Make a Good Luck Rabbit Key Chain That Even a Rabbit Can Lovecomments (12) March 26th, 2013
When Michaela told me that February was going to Pet Project month, I had a moment of panic. Not because I have something against pets or anything but because I have a rabbit. You see, rabbits don't really need anything, and they certainly don't want you messing with their stuff. Rabbits are very set in their ways and extremely territorial about their things. Potato (my little guy) doesn't even like it when I sweep up the pellets he leaves on the floor in front of his cage, so I'm sure he would not appreciate a water bottle cozy or a spruced-up food bowl. Also, I think he would be mortified if I tried to put him in an outfit (although I have thought about making him a tiny top hat and bowtie on more than one occasion), so that's out, too. The only gifts Potato really likes are ones he can destroy like phone books or old boxes.
Then I had a thought: While Potato doesn't need anything, I (like many rabbit people) enjoy having rabbit things. Despite my better judgment, I have started to collect little rabbit figurines and, when I see a cute rabbit card or photo, it's hard to resist the urge to buy it. So I started thinking about something I could carry with me to remind myself of Potato and the joys he has brought to my life. Over dinner with the CraftStylish team at CHA, I had a quick brainstorm. "What about a key chain in the shape of a rabbit?" I asked. Then Beth, our publisher, said, "Oh, I hope not like those lucky rabbit foot key chains!" Ack! I had forgotten about those! In response, I decided to make a fully cruelty-free, bunny-friendly key chain. I think that's something that even Potato would appreciate. As long as I keep it away from his stuff. This is admittedly a pretty goofy project, so if you really don't need another key chain, these would make cute decorations for Easter or enlarge the template and make stuffed animals.
What'll you need:
- Small amount of cotton fabric (I used three different ones for the front and the back and the loop)
- Fabric scissors
- Water-soluble fabric pen or tailor's chalk
- Two small buttons or beads
- Needle and thread
- Straight pins
- Small amount of cotton batting
- Embroidery floss
- Key ring
1. Print out the PDF template, and cut out the template. Trace it onto fabric, and cut out two rabbits. If you are using the same fabric for the front and the back, you can fold the fabric in half and cut through both layers. If you are using two different fabrics, make sure to cut a front and a reverse of the template.
2. With a needle and thread, sew a small button or bead on each side of the fabric bunny for eyes.
3. To make a loop for the ring, cut a 1-1/2-inch x 2-inch piece of fabric. Fold both sides in toward the middle and press. Fold in half again and press. Topstitch on both edges. Fold in half to make a loop and baste together at the ends to hold the loop together. Set aside.
4. Place one bunny piece face down on a flat surface. Place the loop over the bunny piece with the loop side up as shown. Place the other bunny piece over this right side down. Pin together.
5. Thread a needle with sewing thread, then blanket-stitch around the bunny shape, leaving 1-1/2 inches open where the tail should be for stuffing. Push small amounts of stuffing into the bunny to fill.
6. Thread a needle with embroidery floss and knot. Insert the needle into the open part of the bunny (where the tail is) and hide the knot. Make small loops by sewing through both layers of the bunny over and over, also closing the open part. Do this until the tail is puffy enough, then make a small knot. Cut the thread and trim if necessary.
7. Slide the key ring onto the fabric loop and you're done!
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