Earlier in the year whilst the Great British Sewing Bee was on television, Cool Crafting from Kendal ran their own version, the Great British Sewing Bunny. We had three hours each week to make a costume on a set theme for a Luna Lapin or one of her friends, it was great fun. One week the theme was heroes so I dressed my Violet as a Barts nurse, I trained as a nurse at St Bartholomews many moons ago and this is what our uniform was like, starched aprons and hat and a black wool cape…

Well one of my nursing friends was very keen to have her own Barts bunny, so whilst I was away at the weekend I started sewing Flossie. These are hand-stitched apart from the ears. My friend wanted pink ears, so I found a pretty pink ditsy print for her ears and feet, I left out the interfacing from the ears as I knew they would be getting squashed under a hat.

The hardest bit of these rabbits are the eyes and nose, the eyes are small buttons with some straight stitch eye lashes. For the nose I stitched over some pink felt so it didn’t look too pointed, I’m still not sure about her nose but I’ll wait until she’s dressed and see what she looks like then.

Flossie in her undies!

I made a pair of pretty pale pink French knickers from some broderie anglais in my stash, with a little white flower at the front.

She’s now waiting impatiently for the rest of her uniform…

…so the collar is made and the apron (all the white bits first!) I just have to finish putting the dress together, keeping my fingers crossed that the collar fits OK as I’m mixing two patterns together. Back in the day the collars were detachable, together with all the buttons, it used to take about ten minutes to sort out a clean uniform, and that’s if you didn’t have to make a hat!

Once the main dress is stitched I can add the extras like scissors, I’ve even managed to find a mini fob watch, then it’s just the cape to make.

Hopefully soon Flossie will be on her way to London, where else would a Barts Bunny live ๐Ÿ™‚

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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11 Responses to Flossie

  1. tialys says:

    I love your dressed up bunnies.

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  2. kathyreeves says:

    So cute, love the dress fabric!

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  3. Ruth E Price says:

    Oh thatโ€™s brilliant Margaret. I feel so lucky that you are making me a Barts Bunny.
    Iโ€™m so proud to be a Barts Nurse. This Bunny will be a treasured Bunny and will always remind me of our student nurse days together. You are so kind. Xxxxxx

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  4. katechiconi says:

    Good job you don’t have to knit black stockings and make comfy nurse’s shoes! She’s lovely, and a wonderful reminder of the ‘glory’ days of nursing. Thank heavens the hard-working nurses these days can relax a little in their scrubs!

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  5. anne54 says:

    This bunny is such a sweetie, with her little bits of pink showing through. She will be a treasured present for your friend.

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  6. Sharon says:

    I can hardly wait to see Flossie all dressed up…she’s adorable!

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  7. Sian Coggins says:

    Absolutely wonderful Margaret, your comments on the starched collar/ hat / buttons provided a big smile having had a similar uniform at UCH. Thank you!

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  8. Jane M says:

    She looks so pretty in pink

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