In the Hoop Jointed Bunny Rabbit Design


This vintage-style Bunny Rabbit with jointed limbs and head can be posed in many charming ways.  Make a few for Easter, or Spring Decor. Or gift them to your favorite Bunny Lover.  Two ear styles are included for three sizes of Bunny Rabbit.

  • Your machine stitches most of the seams with a bit of hand stitching needed at the end to close the seams openings and attach the muzzle and ears.
  • Don’t worry – it’s easier than you think!  People won’t believe you created this bunny from scratch.
  • Complete Instructions with color photos are included.
  • Includes 3 sizes: (measured from feet to top of head, excluding ears)
    • SMALL Bunny for 4×4 hoops (100 x 100 mm) stands 7.5″ tall when completed (19 cm)
    • MEDIUM Bunny for 5×7 hoops (130 x 180 mm) stands 11.5″ tall when completed (28 cm)
    • LARGE Bunny for 6×10″ hoops  (150 x 240 mm) stands 13″ tall when completed (34 cm)  and fits Viking and Bernina 6×10 without resizing
  • Includes 2 ear options – one for raw edge applique and one with knockdown stitches that give a neat shading effect on the inner ear fur.
  • See the “Supplies Needed” tab for a shopping list of what you’ll need.
  • All designs are digital downloads for embroidery machines.  Files will be available immediately after purchase on a download page.
  • Estimated time to complete: 2-4 hours depending on skill level
  • Estimated Skill Level: intermediate (rating based on multiple hoopings, doll joints, firm stuffing, and hand stitching.

Be sure to check the tabs above for more info like Supplies, and Specs



Your downloaded .ZIP file will include multiple sizes and machine formats in case you upgrade your machine to a bigger hoop or different brand, you’ll still be able to use these designs! 

The .ZIP file contains these machine file formats:

VP3 Viking format

And comes in sizes for these hoops:

5 by 76 by 104 by 4

Number of Hoopings for this project:  5 (Ears, Head, body, arms, legs)

Documents included in your download:

    • PDF instructions with clear color photos you can zoom in on (while viewing on computer or tablet)
    • License file (commercial use allowed, you can sell the dolls you make)
    • PDF design details for each design
    • Photo of finished project

Max purchase quantity = 1

Supplies Needed

Tools Needed:
• Embroidery machine (TIP – a size 14 needle may stitch better through multiple layers of thick fabrics)
• Sharp fabric scissors
• Hemostats or other turning tool for turning and stuffing the bunny
• Long doll needle and strong thread for closing the seam openings and attaching the muzzle.

Materials Needed:
• Bunny Fabrics: See note below about fabric choices.
—->  Small bunny: ¼ yard, or 3 sheets of craft felt
—->  For medium bunny: ¼ yard
—->  For large bunny: 1/3 yard
• The bunny requires 5 hoopings. And each hooping will need 2 layers of fabric the same size as the hoop.
• Lightweight Cut-away or tear-away machine embroidery stabilizer for each hooping. See note in fabric choices below.
• Embroidery thread and bobbin to match your fabric, plus black for facial features
• Fiberfill stuffing
• Scrap of water or heat soluble stabilizer to use under the face detail stitches
• 5 sets of locking doll joints, or 4 buttons if button joints are preferred. (joint sizes: small bunny works better with button joints. Medium bunny uses 20-30mm joints. Large bunny uses 30-40mm joints)
• About fabric choices: This bunny was tested using felt, fuzzy felt, fleece, and short pile faux furs.  Car Wash Cloth from Dollar Tree was used to make the large white bunny in the photos – uses 2-3 cloths for under $4 of material!   Use of other fabrics may affect how easily the doll stitches and turns right-side-out. Please keep your fabric choices in mind when making any ITH doll. If using fabrics that stretch – no-show mesh stabilizer is recommended in the hoop and also a 2nd layer over the top before stitching seams to prevent distortion when stuffing the doll. For fabrics that don’t stretch, tear-away can be used in the hoop (bottom) and removed after pieces are stitched and cut out. If making the small bunny in 4×4” hoops, heavy fabrics are not recommended because the small parts will be hard to turn. Felt or fleece are better choices for the small size bunny.

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