So my pal Suze arrived back from the Hospice charity shop and handed me a 'make your own sock bunny by Sainsbury's'. I had been looking at sock monkeys and sock bunnies and any variation of sock animal patterns online but had never downloaded one to try. So when Suze handed me this I stopped doing what I was doing and began to make.
Inside were a pair of pink and teal stripey socks, stuffing, some felt shapes, a needle plus yellow and black embroidery thread (floss). The instruction page was really helpful, in full colour and with simple directions.
Before long I'd the pieces cut and had stitched and stuffed the head. There was no sewing thread but perhaps that had been lost or used before the kit was donated to the Hospice shop. I did have a nice strong dusty pink sewing thread which was perfect for the task.
When I make something from a kit I'll usually put my own spin on it and although the cross-eyed bunny looked cute on the box I decided to use some craft buttons, a Christmas gift from either my niece or my nephew. This sock bunny was going to look like a bloowabbit sockwabbit.
A tiny red button nose and a thin black line smile. I left the rough edge of the body sock and gathered loosely to look like a ruffle but I think if I were going to make sockwabbits as gifts I'd run a little coloured or glitter glue along the edge to prevent it from ravelling after many hours of hugging.
There are a few wrinkles around the neck of both head and body so I need to be more generous with the stuffing there. However, it has the right amount of weirdness and quirkiness about it, definitely a relative of blooowabbit...
complete with a stripey sockwabbit tail...
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