Finally at the start of 2015 I decided to turn the coat into a large, lop-eared bunny. I chose a pattern I had by "The Hughston Collection" based in Ontario, Canada.
The bunny was fun to make but working with fur is very messy and I had to be careful not to breathe in the tiny fur that flies once you cut into the fabric. I removed the coat lining and broke the coat up into manageable pieces, backing each piece with iron-on interfacing to stabilize it and make it easier to cut out the pattern pieces. Once the pattern pieces were cut, I zigzagged each piece before stitching the pieces together to stabilize the cut edges.
I used the mink collar for her belly and part of her bunny tail. The ears, nose and paw pads are from a faux ultra suede. The muzzle is from a soft ivory "minky" fur (I would have used the mink but there was not enough for both the belly and the muzzle).
I am very pleased with the final result:
|Sofia-Marie, sits at 20" tall, fully reclined she is 25".
|A close-up of her face showing her blue glass eyes
|Back of bunny showing her mink and minty tail. The "gold" key in her back turns on her music box that plays "Down by the Old Mill Stream"