DIY Stuffed Bunnies by Anders Ruff!

Post by Adria Ruff of Anders Ruff

andersruff-diy.stuffed.easter.bunny-07I don’t know about you, but my girls are getting super excited for the Easter Bunny to arrive in a couple weeks. We have been decorating at my house and to get ready for this Easter season, I decided to make DIY Stuffed Easter Bunnies with scrap fabric and ribbon I had laying around the house. I’ve created a tradition that every Easter I give the girls some sort of Easter Bunny. Now that the girls are older, I like coming up with more creative bunnies – ones that we can make together and create memories along the way. I’ve seen several ways to make your own stuffed bunnies and this particular style caught my eye. I designed an Anders Ruff FREE PRINTABLE Stuffed Easter Bunny  to share with you, so you can make some too!


Supplies needed:

Anders Ruff FREE PRINTABLE Stuffed Easter Bunny
Scrap Fabric
Scrap Ribbon
Sewing Machine
Needle & Thread
Pinking Scissors
Sewing Pins
2.5″ – 3″ Yarn Poms – Tutorial Here
Pillow Stuffing
Wooden skewer/dowel rod  *helpful to poke stuffing in the corners


Directions:

1. Print template on 8.5×11 cardstock.
2. Trim along line.
3. Cut two pieces of fabric, allowing 1/4” extra all the way around template. Fabric will be approximately 7“ x 11.5”.
4.  Trace bunny on reverse side of fabric, 1/4” outside of the template line (draw it freehand, so the bunny is bigger than template). If you don’t want bunny to be bigger, that is fine too… but this gives you a larger size option.
5.  Pin both pieces of fabric together, (right side to right side) and cut both at once with pinking scissors.
6.  Flip fabric and place together (wrong side to wrong side), so right sides are exposed. Repin together.
7.  Starting at the bottom left foot, sew 1/4” along the entire edge until you reach the right foot.

andersruff-diy.stuffed.easter.bunny-039. Leave 2” opening at the bottom for stuffing.
10.  Stuff bunny. A wooden skewer or dowel rod comes in handy, when trying to get the stuffing in the bunny and feet corners.  You have to poke it in to fill the corners.
11.  Hand stitch bottom to close.
12. Tie ribbon around neck. (I used 3/4″ ribbons in different colors – I tied in a knot and trimmed off the edges to create little bow-ties)

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13.  Sew on a 2.5” – 3” yarn pom for bunny tail. Tutorial Here
14. Tails will create a way for bunnies to stand upright.
15. Create several bunnies with various shades & colors!andersruff-diy.stuffed.easter.bunny-05

Are these bunnies cute or what??  Brynne helped me pick out color combos and Graycie helped me stuff the bunnies and also helped me make the yarn pom bunny tails.  The girls and I loved them so much, that we decided to put them on our mantel display this year!  And the best part… I didn’t spend a dime like I have on several other Easters – all my supplies were found right here, in my house!!!andersruff-diy.stuffed.easter.bunny-06

How fun would these be in your kids’ Easter Baskets? Or pass them out as favor gifts if you are hosting an Easter dinner at your home. You can even make adult versions by making them in neutral colored fabrics such as linens & burlap with twine neck ties.

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Even my husband commented on how much he liked these festive little bunnies… and we didn’t even prompt him to say it! Have fun creating new Easter Memories for your family – We would love to hear what Easter traditions your family does each year!  Feel free to share with us your family favorites!

Meet Jennifer of Blissfully Ever After!

Hey everyone! Thanks so much to Rosenberry Rooms for having me here today! My name is Jennifer and I’m a wife, mom, house lover, mad crafter, DIY fanatic, and creative mind behind the lifestyle blog Blissfully Ever After!

Jennifer Mead-Blissfully Ever After- Rosenberry Rooms

What inspired you to be a blogger/designer/DIY-er?

