by CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
What you need
9x12" felt rectangle in Peeps colors
Dark brown acrylic paint
Needle, matching thread & sewing pins.
Pencil with an eraser
Fabric Glitter Spray (I used Tulip brand) Optional
Cut 2 strips, each about 3/4″ wide from one narrow (9″) end of the felt.
Stitch the 2 strips together on one end & press the seam open with you fingers.
Match the seam, right sides together, to the point between the bunny’s ears & stitch to secure.
Align the strip with the bunny edge & stitch half way around ending at the center bottom using a very narrow seam—no more than 1/8″.
Return to the beginning & stitch the other half from the ear to the center bottom. This method keeps the seams even at the top & bottom. Join the 2 strips where they meet & trim the excess.
Turn the seam to the inside.
Pin the back piece to the gusset strip, aligning the edges & matching the center bottom.
Stitch the seam leaving an opening to stuff it. The back seam will remain exposed.
Stuff lightly & stitch the opening.
Dip the eraser on the pencil into a bit of the brown paint & place a dot on the bunny for each eye & the nose. Allow this to dry.
If desired, spray with fabric glitter to give your peep a sugary appearance.
I want everyone to know that this isn’t my original Credit for that goes to Dana Willard. I merely fell in love with her Bunny peeps banner & took it in a different direction. Using her pattern, I began by adding a light stuffing to her peeps so they were a bit stiffer. They looked great in my “candy dish” but I carried it a bit beyond when I added a narrow gusset between the 2 layers of felt to give the peeps more dimension. Also, where Dana sewed her Peeps by machine, I prefer stitching mine by hand. The pattern measures about 5″ tall & the finished bunny is about 4.5″ tall.