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Bunny Love: Sew Fun Book Review and Giveaway

March 21, 2014

Sew Well - Bunny Love:  Sew Fun Book Review and Giveaway

2014 appears to be the year of polyfill (the stuffing, not the code) here on Sew Well.  Dragons, pillows, and now bunnies.  I miss sewing garments, but how could I pass up making these cute little bunnies out of nice well behaving cotton after my failed experiments in silk the last few weeks?

Just like last week, this post needs a bit of backstory.  In honor of March being National Craft Month, I was sent a review copy of Sew Fun: 20 Projects for the Whole Family by Deborah Fisher thanks to F+W Media Distribution and Interweave.

Sew Fun

It’s a sewing-for-children book, and I wasn’t sure what to expect being new to this whole having-children-to-sew-for game.  But, I was very pleasantly surprised at what I found inside.  The book begins by discussing ways in which you can make sewing fun for the whole family, including ways to introduce the sewing machine to young ones and ideas to keep “sewing space interlopers” busy while you’re working on a project.  It also details the tools and techniques that are used in the book, from basic sewing supplies to embroidery stitches (I finally know how to make a French knot!) and more. Then it launches into five chapters devoted to different themes:  wear, play, celebrate, love, and rest.  Each chapter has four different projects associated with it.  For example, chapter one, Wear, describes how to go about making capes, slippers, bags, and chenille boas.  And, to help you get started, full-scale patterns for the projects can be found in the back of the book.

My favorite chapter was chapter four, Love, which is all about making dolls.  The author, Deborah Fisher, grew up making dolls, and it shows in this chapter.  She teaches you how to make a doll from all those scraps you’ve been saving over the years, then she steps it up a bit with a pattern for a 28″ tall doll with a sculpted nose and a hand sewn wardrobe (including instructions for how to make matching capes, slippers, and boas to those found in chapter one!).  The third project in this chapter is the lion seen above on the cover.  What a mane that guy has!  And, finally, there is the Little Smiles Bunny.

Sew Well - Bunny Love:  Sew Fun Book Review and Giveaway

This little guy seemed right up my alley.  The perfect amount of cutting and sewing for my busy schedule these days.  I ended up making two since I thought it would be sweet for my baby girl and my niece (who lives a block and a half from us now that we moved to Seattle!) to have cousin bunnies.

The instructions have you cut then embroider then sew, which means you have a lot of control when you’re making the cute little bunny face.  They also suggest how you can involve young ones.  For example, for these bunnies the book suggests little sewing helpers could pick out the fabrics or add some of the stuffing.  My little one is too little to do either, but I imagine those are more than reasonable tasks to encourage a bit of family fun while sewing with older children.

I cut the fabric for both bunnies at the same time, using left over fabric from my husband’s shirt for the body of the bunnies and choosing different but similar quilting cottons for the ears. But, instead of sewing one them at the same time, I sewed them up one after the other.  I’m glad I didn’t assembly-line sew them since I was able to use what I learned while making the first to improve the second.

Sew Well - Bunny Love:  Sew Fun Book Review and Giveaway

For bunny number one (above) I took tight turns around the legs, arms, and neck, which resulted in lots of pulling away from those spots once they were stuffed with polyfill.  For bunny number two (below) I took the turns more gently where I could.  Bunny number one’s ears were stitched on, ripped out, stitched on again, ripped out again, and then stitched on a third time.  Bunny number two’s ears went on correctly the first try.  Bunny number two was also stuffed to the dickens since bunny number one didn’t end up quite a full as the bunnies in the book.  Even when I didn’t think any more stuffing would fit into bunny number two, I shoved more in anyway.  I also used two different hand sewing techniques to stitch the two bunnies closed, both of which were detailed in the book, and the second of which is more invisible.

Sew Well - Bunny Love:  Sew Fun Book Review and Giveaway

I think the two bunnies are really cute, and I’d actually be excited to try out the majority of the projects in the book, even without a young one old enough to help out.  It’s definitely not super glossy wardrobe sewing, but it is cute and fun!

Sew Well - Bunny Love:  Sew Fun Book Review and Giveaway

If you’d like to make your own Little Smiles Bunny or have a little one you’re excited to sew with, you’re in luck!  F+W Media Distribution and Interweave are giving away one copy of Sew Fun: 20 Projects for the Whole Family to one lucky reader (retail $26.99)!  If you’d like to be entered into the drawing, just leave a comment below letting me know. I’ll pick a winner at random next Friday, March 28th at 7 am PDT. Good luck!

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41 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2014 7:27 am

    My 2 year old saw the picture and immediately set I want bunny! So I guess I’d better enter the contest!

  2. Tina Spear permalink
    March 21, 2014 7:34 am

    Thanks for this opportunity. I teach sewing to 11 little girls & this would be great for project ideas for them.

  3. Ruth Meek permalink
    March 21, 2014 7:46 am

    I have four grandchildren who love handmade stuffed critters from Grandma Ruthie!! I would love to win the book & make them some bunnies!

  4. March 21, 2014 7:46 am

    Super cute! What a nice switch from clothes to kids. You’ll have fun with this. It looks like a great book to own.

  5. March 21, 2014 8:13 am

    what a great picture – baby girl is already good at posing for sewing/fashion shots! very cute bunnies. Don’t enter me in the drawing – someone else will get more use from the book.

