few years later, I had gained a bit more confidence with the sewing machine, and still had some knee high socks lying around. I decided I could make them much better, and even use nearly every scrap of the pair of socks! Today I will share that process with you!
What you need:
1 pair of knee high socks
Polyester Fiberfill for stuffing
thread, colors are a personal preference
buttons for eyes
felt for nose
Notes: I am not an expert sewer, or versed in writing sewing patterns. This is written out exactly as I figured it out on my own. Basic knowledge of your sewing machine and its functions will be helpful. Become friends with the manual! I am still getting to know mine, but find the manual to be very helpful! I tried to capture pictures of nearly every step, but some may be left more to the imagination. Don't be scared! Just have fun!
For the eyes, as you can see in the finished picture at the top of the page, I just used buttons. Have fun with this! I like to give mine a little character, by adding a large felt button behind the other button. My kids seem to love this look. Add your own flair!
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