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

I was able to order my Maggie kit early yesterday and can't wait to start sewing. The sale of these charming rabbits reminded me of those folks on Black Friday who line up hours before the doors open. I am so pleased with your overwhelming success because I believe that talented individuals like you, rather than large impersonal companies, should be able to profit from their abilities. So glad to have found your blog and look forward to more of your offerings.

These bunnys are soooooooo cute ,i am making one with mummy and my little sister is realy realy excited about hers,
From Lara,( age 9)

P.s. Can bunnys wear berets and mittens ? We'd love a pattern for those if you were to write some new patterns after easter :0)

Congratulations!!! I have to say I think it's so awesome to see your items zing out so quickly. Your designs are incredible and apparently everyone else thinks so too. :) Go Alicia!!

Congratulations on the huge success of Miss Maggie Rabbit! She's living up to her breed's capabilities. Well done. I'm sure you/she has made many people very happy. She's beautiful. Love Katie x

I thought I was the only one being weird and wanting this for myself even though I should be making it for my daughter. Congratulations on selling out and it's great that you're making more as people are clearly obsessed by your adorable bunny.

Oh my gosh, so adorable! I forgot to check the site yesterday but I'm so happy the bunnies are a success! I have no time to sew anyway so we'll be happy to wait for the kits in the future:)

Oh man! Sold out already! I missed the boat. I've been thinking about this bunny all week! Bummer. Can I get on the waiting list for the next batch? we are portland local, not sure if that helps any...

Chesapeake Jane says: March 02, 2013 at 05:49 PM

So happy for you, so sad for me. I really thought with your promises that there would be enough and not to worry.... Should have taken the day off from work to watch you site. Oh well. Can we get on a wait list? I would be happy to pre-pay. Congratulations on your success. Sniff sniff.

I was so bummed! But I will await the next batch! Thanks Alicia for all the fun.
Paula

Alicia, this pattern is so lovely. Just ordered the PDF (missed out on the kits!) and can't wait to start stitching. I've been feeling the need to change up my environment, and I think a Maggie bunny might be just the thing to top it all off!

PS - you assemble such lovely kits. I know they must be time-consuming and labor intensive, but you have a real gift for selecting fabrics and yarns, I hope you continue to offer these.

Oh no! Silly time difference! :(

I'm so pleased they are so popular Alicia, that's amazing. I didn't get the fabric I wanted but I know (from the ornaments 3 years in a row) that your patterns are great, so I'll make with a few additions to my stash. Advantage of buying the pattern - I don't have to wait for delivery, I get sewing tomorrow!

Dear Alicia,

Would you consider making boy bunny kits at some point? Would love it for my little boys.

Hallie

where do you get such wonderful fabric? I can never find any descent floral fabric!

I missed out on the kits, too, as they had sold out when I got off work on Friday. I did order the pattern from you and the wool blend felt elsewhere to make one anyway! So excited! Are you going to be able to provide crochet instructions for us folks who don't knit, and barely crochet?? That would be helpful...

Thanks for all the hard works putting the kits together...it must have been exciting to see them go so fast!! She is awesome!!!

Cindy Pittman says: March 03, 2013 at 09:27 AM

Well , the debut of Maggie Bunny and the subsequent "sold out" is all so exciting. I hope you do sense that we "of your blog friends" are truly happy for your incredible vision, unique creativity, sweet portrayal of life, and now this huge success! Alicia, you just illicit that kind of devotion and well-wishing from so many. You do that through your incredible kindness, hopefulness, quality, and professionalism.

The rate at which you are sending these kits out is amazing! (I know because mine is already in the mail....what?? :) Please don't overdo. That would be the last thing we would want. Your joy of creating is so evident, I wouldn't want anything to change that.

Wishing you rest and joy in the midst of all your busyness!!

I am very happy I started stalking your site early on Friday. My 10 year old daughter, and I can't wait to work on our bunnies together :) She chose Felicite, and when my first choice of Betsy sold out, I knew I'd better make a decision quickly! I chose Emilia. Thank you for offering such sweet kits! I'm already planning on making boy bunnies for each of my sons as well. Looking forward to the patterns for bunny clothes :) Happy weekend!

congratulations, alicia and company! you just wrote the other day that you had made "lots" and here you are sold out. i am sure there are some disappointed folks, but my compliments go out to you. i haven't commented in a while, but i delight every day watching your sweet little girl grow and reading how much joy she brings into your and andy's lives. i am still in florence learning new stuff all the time and watching my own grandchildren change every day. love, emily c xo

Linda Young says: March 03, 2013 at 11:39 AM

I missed out on that! Wowza, you probably can't believe it. How wonderful! I will have to wait for the next go round of bunnies & be on top of things. Best wishes & a hug for Amelia.

sort of bummed you are all sold out..but Super excited for you that you are all sold out! We will wait until the next time...:)They are darling!

Congratulations on Maggie Bunny. She's a winner!

Hmmmm...i HAVE always been partial to "Mirabelle". Don't know why that particular print appeals to me!

sue collins says: March 03, 2013 at 05:24 PM

Your little bunnies have obviously touched many hearts...well done. Looking at the close up of your bunny's dress, I was thinking you could also run the gathering thread inside the hem you have machine sewn (as you would if it were elastic)...instead of doing the running stitch (under the hem). It gives you pretty much the same visual result.

Bummer on the update of the kits being sold out! :( BUT YAY!!!!! There will be more coming! :) I just got on this morning to order mine. I can't wait though:) They are so stinkin' cute I can't stand it!!! <3

Kristi Shreenan says: March 04, 2013 at 06:21 AM

While I missed out on a bunny kit, I will look forward to when you restock. I am so excited for you, Alicia! How wonderful to have touched so many people with your little bunster's sweetness! Hippity Hop!

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My name is Alicia Paulson
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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