Bunny Bean Bags

Materials: Print fabric, about 10" x 12". Plain fabric scraps. Double fold
bias tape to match plain fabric. White nylon tricot; a 6" circle and a 4"
circle. White organdy strip, 1 1/2" wide, about 30" long. Fabric paints,
black and red. Fine-point paintbrush. Absorbent cotton. Dried beans. Sewing
thread. Paper. Pencil. Ruler.
Instructions: Enlarge body and ear patterns, below, for small and large
bunnies by copying on paper ruled in 1" squares. For each bunny, cut two
body pieces and two ears from print fabric. Cut two ears from plain fabric.
For large bunny, cut four pieces of bias tape, 3" long; for small bunny, cut
four pieces, 2" long, for arms and legs.
Place body pieces with right sides together; fold tape arms and legs in half
crosswise and pin in place between body pieces, with ends at edge. Stitch
body pieces together, catching in arms and legs; leave top open. Turn right
side out.
For heads, gather around nylon tricot circles, taking stitches about 1/2"
from edge. Before pulling gathers together, place a ball of cotton, about 1
3/4" in diameter, tightly packed, in center of nylon. Pull gathers tightly
together and knot. For each ear, place a plain and a print ear tight sides
together and stitch around, leaving bottom straight edges open. Turn right
side out. Fold ears in half lengthwise. Carefully cut two slits in top of
nylon head, from back to front, to fit bottom of folded ears. Insert bottom
ends of ears in slits; turn in edges for slits and whip together, securing
ears in place. Using picture above as a guide, with red and black paint,
make features on front of head, painting eyes, brows, whiskers and two long
front teeth with fine black lines; nose and lower lip red, inside mouth
black.
For ruffles, cut organdy, 1 1/2" wide and 20" long, for large bunny, 10"
long for small bunny. Hem one long edge of ruffle. Turn in and gather other
long edge. Put dried beans in bodies; turn top edge of bodies in and gather.
Insert excess fabric at bottom of head in top of body; pull gathers tight
and stitch through gathers and head to hold securely. Gather ruffle around
neck. Sew ends together.
Pattern Pieces: Large bunny body, small bunny body, large and small ears. NOTE:
each square = 1"