Monday, 16 May 2011

Recycled Sewing

Hello Lovelies , Hope you had a good weekend .
Thank you for all your comments on my last post. A few of you asked about the names of some of the flowers so I have now added them under each picture . Should have done this before but I was rushing to take the boys out .

Anyway back to my latest project , would you like to see what I've been up to ?



Oooops , too late ....


only joking here she is ....



Well , what else could it be but a bunny :0)
What do you think ?? I thought the stripy fabric ( that I salvaged from an old jacket of the boys ) lent it's self to lovely long limbs and I'd spotted some long legged bunnies similar to these ages ago so that was a little bit of inspiration that had lodged in my brain.

I used an old T.shirt for the pink of the ears and attached the limbs using some rather nice mother of pearl buttons I had in my stash....



I am really pleased how this worked out as the limbs are quite poseable instead of being fixed in one position.


I used this free online pattern as a basis for my Bunny , though the only piece I didn't alter was the body :0)


Now I'm sure you will agree she needs some clothes. First I made her a pretty dress.....


Maybe some of you recognise this thrifted curtain material that I also used HERE.
 Oh the joy of having a good excuse to make something so pretty and feminine , I Really enjoyed making this dress .I also added flowers around an ear....



I was having so much fun I decided to make her a little crochet jacket too .....



The variegated yarn I had in my stash was perfect for this project
and the pretty flower button was in my Santa swap parcel :0)

Here is the back......



I couldn't forget the cotton tail and a little message for my Niece.

She is eleven and we have also sent her some money for whatever she fancies , but I'm thinking that even today's sophisticated pre teens will still like a cute girly bunnie, hand made with love :0)



Even though I can see lots of bits I would change if I made another ( like slightly shorter arms ) I'm still pleased with the overall effect. My rusty sewing skills have been tested with this project . It's a lot more involved than the Cuddly Russian doll I made for my younger Niece.

For me a lot of the enjoyment and satisfaction of this project comes from the fact I was able to use mostly recycled supplies and turn them into something so pretty without having to go out and spend money . I like the whole " make do and mend " philosophy that our grand parents were masters of.They were "Green" before anyone had thought of that term :0)



I hope you lovelies can find some time for whatever craft makes you happy this week.


Jacquie x

66 comments:

  1. Beautiful work.. a lovely gift for an 11 year old. the little jacket is so cute :))

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  2. ohhh..es realmente precioso, he visto todas tus labores y son todas muy bonitas
    un saludo

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  3. She's just beautiful! You're very clever.
    Sandra x

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  4. oooh she's suer duper cute!!!
    Em xxxx

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  5. Oh Jacquie, she's gorgeous from the pink flowery ears to the jacket and dress . I would be over the moon if I made something this cute.

    Well done, what a wonderful gift. I'm sure she will loved and appreciated for many, many years.

    It's chilly as here, the sun has gone into hiding and the fog is swirling about . I looove it..........

    Hope you have a lovely sunny, Spring day to enjoy.

    Claire :}

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  6. She is just precious! I love all the little details you added with her clothes and accessories!

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  7. Jacquie - how sweet! She is just lovely...I love her little sweater and the flowers around her ear. I applaud your imagination and creativity!

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  8. Hi Jacquie , I think the bunny has turned out fantastic! I love the stripey fabric, and you have done really well with the very cute face! Great reuse, recycle project! Have a great week. Julie:)

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  9. I recently stumbled across your blog, and I thought I ought to tell you how lovely I find it. Your bunny is adorable! All the more so for using recycled materials. I've subscribed and look forward to following you.

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  10. Your bunny is just beautiful. I wish I was your niece. :) I love the little crochet jacket, just soooo cute.
    Anne xx

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  11. Oh my, she is adorable....did you name her?

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  12. Unbelievably adorable!!!!! I love it!!!
    I will attempt to make one for my grand daughter, her birthday is in June,
    Hopefully I can finish it by then.
    Tooooo cute!!!!!!

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  13. well done you!! I so agree with you, I love making things out of thrifed clothes...
    I may just go and peep at the pattern, it's my grand daughter's first birthday next month and I'm looking for some ideas..

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  14. A D O R A B L E :):):):) wonderful work Jacquie!
    Have a great week!
    Angie

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  15. Beautiful bunny - I love her and her pretty clothes and especially her cute little cotton tail! Bettyx

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  16. Oh wow, she looks amazing Jacquie! You really did a great job matching all the pieces you already had. Your niece must be delighted...
    Have a crafty week yourself too,
    love Maaike

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  17. oh, wow she is a stunner that curtain fabric was just perfect!

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  18. That little Miss Bunny is just gorgeous!!!

    Jo x

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  19. So sweet, and so wonderful that she is made from once loved items.

