What you need:
-8.5" x 11" of fabric (I used flannel so it would be a little softer, but you could use whatever you have)
-Sharp Crochet Hook (It goes through the fabric much easier than a normal crochet hook so you don't need to prepoke the holes or sew through it before crocheting... order it here: www.sharpcrochethook.com)
-string (I used Red Heart size 3 Crochet Thread in yellow)
-Ribbon (I used 3/4" grosgrain- pink with white dots)
-Fluff to stuff (I used left over polyester batting from a quilt I made a long time ago.)
-Bunny Pattern (use this picture, it should be about 8 1/4" tall.)
1. Cut fabric in shape of bunny- fold fabric in half lengthwise twice. Place pattern over double layer of fabric with dotted line on fold. Cut. There, you should have a front and a back side. That was easy!
2. Use the Sharp Crochet Hook to crochet the eyes and nose into one piece of fabric.
Here is a bit more info on how I did it: The face- I just drew it out with a pencil. Then I made a loop from the string and pulled it from the back to the front of the fabric with the hook, starting on the edge of an eye working towards the middle of the face. Then I pushed the hook through to the back leaving about 1/4" space, and grabbed the string and brought it back through to the front of the fabric and pulled it through the loop already on the hook. Does that make sense? Then you just repeat until you have covered the entire eye (about 5 stitches). You could easily make an oval shape if you wanted the bunny to have open eyes. When the eye is finished, you do a few chains stitches on on the back of the fabric to carry the string over to do the nose. Start on the top middle for the nose and work your way around it, then do a few more chains to carry the string on the back to the far part of the other eye, working towards the middle again. When the eye is finished, you tie the end and cut it.
You could also use this technique to monogram the back side of the bunny with an initial.
3. Lay both layers of fabric on top of each other with the right faces showing. Single crochet into fabric around perimeter every 1/4." I eyeballed my stitch placement, but you could easily use a pencil to mark it. Leave about 1/4" from the edge of the fabric. No, you don't need to machine sew it before hand, or prepoke holes for the crochet hook. It's done in just one easy step! Leave a three inch opening and stuff the fluff into the bunny.
4. Finish crocheting the edging, tie, cut ends and hide ends inside bunny. Tie a ribbon around it and give to someone to love. That's it! So easy!
FYI the ribbon should be sewn on or removed so it won't become a strangling hazard if you plan on giving this to a baby.
I hope you like it. Let me know what you think!