Do-It-Yourself, Toys

How to Sew a Sweet Bunny Lovey

A blanket or special plush toy is a security staple of most childhoods, and experts agree that attachment to these objects is beneficial in soothing toddler anxiety. In recent years, smaller “lovey” blankets have gained popularity because they’re easy to take along while still providing the child with a sense of comfort. At just 12″ square, this DIY bunny lovey is totally portable and the best of both worlds—it’s a soft, snuggly blanket with some big-eared personality. Read on to learn how you can sew one yourself!

DIY Bunny Lovey

Materials: 2 contrasting fabrics (1/2 yard each), smooth fabric (1/8 yard or 4″ remnant), thread, scissors, iron, pins, sewing machine, fabric paint and paintbrush

There are no right or wrong fabric choices for this project, but keep in mind that this will (hopefully) become a lovey for your child to snuggle. With that in mind, I chose a super soft white cuddle fabric and a bright floral cotton. Brushed flannel and thin fleece are also good—just be sure that your choices are machine washable!

Begin by cutting 13″ squares of your two main fabrics. Download and print this bunny ear template, and cut out four ear shapes (two of each fabric) from the remnants of your large squares. Then cut a 3.25″ square for your face piece. My white cuddle fabric was too fuzzy to paint a face on, so I used a smooth white flannel for that.

DIY Bunny Lovey Fabric

Start with the ears. With the right sides of your fabric together, use a 1/4″ seam allowance to stitch the curve. Leave the bottom open.

How to Sew a Bunny Lovey

Turn the ears right-side-out with the help of an unsharpened pencil.

DIY Bunny Lovey

On your face piece, fold in 1/4″ on two perpendicular edges. Use a hot iron to crease these folds.

How to Sew a Bunny Lovey

Flip the face piece over so the folds are underneath. Pin the face, folded corner down, to the corner of your front 13″ fabric square. Use an 1/8″ seam allowance to top stitch only the lower corner.

How to Sew a Bunny Lovey

If you did it correctly, the top will still be open.

How to Sew a Bunny Lovey

Take your two completed bunny ears and position them on the corner. Flip each ear over and in towards the face. They will overlap as shown below.

DIY Bunny Lovey

Align your back 13″ fabric square on top of your front square and ears, right sides together.

How to Sew a Bunny Lovey

Pin everything together. Make sure you get pins through those ears! Use 1/2″ seam allowance to sew around the edge, leaving a 3″ hole for turning. As you come around the ear corner, be very careful not to accidentally sew the long edges of the ears into the blanket seam.

How to Sew a Bunny Lovey

Turn the bunny lovey right-side-out. Top stitch around the entire square to close the hole and finish the edges.

How to Sew a Bunny Lovey

Add eyes, cheeks and a nose on your bunny face with fabric paint and a detail brush. Let dry.

DIY Bunny Lovey

This is a wonderful handmade gift idea for a baby shower or first birthday celebration. Go and sew a bunny lovey for somebunny you love today!

How to Sew a Bunny Lovey


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    Hi Dana. Thanks for the compliment! As far as a handkerchief goes… I suppose it’s highly likely the lovey will get little boogies on it at some point (hence, the importance of washability), but it’s definitely not intended for wiping noses. ;)

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    Thank you for sharing this sweet little bunny lovey! Being a 1st time Grammy, I can’t wait to make one for my 4 1\2 month old granddaughter, Adeline Grace! This looks so simple, so quick & so SWEET!!!

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    Love this project! Thank you for sharing the pattern. A group of nurses from my birthing unit are planning a sewing bee day to make “loveys” for moms and babies who are separated (when a newborn needs to go to the NICU having something that can hold the scent of mom is comforting to the infants). I searched long and found your post because we need a project that is fairly simple since we need to make quite a few. Thanks!

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    Sheryl, Your comment made my day! I am so pleased to hear that NICU babies will soon be snuggling up with some very special bunny loveys. You and your sewing nurses are truly the best.

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    Hi Kelly – This floral print was a remnant from a project I did last year. It was from the Sarah Francis collection at Joann Fabrics, but I’m unsure if they still carry it or not.

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    Hi Laurel – The snuggly fabric was found at Joann Fabrics in their nursery area. I don’t recall the actual name, but it’s next to all the “minky” type fabrics that are used for baby blankets. And if you’re not familiar with “minky” fabrics, ask a Joann’s associate… I’m sure they’ll know!

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    Hello, Iove your Lovey and plan to make up some for NICUs and send them to have for those little angels. Is there any way to print the instructions off. I have to have things written out, so I can just write it if not available to download. I am certainly not wanting to use it for anything other than to give for gifts and to give comfort to as many little angels as possible. Thank you, please continue to create

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    Hey there, this is utterly adorable … I tried to get the material but I think it’s discontinued…. Can you recommend an equivalent ??💜

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    My 18 month old son has a store bought bunny lovey that he adores. I have been looking for something he can love equally as much to leave at the babysitters. I think I have found it! Thanks to your detailed tutorial, I think I can whip one up during one of his naps!

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    Just finished sewing a total of 58 of these (52 were for Operation Christmas Child)! Made a few changes though. I made my bunnies a little smaller so I could get more out of each yard. My fabric was cut at 12″ x 12″. I used a sturdier fabric for the faces and embroidered the faces on. My face fabric was cut at 4″ x 4″. I made my own ear templates out of cardboard. I also made a face template with holes for stitching points so I could use a marker to transfer each face. Made life much easier! I also top-stitched everything to make it stronger. I used Minky Dimple Dot fabric and whatever cotton blend quilt fabric I had in my sewing box. Thanks for the awesome idea and starting point!

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    I made four of these over the weekend, two for my niece and two for the baby we are expecting. They turned out so cute…thank you for the great idea and instructions!

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