Design has really always been a big part of who I am. I can remember looking at homes with my Mom starting at about age 6. We would get in the car and drive around looking at houses and landscaping {this was before internet of course} and it was all I could think about. I loved decorating my room and keeping it clean…which carried on with me throughout my adult life {luckily}! After getting married at 19, I would scour Pottery Barn magazines looking for ideas to decorate our home. Quickly realizing we didn’t have thousands of dollars to spend on décor or furniture back then, we decided to give a go at DIY projects. We purchased our first home at age 20 and completely remolded it ourselves and after purchasing our second home a few years later, I decided to start a blog to journal our projects and to share and connect ideas with others.

What is your favorite part of your daily work…when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?

Knowing that I am making a positive impact for my family and my readers all in one is very rewarding. What started out as a hobby has lead into a beautiful career that I never dreamt was possible. Now, I am able to share my passion with other like minded people from around the globe and create a cozy, welcoming home for my family at the same time.

I love reading comments and emails from readers. They really brighten my day. Sometimes when I feel like giving up….{am I the only one who feels this way?} I read a sweet email from a reader and it totally can transform things. Also, hearing from my husband that he is proud of me for all that I do for our family is very rewarding.

Do you have any advice for other working moms?

The best piece of advice I can offer to other working Moms whether it be outside of the home or from your home office, is to enjoy your husband and your children before anything else. In the end what do we really have if we don’t have love? What do we have if everything else is going good but we are neglecting our families? Putting your family first will move mountains in your home, your work, and your life. I encourage you to find a happy balance between work and your family….and time manage your day! It’s key to staying focused and knocking those items off of your to-do list!

What is your most memorable ­­­­­­­­­­­design project or craft? 

Blissfully Ever After DIY Projects

The projects I find most rewarding are our backyard makeover and our $100 laundry room makeover.

Small Laundry Room Ideas

Both projects were done DIY and the laundry room makeover I primarily completed by myself while I was nearly 8 months pregnant. A lot of sweat went into that project and I am pretty proud of the results.

Backyard Ideas

We spend a lot of time outdoors, so the backyard is enjoyed almost daily and our son loves it too which is a great feeling! We love entertaining on the back covered patio and plan to make a fire pit later this year.

If you could decorate a room for anyone in the world, who would it be?

Wow, this is a hard question because I’d love to collaborate with quite a few people to design a room, but if I had to choose I would go with Miranda Lambert. I love her music and I think her style would be fun and fresh yet have a cozy, traditional feel to it…which is something I can relate to.

What thing/place/event were you most recently inspired by? 

I recently went to Blissdom, which is a large blog conference that was held in Dallas, Texas. I was really inspired by all of the amazing women who came together in one spot to share ideas, knowledge, and passion for blogging in all different types of areas from home décor to food to parenting to fashion. I left the conference with a million ideas running through my head and lots of new friendships made.

Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, The Oregon Coast, Maui, and Providence, Rhode Island. Those are some of the most fun trips we’ve ever been on. It was a combination of a great destination, good people, food, and lots of fun!

Where in the world are you dying to go next?

My husband and I love to travel and the next spot on our bucket list is Bora Bora or Fiji.

What is your favorite Rosenberry Rooms product(s)?

You know I honestly haven’t had the opportunity to purchase any products from Rosenberry Rooms yet, but after getting in touch with the company, I am eager to see what I can find for some updates coming soon in our home.

Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming events or projects?

Kitchen Design Board

Some upcoming projects on our plate are remodeling our 1990’s master bathroom, a complete kitchen overhaul {and trying to stay around $2,000 not including appliances}, and some sprucing up of the yard and other rooms in our home. Stay tuned!

Now, just for fun:

Favorite Food:  Chicken enchiladas and Spanish rice

Favorite TV Show: I really don’t watch TV….I know, crazy, ya?

Favorite Movie: The Notebook…you can never go wrong with a good love story. {sigh}

Favorite Weekend Activity: Being outdoors! Hiking, bike rides, boating, and BBQ’s {weather permitting of course}.

