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!!!

 

161 comments

Every once in awhile I wonder, "What am I, a grown woman with a grown child, going to do with Maggie Bunny?" and then I answer, "I'm going to love her." Simple as that!

Just ordered mine. I am so excited. I have sewn for years and years, just learned to knit. With this project I can do it all!

She's darling!

Auntie Allyn says: March 01, 2013 at 07:57 AM

Hooray! I've been watching the site all morning; now that I've ordered my very own bunny kit, I can get on with the rest of the day's business!

I'm pretty sure that just deciding which dress fabric/yarn combo to choose could take DAYS. So so lovely, all of them!

i just ordered the pattern. my girls are in college, but i'll send this along for easter. i'm going to use fabric from a favorite childhood dress! thank you for sharing this cute design.

Oh I so want to be a good hand seamstress.
:( I am practicing but will never get the hang of such nimble work.
I am dying to sew one of these up, they are just too adorable for words!
Amy

Yay! Ordered for my girls' Easter gifts!!

i'm 63 years old and i just ordered a bunny all for ME
thank you so much alicia, can't wait to make her
susan x

My goodness, Alicia! So cute! How to choose? Clearly, I didn't. Despite the fact that I've never assembled anything like these before, I ordered 3, for three precious girls in my life. Tempted to order another for my mother. I am insane...but I can't wait to get started!

You know it is great when you can make a 53 year old feel excited like it's almost Christmas, been counting the days and so hard to chose the fabric but I did it!!! Can Not wait for the mail. Alicia I don't know how you do it with a new baby,but Thank You!! Kisses to Miss Amelia :)

Just ordered two bunnies-the fabrics are all so lovely that I had a hard time choosing. Now to wait for the mailman next week.

Oh my darling Aries is so excited! We just ordered our bunny in Betsy - her first choice. She is off to her kindergarten class now, beaming. This will be our first real sewing project together...thanks for creating such a lovely kit for this memory.

So lovely! Boxford and Betsy are my favorite colorways. It must have been fun coming up with all of the names!

Gah! Too many lovely choices!!!
This is going to take some nail-biting-time.
(But, I do love these kind of dilemmas. Thank you very much!)

Well this is exciting! Thanks again for your lovely design, I can't wait for my kit!

i've ordered my little bun-friend and am so excited. thank you for this cute little project - makes me feel like a little kid again! the first is for me, but i'm already making a mental list of all the little girls in my life that might like a bunny for christmas.

HeatherNicole says: March 01, 2013 at 08:31 AM

Ordered mine! Being on the east coast and waiting until nearly lunch time to order was an exercise in patience. This first one will be for my Big Girl for Easter. There will surely be another for Little Sister before she arrives in May.

I have been stung badly with import tax to uk on several occasions! bleugh...(I don't mind paying but it is alway SOOOO much money and I get upset that the seller doesn't even get it - its the tax man and for what exactly?)
and yes I totally understand the no rhyme nor reason!
Anyone ordering from the UK any ideas as to whether we are likely to get stung? Or if you have before?

Thanks in advance for any advice from anyone...

I just adore Liberty fabrics... for my christmas my dearly beloved got me the liberty print barbour coat! for dog walking of course - and it is truly gorgeous :)

Loving the bunnies xx and looking forward to adding some to this happy household :)

Big thanks and hugs Paulson Clan :)

Sunflower Fairy says: March 01, 2013 at 08:32 AM

Utterly adorable. Even more exciting - accessories in the pipeline - oh happy days:-)

Thank you Alicia.

Thank you Thank you Thank you! I have ordered Miss Betsy after counting the days and waiting all morning. I can't wait to make her.

Love these! I just ordered, and I can't wait to get mine. Thank you so much for making them available to us!

UGH! The choices. Hmmm...do I ask my daughter or not.

Just ordered my bunny in Boxford....so looking forward to her and her future outfits!

Four little girls really *need* four little bunnies. And with more outfits to come??? Even better! I can't wait! Thank you so much, Alicia.

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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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