DIY Baby Toy and Photo Prop

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  March 26, 2013 — 3 Comments

I’ve never been big on fancy photo shoots for Jack. Every month on his birthday I lay him down on an attractive surface and snap away until I get a good smiling shot, but this month with the 29th being Good Friday I feel like I really want to do an Easter-themed photo session. And what fun is a themed photo shoot without a few props? I got inspired by these linen bunnies yesterday morning and whipped something similar up in no time for zero dollars. I’m not planning on taking Jack’s Easter photo until later this week, but I thought I’d go ahead and post about the bunny now in case any of you mamas out there want to try making one yourself.

I started by freehanding a bunny silhouette with pencil and paper. The tutorial linked above included a template but it required some sort of premium membership to somewhere to print it out so I just drew my own.

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Then I cut it out and traced it onto some canvas (painter’s drop cloth left over from any one of a number of projects). Notice how I had the fabric folded in two layers so that when I cut it out in the next step I’d be cutting both sides of the bunny at once.

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Next I cut out Mr. Bunny and sandwiched him between two layers of plastic (an empty cereal bag). This ensures Mr. Bunny is delightfully crinkly, pretty much guaranteeing that Jack will love him forever. I used a few pins to fasten the layers together, then sewed around the edges and cut off the excess.

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Looking pretty sharp, Mr. Bunny.

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Unfortunately it all went downhill once I tried to turn him right side out. I should have just sewn him right side out and let the edges be funky. It’s how things ended up anyway. The ears were way too skinny to turn gracefully so I ended up having to open them up, then I filled them each with a little stuffing and sewed them back shut. I stuffed the rest of Sir Bunny from the hole I’d left in the bottom (I used tissue paper as stuffing. I had some in my gift wrap stash and it added extra crinkle fun), then sewed back up the bottom and bam, Mr. Bunny was complete in all his imperfect homemade glory.

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Jack doesn’t care if it looks extra rustic. It crinkles and I let him eat it, and those are the only two things that really matter.

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If I had it to do all over again I’d cut my fabric much more generously and use the shape that I traced onto the fabric as a guide for my stitches instead of cutting along it. Or I would have just sewn it right-side-out and let it have rough edges. It’s definitely not an heirloom quality toy and it may or may not look cute in his pictures later this week (I’m thinking carrots may make an appearance as well, btw), but Jack likes it so I’m happy.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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3 responses to DIY Baby Toy and Photo Prop

  1. Well…the baby on the new rug look SMASHING together.

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