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  20. wow! what a lovely bunny- well done! x

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  21. O My goodness you clever lady she is truly adorable she will love her. I love the little dress and crochet jacket is beautiful and such a sweet touch with the flowers around her ear. awww well done its beautiful, dee x

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  22. Eek !! She's adorable, you are so clever, I love her jacket. xx

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  23. I just LOVE this bunny... you should be proud of your work. I wish I could get back into sewing when I see something like this. x

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  24. I think it's very clever and oh so pretty!!

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  25. She's gorgeous :) Lucky niece :)

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  26. Gorgeous Jacquie! Very cute - love your recycling know how! x

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  27. It´s so beautiful bunny. I like it!

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  28. That's gorgeous :) lucky little girl x

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  29. It is totally cute! Great job! Great idea! Bravo! :)

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  30. Such a gorgeous bunny, she will be much loved! xx

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  31. Oh my goodness... she is amazing!!! You are so talented. Truly! xx

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  32. She is adorable. Your niece is one very lucky lady.

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  33. Wow! Bunny is wonderful,clever you,love the little dress and crochet jacket :O well done!
    x ♥ x

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  34. Oh I have serious bunny love! So gorgeous. My favourite bit is the tail peeping out the back. I'm sure your niece will adore a bunny made so beautifully.

    xxx
    ps I like the long arms.

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  35. I don't know about a pre teen liking the bunny, but I would! She is so adorable in her pretty dress and jacket. Did you make the dress pattern up? I love everything about her right down to her cheekily showing her cute little cotton tail, and the message for your niece.

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  36. Ooh Jacquie, she's just gorgeous - you are clever. Your niece will absolutely love her.

    Hx

    PS. I'm just on the ears of the crocheted baby bunny following your tutorial! ;-)

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  37. Jacquie, your bunny looks so sweet. Your niece will simply adore her.

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  38. She is lovely. She can come and join all the bunnies at my house any time!

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  39. Oh, I LOVE her! If your eleven year old niece doesn't like her, I know a fifty four year old blog friend that would love her! Ha ha ha Does the child within EVER grow up? I think not! I just cannot get over how cute the repurposed jacket turned out! And while her clothes are adorable...you clever thing you!...I really like her unclothed! Very, very impressive work! x&o, Annette

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  40. Oh you sweet, beautiful bunny - you are so adorable! I would love to have you even I'm more than 11! You are going to make one girl very happy!

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  41. She's gorgeous! Can I pretend to be 11 again?! Cx

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  42. She is the loveliest handmade bunny i have seen for along time, her stripes are jus perfect and her cotton tail divine. Love her little dress andjacket too, I'm sure your neice wll be overwhelmed xox I'm with you on the make do and mend phiolosophy xox

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  43. She is so lovely I gasped!

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  44. Hi there! I'm a new follower of your blog!
    I love your bunny - so cute. The stripy material works perfectly!
    I look forward to following you!

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  45. *.:。✿ NICE!! ✿.。.:*
    C@ from Chile

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  46. She's gorgeous! I love her crochet jacket. I think any little girl would be thrilled to recieve such a lovely gift.

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  47. Oh you are so clever Jacquie! This bunny is amazing, so adorable! I love the little crochet jacket you made it, I wouldn't have the first clue how to do something like that. I'm sure your niece will love her!
    Jones x

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  48. Oh my! She is so sweet! I always save anything stripy that the girls have outgrown. I just love stripes.
    x

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  49. What an adorable bunny, I love all the little details: the flowers around the ear, the crochet jacket with the pretty flower button, etc. I'm 43 and I wouldn't mind getting one of these as a birthday present :-)

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  50. Wow I love her. I loved her without the clothes but then loved her even more when I saw her in the clothes!!!! Well done!!!!

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  51. Any young lady would be thrilled to recieve such a special gift. Love your 'make do and mend' philospohy, we all should take heed of that.

    Well done on such a super project, it's fab!

    Better not show my daughter this lovely, she'll be asking me to try and make one for her upcoming new baby LOL

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  52. oh she is just wonderful! And I love the clothes you've made for her. I want to make clothes for a bunny!!

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  53. Your bunny is so sweet. Very nice work.

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  54. How adorabunny! I'm 37 and I'd be Most happy to receive such a charming gift from an obviously very talented aunt. Wish I had a pinch of your skill.

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  55. Oh to be 11 again and have such a gorgeous bunny!

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  56. An amazing bunny - you clever thing! The recipient is sure to be thrilled to bits with something so lovingly made and unique. xx

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  57. What a sweet bunny, particularly love her cute dress, love your blog v inspiring

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  58. Oh my goodness! A sweet bunny in a daisy dress!!! Love!!

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  59. Adorable bunny... I made a sock monkey for my granddaughter a few months ago and I made a crocheted hat, scarf and skirt for her. Hugs, Teresa :-)

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  60. Wow!! She is just stunningly sweet!!!!

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