My good friend Jo is in the final month of her first pregnancy. She’s reached the difficult-to-put-your-own-socks-on stage, so a housecall was in order. So I set off with a box of cupcakes and a little something I’d made for her nursery. Jo has always loved rabbits, so it was easy to pick the theme for my gift. I’d bookmarked these rabbit finger puppets from the inspiring Purl Bee some months back and thought the free pattern would be a great place to start.
I scaled down the template to create eight felt rabbits, each standing around four inches high from ears to fluffy tail. Instead of leaving them open at the bottom as finger puppets need to be, I popped a bit of toy stuffing inside and stitched them closed. I found a great cheat for the pom-pom tails – I just snipped them off some bobble trim! Lastly I made a baby bunny to be the focal point of my mini scene.
Finding a deep box frame turned out to be the trickiest part of this project. Disheartened after an outrageous quote from a professional framer, a very practical friend thankfully came up with the idea of gluing two ready-made frames back to back. (I’d love to hear from anyone who has discovered an affordable source of box frames.) I lined these with spotty and leafy paper and installed the bunnies. After a futile fight with some very annoying sticky foam pads, I opted to secure them by stitching on to a backing card. (From the reverse it reminded me of the way dolls’ outfits used to be packed when I was young.)
It’s a bit pretentious but I always like to give my makes a title. I called this one ‘New boy in the warren’ (as Jo knows she’s having a boy), and wrote this on a little slip of paper, along with the date, and added it to the back of the frame.
If you’re counting, you’ll see that my warren only needed seven big bunnies. I should have remembered that rule about designing in odd numbers. So if anyone has any suggestion of what to do with this rather lonely lapin, please let me know.