Last year I made a ‘Luna Lapin’ for my great-nephew, well actually I made an Alfie, same rabbit, different clothes…
They’re from a gorgeous book by Sara Peel called ‘Making Luna Lapin’. Luna has a whole wardrobe of beautifully made clothes and now has a range of friends made in two other books, mice, cats, squirrels, deer… Sara has a lovely fabric shop in Kendal called Cool Crafting, as well as the website, she sells everything you need to make them or you can get a kit. I fell for the book when they had a shop in Skipton. I was planning to make my mum one for her birthday this year, but it wasn’t to be, so I’m making one for myself and calling her Florence after my grandmother.
I cut everything out before we went away for the weekend, they’re designed to be hand-stitched in felt, so it was the perfect project to take with me last weekend.
She went together pretty easily, I’d machine stitched the ears beforehand – they have some interfacing inside to help them stand up. All the other seams are blanket-stitched. The arms are stitched on with wooden buttons (saying ‘handmade’) so they are poseable to a degree. By the end of the week-end I just had the eyes and the mouth to stitch. The eyes are little black buttons, I embroidered some lashes too, to make her a bit girlie, the nose is embroidered in brown DMC thread.
Florence is a rabbit of standards, so she wouldn’t allow any photos until she had some knickers on! Luckily the book includes a pattern for lacy knickers. I found some pale pink lace I’ve had for years. I hand-stitched these completely as I decided machine stitching small seams in stretch lace was going to end in tears!!
I just need to make a dress and a coat now…oh and a tail!