Pattern #5 : Lulu the bunny
Wow, I have trouble registering that it's already been 5 months since I started this project. Some registered for 1 whole year, so this is just the beginning.
When I decided to embark on this adventure I made sketches for each month. I left myself a little leeway for inspiration, but one thing was definitive: several patterns would share the same body shape, thus being able to interchange accessories.
So here's Lulu the bunny who can share with the mini doll both the mini clothes and the little matchbox bed.
Although similar to the mini doll pattern, Lulu is constructed a little differently - without having to attach the head by hand. A post will soon follow with the steps to better illustrate.
Add a pom pom to the back for a complete look. Or sew Lulu in one color for an "au natural" look. A simple hand painted face is my favorite, but a few stitches will make a cute bunny in no time.
What can you do with it?
Whether you like bunnies or not, well, it's in the air right now. Easter is approaching and it's the year of the rabbit in the zodiac. So why not make Lulu your pocket bunny? Carry Lulu everywhere with you as a lucky charm, or simply to make you smile when life sucks. Note that it is also a good size for a dollhouse.
Which fabric should you choose?
As always with the Tiny Sewing Club, the fabrics chosen must be thin enough to be turned. The best reference is a quiltng cotton. You can choose any fabric that comes close in terms of density, weight and drape. By density, I mean transparency, or the number of threads per cm - a woven fabric that is too loose will be transparent or too soft and the filling will come out. The weight is also an interesting indicator, if the fabric is ultra light like organza it may be too thin to sew a doll. The opposite is also true, a very heavy fabric such as a canvas or a heavy wool will be too thick to make Lulu's little limbs. The drape is important, a fabric can have a good density and a good weight but be too dry, like coated fabrics for example, to make beautiful curves. Looser fabrics like chambray can be used but expect to sew a bunny that can be a bit wonky.
Again I went for the painted face. It's my preference, you probably guessed by now. I'm preparing a mini video on how to make Lulu's. But you can refer to this post for advice on the subject.
I'm starting to find my rhythm with the club, until now I was experimenting a lot. Expect more beautiful paper envelopes, videos here and there, and a few accompanying patterns.
Happy month of March,