Friday, November 2, 2012

Stuffed Knuffle Bunny & Trixie Costume

Have you heard of Mo Willems? I only ask because most of my family have no idea who he is, and expressed confusion when Little Miss told them she wanted to be Trixie from Knuffle Bunny for Halloween this year.

Well, to be more precise . . . Trixie from Knuffle Bunny Too. (Believe me, we searched around the Goodwill for overalls that would fit her so she could be the younger version of Trixie from the first book, but when that search came up empty we found some stuff we could work with for the second book.)
Trixie Knuffle Bunny Costume
Thrifted clothing + some fabric and paint I had on hand = less than $7 for the costume!
No extreme closeups here . . . this costume was totally frankensteined together from several shirts I picked up from the thrift store and to reveal the actual stitching would be beyond embarrassing. Yes - - the sewing quality is atrocious, but for the purpose of costuming a 5 year old it works well enough. The blue star on her shirt is made from a piece of scrap fabric and some Wonder Under. I free-handed the shape and didn't even bother to secure it with a zig zag. 

I know . . . REBEL.

The polka dots on her sleeves were made using some fabric paint I had on hand (didn't realize it was sparkly until I opened it . . . oops) and a circle of kids' crafty foam glued onto an empty thread spool as a makeshift stamp.  Hooray for using what you got!
Knuffle Bunny Doll
Had I known how much my kids would fight over this bunny I would have made two of them!

For the skirt I started with a $2 khaki skirt and cut up a flowery fat quarter I had that looked "sketchy" . . . like, drawn sketchy . . . not sketchy sketchy.  I Wonder Under'd those suckers on there with no reinforcement either.  (I'd tell you what the print is, but there was no selvage on the piece I had.  Leave me a comment if you recognize it!)

The pink striped socks are DIY Babylegs that I made for LM when she was just a wee one.  Just goes to show that you can get a lot of mileage from a simple sock-conversion project . . . she's now 5 and they still work for her!
Knuffle Bunny with Book
I had everything on hand that I needed to make this bunny except the green and blue fabric . . . cost me about $3 total to make!
I searched around for quite awhile before I found a pattern to make the actual Knuffle Bunny.  I am all for coming up with a pattern myself (I've made a lot of stuffed toys in the past and I'm sure I could figure it out), but when someone has already done the work . . . :)  The tutorial I used is from Emilie at Plucky Momo and you can find it right here.  It is a very good pattern (though I would recommend enlarging it a bit because stuffing the legs and arms was a bit tedious), and I only made a few modifications.  I decided to use more marker around some of the features to keep it unified (like around the tail on the back and around the blue piece on the inside of the ears).  I also sewed on the eyes and nose before I sewed it all together because I hate attaching stuff onto a toy after it has already been stuffed.  I know there are reasons to wait until you finish that step, but given my experience I felt ok deviating a bit on this point.  (Speaking of stuffing, I skipped the rice step too and just went for fiberfill for the whole thing.)  Oh, and I didn't bother embroidering the facial features as I originally planned, but did it all in marker.  If I was going to give this as a gift or had I had more time to work on it, I would have not used marker at all and would have embroidered black around all the features.  As it stands though, the marker works fine and does give it a 'drawing come to life' feel which I actually do like.

Going to attempt to forward this post on to Mo Willems . . . hoping he reads it and feels the love and appreciation we have for his books (Kee-ku is obsessed with all of the Pigeon books, and LM has taken it upon herself to learn all the words to the Knuffle Bunny musical that we have on CD.)

Anyone else whip together some homemade costumes this year?  I would love to see them!

4 Comments:

Leah November 3, 2012 at 11:55 AM  

*I* know Mo Willems! And I know approx. 1 million kids AND librarians who love the Pigeon series.

Skooks November 3, 2012 at 12:53 PM  

Right - - notice I said "most" and not ALL. ;)

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode December 3, 2012 at 3:03 PM  

What a great costume! I think it's perfectly ok if your stitching isn't perfect, because after all it was just for Halloween, right?

Skooks December 3, 2012 at 4:58 PM  

J - My thoughts EXACTLY. :)

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