Miss Maggie Rabbit

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***UPDATE, 3/1/13 at 6:53 p.m.: I am so sorry but the kits have just sold out. I know people are going to be really disappointed and I sincerely apologize. They went faster than I ever anticipated and I just really apologize if you didn't get to order one. We will be making more but not in time for you to make them for Easter. Thank you so much to everyone who ordered these kits. I'm truly overwhelmed. Please stay tuned and I will update you as to when we will have more kits (later this spring, hopefully in March)! This is a kit I want to keep permanently in my shop, so although we will need some time to make more, we will make more!!!

If you would like a digital PDF pattern to download, they are available HERE.

Mags

Aw, here she is! Miss Maggie Rabbit. Well, her parts and pieces, at least. If you'd like to buy a kit to make her, her dress, her capelet, and her boots that can be arranged. First, though, you must decide which dress fabric (and coordinating yarn) you'd like. There are twelve to choose from:

MaggieBetsySOLDOUT

MaggieBoxfordSOLDOUT

MaggieClaireAudeSOLDOUT

MaggieEdenhamSOLDOUT

MaggieElysianSOLDOUT

MaggieEmiliasFlowersSOLDOUT

MaggieFeliciteSOLDOUT

MaggieKayokoSOLDOUT

MaggieMirabelleSOLDOUT

MaggiePoppyDaisySOLDOUT

MaggieTatumSOLDOUT

MaggieThorpeSOLDOUT

Pretty, no? I think so.

Now, to make Miss Maggie Rabbit, her dress, her boots, and her capelet, this kit includes:

For Maggie:

  • Two 6" x 7" (15cm x 18cm) pieces of National Nonwovens wool-blend felt in color #WCF2612 Sandstone 
  • Two 6" x 9" (15cm x 23cm) pieces of National Nonwovens wool-blend felt in color #WCF2612 Sandstone
  • One 4" x 5" (10cm x 13cm) piece of Liberty Tana Lawn cotton in Eloise (Pink)

For her dress:

  • Two 9" x 14" (23cm x 36cm) pieces of Liberty Tana Lawn cotton
  • One yard (91cm) elastic thread

For her boots:

  • One 5" x 8" (13cm x 20cm) piece of National Nonwovens wool-blend felt in color #TOY2616 Havana Gold

For her capelet:

  • 40 yards (10g) of Brown Sheep Nature Spun sport-weight yarn
  • Three colors of 6-ply DMC cotton embroidery floss: #647 (Tan), #3021 (Dark Brown), and #823 (Navy)

 As well as:

  • Stitching instructions with photos
  • Embroidery tutorial
  • Knitting pattern
  • Pattern templates

You will need to have your own:

  • Size US5 (3.75mm) knitting needles
  • Size #5 embroidery needle for stitching rabbit
  • Size #18 darning needle for elastic thread
  • Water-erase fabric marker
  • Paper scissors, sharp fabric scissors, and sharp-tipped embroidery scissors
  • Sewing machine and thread to match dress fabric
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Wool batting and hemostats for stuffing Maggie
  • Pink stamp pad and small, short-bristled paintbrush
  • Spray starch, and spray bottle with water

Now that you know all that (I just wanted to make sure you knew all that), here is the link!

MISS MAGGIE RABBIT SOFTIE KIT, $34

And if you have your own supplies and you'd like only a downloadable digital PDF pattern (a link to which will be made immediately available to you upon completion of payment), it is available HERE.

Here are some other things I wanted to tell you:

  • Miss Maggie is a special bunny, and not meant to be played with by unsupervised babies or small children who might swallow her boots or her capelet, or chew off an ear or a leg. Please use your judgement and watch your baby or child carefully when they are playing with handmade softies, or any toys with smaller parts.
  • As I mentioned last week, there is not nor will there be a separate pattern or a kit for a boy bunny. But you can easily make a boy bunny from this pattern (or the kit) by leaving off the blushy cheeks and lining the ears with a more boyish fabric (stripes, plaid, gingham, polka-dots) of your own. I am developing new patterns for pants, sweaters, shirts, and other garments for both Maggie and her brother bunnies that will be available separately as downloadable PDFs. I'm not promising that they will be available before Easter, though. I'll try, but I can't promise.
  • Unfortunately, I cannot make any substitutions for yarn or fabrics included in the kits. They are all completely assembled down to the last piece of fabric, and we are ready to ship immediately. As I develop new knitting patterns, I will be offering skeins of the yarn I've used for the garments in my shop. I'll be carrying over a dozen colors so there will be plenty of choices there. I won't be carrying fabric separately. Only kits, patterns, and yarn.
  • The bunny and boots are completely hand-sewn with 2-plies of embroidery floss and blanket stitch (this is a great tutorial). The dress is machine-sewn, with a row of running stitches at the neckline and cuffs to gather. The capelet is knitted in garter stitch with short rows (and for these short rows, I just turn the work and start knitting back — no wrapping or anything else). Very easy. It's hard for me to say whether this is a good project for every beginner, but, you know — it's a softie, not national defense, so my best advice these days is just give it a try and have fun with it! Just relax and practice and enjoy it.