Favorite Musician/Band: The Newsboys, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and so many more…but basically Christian and Country music!

DIY – Upcycled Menagerie!

For all you DIY-ers, we’ve got a really fun project for you and your little one to work on together provided by one of our Creative Contributors, Aaron Christensen of Embellishments Kids! Aaron shows us how to create charming animal sculptures for your child’s room using recyclables you already have at home. These are perfect for the little animal lover or safari themed kid’s room and offer a creative and crafty project for you and your son or daughter to do together! Check out the details from Aaron below and be sure to visit his blog, Embellishments Kids, for an awesome giveaway announcement!

Create fun fauna with everyday recyclables.

Take a long hard look in your recycling bin. It’s crawling with creatures great and small!  Hopefully, not real ones, but fun future faux ones.  Utilizing a few inexpensive supplies and some easy to follow instructions, you and your kiddies can imagine and create artistic fauna decor for their rooms.

As a kid space designer, it is my goal is to have every child’s room be an expression of their personality, creativity and uniqueness.  Quite often, I’ll have the child work with me on a craft project or an art assignment that we will use as decor, in the room.  Kids love to have their art and handicraft on their own walls.  To inspire you, here’s a collection of animal sculptures I created using readily available recyclables.

Taking cues from the kid’s modern movement, your animals can be painted simply, monochromatic or decoupaged with colorful tissue or patterned fabric.  An artistic zoo of animal sculptures would make a great party craft idea, school auction project or make for a fun room decoration.

A wide array of animals can be created with a little ingenuity and an eye for utilizing or altering the shapes of containers.  For something different, cover them with old maps, dictionary pages, clip art or paint them with fun patterns.

Exploring a theme, for your menagerie, can enhance your existing room design or add an eclectic and artistic feel to the space.  Ideas inspired by the a jungle, farm, forest or the sea can offer unlimited animal possibilities. Or, for something different, you can consider making robots, friendly monsters or aliens.

Step-by-step instructions, downloadable templates for the wall mounts and a supply list are provided on my blog found here.

Get your hands dirty, get crafty!

Aaron Christensen is an artist, designer and father of two.  Through his company Embellishments Kids, he designs children’s rooms and spaces, products and creates art in his Portland, Oregon based studio.

DIY Tree Trunk Accent Tables!

We recently came across this really neat website called She Pins and He Makes. If you can’t already guess from the title what this site is all about, it’s an adorable husband and wife team (Anne and Tim), where Anne finds stylish decor and design ideas on Pinterest, shows them to the hubs, and he makes them! How fun is that?! One of their most recent posts revealed these amazing tree trunk tables, which in a furniture store would probably go for hundreds of dollars but they were able to make them at home for a whole lot less! Check out the images below as well as some great tips for creating these stunning accent tables for your home.

Over Easter in the good ol’ RVA we discovered Anne’s parents had just chopped down a large tree in the backyard. A few minutes on Pinterest and we were inspired enough to throw two 100+ lb tree slices into the back of our car for the ride back to Raleigh.  A lot of de-barking, sanding and drilling later we have two tree trunk tables!

Main tools you will need  – chisel, power sander and a mallet.

Next, begin removing the bark.

The de-barking was easy in some spots and painful in others. As you can see in the pictures a massive chunk came off with almost no effort. For the other parts be prepared for painstaking sanding and chipping away.

Sanding begins…

Hairpin legs can be expensive on eBay and it’s hard to find more than 4 of the same. We bought these from hairpinlegs.com and were very pleased.

The wood is gum which means they need at least a year to dry out so the teak oiling (and/or urethaning) will have to wait.  We imagine that they will be a great addition to a screened in porch or outdoor area as soon as we have a house. Right now they look slightly oversized but still awesome in our rental!

How great are these?! It definitely gives me motivation to actually make some of the things I see on Pinterest! What about you? Be sure to check out She Pins and He Makes for more DIY tutorials!

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