  6. March 21, 2014 8:30 am

    awwwdorable

  7. March 21, 2014 8:36 am

    What a cutie!

    I need bunnies in my life! I wouldn’t mind giving a go at the book :)

  8. Donna Van Gundy permalink
    March 21, 2014 8:56 am

    Who couldn’t love a bunny? Looks like a fun project!

  9. March 21, 2014 9:04 am

    Aw, she’s sooo cute! So are the bunnies :) Count me out of this giveaway, I don’t yet have enough children in my circle to move past hand-knitted baby paraphernalia!

  10. March 21, 2014 9:20 am

    I’d love it if for no other reason than tips on how to keep the “interlopers” at bay!

  11. Kylie permalink
    March 21, 2014 9:38 am

    My 8 yr old daughter loves crafty, but not so much sewing. Maybe this book will make sewing more fun for her

  12. March 21, 2014 9:41 am

    These are so cute ( baby and bunnies!!) and remind me of a little bunny I made for my daughter many years ago.

  13. March 21, 2014 9:43 am

    My older daughter has this checked out from the library right now and we would love our own copy! The landscape play rug project in the book is amazing!

  14. auraoriano permalink
    March 21, 2014 10:27 am

    What fun that you got to try out two and use different techniques on each! You are a prolific sewer despite being a new mom – bravo!

  15. March 21, 2014 10:38 am

    I think this is the first picture of baby girl, am I correct? If so, she’s adorable!!

  16. March 21, 2014 10:49 am

    They’re so cute! But not quite as cute as your little girl. =) I’d love to be entered in the giveaway for the book.

  17. March 21, 2014 11:33 am

    Adorable! My almost-2-year-old already loves playing with fabric, so I think this book would be a great addition to my sewing library.

  18. March 21, 2014 11:57 am

    I love the expression this kid’s face. “Really? Bunnies? I ask for an unlimited supply of candy and airplane rides and you give me bunnies? We need to talk.”

    Hahahahaha!

  19. March 21, 2014 11:58 am

    The lion is so cute and I love to make tays for the little ons around me, almost as if it was made for me.

  20. dietcouture permalink
    March 21, 2014 12:58 pm

    Your little girl is so adorable! This book is definitely up my alley and is on my Amazon wish list. There are a couple of projects that my 6 year old would enjoy, as will #2 that is currently in the works!

  21. Liisa permalink
    March 21, 2014 1:18 pm

    Your kid is so cute! Happy little girl with cute rabbits!

  22. Kat Rice permalink
    March 21, 2014 2:58 pm

    I have a niece who needs an operation in the next few months, she’s 4 months old and I think she could do with an army of bunnies to keep her company while she’s there. I’d love to win this, thankyou so much for giving us all the chance! Your little one is too cute for words with her bunny pals :)

  23. March 21, 2014 3:36 pm

    Would love this! The bunnies would look so cute in the nursery I’m working on for our soon-to-be little girl. :)

  24. March 21, 2014 5:10 pm

    So sweet!! The bunnies are cute but that adorable baby steals the show :)

  25. March 21, 2014 6:57 pm

    I would love to be entered. I have a grand baby due in September and I would love to make some cool things for him or her

  26. katemcivor permalink
    March 21, 2014 7:17 pm

    omg…she is such a cute baby! And, I love the bunnies!

  27. Kat permalink
    March 21, 2014 7:27 pm

    No need to enter me, but just wanted to say your little one is adorable and so are those cute bunnies!

  28. March 21, 2014 8:57 pm

    Your little girl is so cute!! (Don’t have to enter me in the draw, thank you.)

  29. March 22, 2014 12:22 am

    This book sounds brilliant, thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to win this & try & encourage the same love of craft in my son that my mum encouraged in me.

  30. March 22, 2014 3:25 am

    Oh I would love a copy.

  31. March 22, 2014 5:51 am

    Yes, you can enter me in the drawing, Sounds like a great book.

  32. March 22, 2014 6:05 am

    Thanks for a chance at the book :)

  33. Geo P permalink
    March 22, 2014 6:42 pm

    I’ve always wanted to make a plushie for my son – no idea where to start

  34. March 22, 2014 7:52 pm

    Ola, How Are U Guys Doing? Your Lil Girl IS Looking Super adorable! The Bunny seems Cute N Simple EnouGh For Me To Try My Hands On With Help From My Little Guy! He Has A Bunch Of Littler Cousins That We Can Make Some For too. We Would Love To win THe Book.. :)

  35. Daryl permalink
    March 23, 2014 12:00 pm

    The projects in this book look super-cute – I’d love to make those lions! Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. March 26, 2014 3:32 am

    These projects look adorable! I would love to be entered!

  37. Barbara Goldberg permalink
    March 26, 2014 9:33 am

    thanks for the heads-up on a fun and practical book for the whole family.

  38. Carole permalink
    March 26, 2014 7:21 pm

    I’d love to win the book – your baby girl and the bunnies – so cute!

  39. Jenna O permalink
    March 28, 2014 12:31 am

    Oh I´d love this book! :)

  40. March 28, 2014 11:37 pm

    I would love to have a go at the patterns in the book, I think I could handle them. Thanks.

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