Saturday, 8 September 2012

patchwork bunny rabbit


Meet Blossom the bunny, inspired by the front cover of Nuigurumi Style, a Japanese craft book.

My little fairy loves rabbits, a love born from watching the rabbits and hares which frequent our garden early in the morning.  So I decided to make her a little rabbit soft toy.

I like to think that she has an affinity with bunnies as she was an Easter baby. Anyway, she seems to quite like her new friend.

To make Blossom, I used the picture on the cover of Nuigurumi Style as inspiration.  I don't own a copy of the book but found it through Flickr.  I presume it is written in Japanese meaning it would be imposssible for me to understand.   I studied French and Spanish at school but strangely Japanese never made the curriculum.

 Nuigurumi Style by nataliezdrieu
Nuigurumi Style, a photo by nataliezdrieu on flickr.

I used some linen I have in my stash along with some lecien fabric scraps.  I pieced the scraps together in strips.  The back and front don't match but I don't think it really matters.  I like the way the coloured fabrics look like a little dress.

The picture on the front of the book shows little buttons added but as my fairy is only two I decided not to add any, although I think a collar of some sort may be pretty.  Maybe felt or ribbon.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend and maybe a crafty Saturday.

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  1. It's great, bet your daughter loves her! I've got to make one too! Ada :)

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    1. My little fairy really loves her ... you should definitely make one ... let me know when you do ... I'd love to meet her too ... Bee xx

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    1. Thanks Sarah ... have a lovely weekend ... Bee x

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  3. hello Bee
    She's a cutie and your little one is going to love her.
    I've an intensive craft weekend trying to get my makes for Blueberry Hearts swap finished to send next week.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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    1. Good for you ... hope you get it all ready in time ... I love a crafty weekend :) Bee xx

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  4. Such a happy little bunny, and a great job indeed! I love the fabrics you chose, i love it that you made it youself from the picture.

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment ... the fabrics are some of my favourites ... Bee x

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  5. Such a sweet little bunny - love the fabrics you chose too. You have one lucky little fairy there! Xx

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    1. Thanks Gilly ... you're very kind ... Bee x

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  6. Very sweet little bunny! I thought these Japanese craft books difficult to decider too but there images and drawings speak volumes! And hey visual learner you nutted bunnie out in one pic, I think you'll find these books, easier than you think! :)

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    1. Thanks Pippa ... might give one of the books a go ... Bee x

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  7. How delicious your bunny is (sounds like something Miranda would say!) and lovely fabrics. One of my sisters teaches Chinese and informs me that Japanese bears no similarity whatsoever! My brother-in-law (who comes from Laos!) does speak Japanese as well as at least 8 other languages.....I failed my French......
    Thank you for dropping in on my blog and your kind words
    Have a sunny day
    Best wishes
    Jenny

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    1. Hi Jenny ... thanks for stopping by ... it's lovely to see you here ... your brother in law sounds amazing ... how cool to be able to understand so many languages ... Bee x

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  8. Hi Bee, well done, she's fantastic! As far as I know the instructions in Japanese craft & sewing books are mainly in the form of pictograms so can be easy to work from even if you can't read Japanese, but you obviously figured it out beautifully just from the photo! My sister lived over there for a couple of years and we visited, it's an amazing place, but definitely not an easy language to learn.

    I made Max an elephant a few years ago, I must post a picture on my blog...I've been thinking recently about making more cuddly toys, thanks for the inspiration! Rachel x

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    1. Thanks Rachel ... maybe I should try out one of the Japanese craft books ... they have such lovely inspiration .. I'm a little jealous of your visit to Japan ... you lucky thing ... hubs and I would love to go ... one day, one day :) ... definitely post Max's elephant .. I would love to see him ... Bee x

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  9. What a sweet little bunny. Well done on making it just from the picture, I love the fabrics you chose. xx

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    1. Thanks Caroline ... the bunny was good fun to make .. xx

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  10. She's lovely, I love her dress! perhaps a little crochet collar would be sweet, but really she's lovely as she is! well done, i'm sure she will be very loved! Heather x

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    1. A crochet collar is a great idea Heather ... just need to learn how to make one :) ... Bee x

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  11. Aw its so lovely. And very clever too. Its so satisfying to not follow a pattern and go with your heart! xxx

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    1. Thank you Kate ... it was fun to just have a go ... Bee x

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  12. Blossom the bunny is just the sweetest! I really like her pretty little dress. You talented thing you :)
    Magie x

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    1. Hi Magie ... I thought her little dress was pretty cute too ... Bee xx

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  13. Bee, your little Blossom is aDoRaBlE! You may know I have a strong affinity with rabbits and hares and this little creature, so cleverly pieced together makes my heart skip! Lukcy little girl of yours.

    Stephanie

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    1. Thanks Stephanie for your lovely words .. I'm afraid my bunny isn't nearly as beautiful as yours :) ... Bee x

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  14. It is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love it. I hope your little fairy loves it too. I am absolutely not showing the bunny to my daughter as she will want one instantly and badger me until i make one... x

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    1. Thanks Gillian ... maybe you could russle one up as a surprise for her stocking at C time ... I won't use the word yet either :) ... have a lovely weekend ... Bee x

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  15. What a sweet little bunnie ,my little girl would love herxx

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  16. Hello Bee,thanks for popping over and following my blog, and for your lovely comments. I'm going to grab a cup of tea and a piece of cake and have a long look through yours now ... Bliss!

    Your new member Claire xxx

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    1. Ditto .. having a cuppa backreading your posts ... and having a very enjoyable read ... lovely to see you here ... Bee xx

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  17. Too cute. And inspiring also. I have a little buttercup in my life that needs one of these too. I think I may be sewing tomorrow.

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    1. So glad you liked Blossom ... thanks so much for stopping by ... Bee x

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