Okay, I think that's it. If there are more questions about bunny kits, please leave them in the comments and I will come back and answer them here. If you have general questions about ordering, shipping, shipping overseas, etc., please check my FAQ page.

Thank you again for all of your sweetness and enthusiasm for this little darling. I really can't tell you how much I appreciate it. Thank you. Xoxoxo

***Please take a few moments to make sure you are putting everything you want to order in your cart, and that you have your correct address listed. The only way I can change your order once it's been placed is to cancel/refund it and have you place a new one with the correct items. My system does not allow me to modify or add to orders once they've been placed. Thank you!!!

 

163 comments

They look precious. Love the fabric. And love the quote "it's a softie, not national defense" even more. :)

So pleased that these have gone so well for you! They are AWESOME! I have little skill in these areas - so I just drool over your photos :)

Wow! That was fast. Please do make more, and I'll place my order—whatever time of year!

Just saw I could order the pattern too. Yippee! Did you use 100% wool felt for the body? congrats on the sale of this special bunny!

I was so excited about getting my bunny kit ordered I forgot to post here! I got the red yarn one and I was tempted to get the one just like you made...they were ALL gorgeous combinations. I posted about it on my blog using your pics and a link to your site. I made sure I ordered mine first though! LOL! I KNEW they would sell out! Just ask me next time! Ha! Ha! I had people on my blog telling me they went to order and they were gone! Good for you! Keep 'em chopping at the bit...oh, that means I'll be chomping too! Don't rush yourself. We are all adults...sort of and can wait. Plus, I'm so slow but just knowing it will arrive this week has me clearing my calendar and my sewing area so I can get "down to business" when she arrives! Thank you so much! I haven't been this excited in a long time! LOL!
Take care!

anna dorothy says: March 04, 2013 at 03:39 PM

I want one so badly..for myself. Also, I'd like to make boy ones for my lil guys..and then if I ever have a girl, she can have mine. those sold out quick! Which is awesome for you! But I'm glad they will come back in the shop. It's worth the wait! Must have this kit! I've wanted all your kits and have yet to get one.

Oh no! I missed the boat! I think the pattern is beautiful and the fabric choices are so tasteful. I will look out for the next batch. I'd love to make one for my daughter who is 6 months old. Everytime I grumble about her not sleeping or squawking like a kestral, I visit your blog to read all the lovely, thankful, nice things you say about your little girl and then I feel guilty for grumbling and buck up my ideas!

Jan Richards says: March 08, 2013 at 06:39 PM

I'm so excited to receive my kit for Maggie Bunny in poppy and daisy. I am a 66 year old grandma of 5 and
am making the bunny for me. If the two youngest grandgirls seem excited about her and her clothes
.....there may be two more Maggie bunnies in our future.
Thanks for all you do and hugs to Amelia...she is a doll.

I just finished my Maggie and I think she's perfect! She's going to my sister who's about to welcome her first little one. A special gift for a special occasion. Thank you so much for sharing her.

Kathleen Ch. says: March 25, 2013 at 08:25 PM

The wonder of a new bunny! I've downloaded the pattern - pdf patterns - a fantastic idea! (for those of us , impatient ones). I've ordered the felt from etsy - sweet emma jean ( i will have to wait for that). And now, i'll wait for the instructions for the knitted hoodie for my soon to be new bunny!

Yes, I'm an adult; yes, I still love bunnies(unless they eat my strawberries in the garden!)

I'm not a grandmother yet, but I'm pretty sure my 'name' is gonna be bunnie.

so i know you are busy, with that cutie pie little darling of yours. and all your crafting, blogging, etc. I surely do hope that Miss Maggie Bunny 's hoodie will show up on your blog - so I can zip over and buy the pdf instructions.

thanks for your cuteness!

It's a beautiful, beautiful pattern. Thank you for designing such a cutie! Here's my two, if you fancy a little look:-

http://sandra-cherryheart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/meet-matilda-and-molly.html

I fell in love with Maggie so long ago but the only hand sewing I have ever done is binding quilts so I was nervous. Yet every time I read the blog and see a Maggie or sibling in the background I just want to make one so badly. I finally caved when you posted that they were available again just before Easter and ordered one for my brother's daughter for her birthday. I spent Sunday afternoon sewing the dress and starting Maggie. I am hooked. I need to make some for all the little girls in my life!

Hi, I've been looking through web tutorials and various blog posts for a few hours and am absolutely stumped: does anyone have some images of how they gathered the neckline for the dress, or a related web tutorial? I have been working on Miss Juniper Kitty, and everything was going swimmingly until I got to that part. The instructions don't have a picture of that step, and every tutorial I can find about gathering necklines has you just pulling the threads of stitches, not using elastic. Do you somehow loop the elastic through the running stitch? Just a single picture of this step would be a big help! I'm a very experienced knitter and quilter (although obviously do not sew garments lol), so I'm sure if I had any info beyond "gather the neck edge on the elastic" I'd be able to figure it out.

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and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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