Friday, 13 December 2013

A Rabbit For Bella


I have spent every evening for the last week or so stitching. Also cutting, stuffing, knitting and using the sewing machine, but mainly stitching, and this is the result. This will be Bella's Christmas present, a Miss Maggie rabbit which I ordered back in September from Alicia Paulson's shop


Isn't it lovely? I think it's one of the most delightful things I've made. I honestly enjoyed every stage; hand sewing and stuffing the body, knitting the cape and machine sewing the dress. At times it was fiddly and the pattern challenged me but - perversely - this just made me enjoy the whole project even more and made my satisfaction in completing it all the greater. 


At almost seven, I think Bella will soon be outgrowing toys like this and so it needed to be made sooner rather than later. I think one of the best things about this rabbit is the clothes and the way she can be dressed and undressed.


As well as wool felt for the body, the kit contains a piece of Liberty tana lawn fabric for a dress, some coordinating yarn for a cape, and felt for the boots.


I think this dress may be the first actual garment of clothing I've made. The elasticated neck and cuffs make it very easy to remove.


And the boots...ah, the boots. They have little thread laces which actually lace up! Very cute.


The best thing is that, now I have the pattern, I can make more rabbits! And different dresses with different capes, and possibly another pair of boots in a bright colour. I've just had a look in the shop and see that there are now patterns for trousers, shirts and little knitted coats and sweaters too...this could all be very dangerous indeed. I think I will have to make at least one more dress; surely the pleasure in dressing and undressing a doll or soft toy is in the choosing of the outfits? If I finish making all my other gifts in time (ha!), I'll try and make another dress at least. And maybe a scarf.

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Thank you for all your wonderful suggestions for winter plants! A few of you mentioned Christmas Box, Dogwood and winter flowering Jasmine, and I have a long list of others including Stipa Gigantea, Photina, Viburnum Tinus Eve Price, Midwinter Fire (what a beautiful name!), Cotoneaster, Variegated Ivy, Agapanthus, Viburnum and Daphne Odora.  I really appreciate your thoughts and input, and will be taking all these names with me to the garden centre in the spring.

And now I need an early night as tomorrow is Bella's birthday and I am hosting a "making and baking" party for ten six and seven year olds. I may need a stiff drink after that.






63 comments:

  1. The rabbit is beautiful and I am sure Bella will treasure her. Have fun tomorrow. :)

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  2. Oh now this is just gorgeous! I must say the hand stitching is very impressive - well worth all the effort and something that I'm sure will be appreciated for many years to come x Jane

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  3. Oh she's adorable; your daughter will love her I'm sure.
    Good luck with the party - I'm hosting a 'Saturday Crafternoon' tomorrow for nine 11 year olds. I am up to my ears in petite cookie houses and ornament bits and pieces. I'll have some wine with you!

    JEnn @JennsCraftyWorld

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  4. The rabbit is absolutely precious… I love it! Bella is going to love it, too! The little dress is darling. I hope you have a fun day at the party tomorrow. And yes, you will probably need a stiff drink afterwards!

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  5. Bunny is beautiful! So funny that you said about making more clothes, because as I was reading down I was thinking gosh I can see that Gillian is going to be making all sorts of outfits for this lovely rabbit and then you said the same! I hope that the party goes well and that you have a drink to celebrate, not because you need it! xx

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  6. Your rabbit is beautiful Gillian. Yes to more clothes for her! One of my favourite things to do as a child was to dress and undress my toys. I remember my mum had a dress made and there was so much fabric that I had a dress and so did my doll. I loved it when we all matched!

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  7. I somehow have missed many of your recent posts and have enjoyed scrolling back to catch up, Gillian. I especially love your Miss Maggie you have made for Bella! Happy Birthday, Bella :-) I really enjoyed making my Miss Maggie Rabbit-Saylor, too, and want to make some more clothing for her. You are a very brave loving Mama, Gillian...blessings on you as you direct the celebrations tomorrow! xx

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  8. I love the Miss maggie rabbit, especially those little boots. Happy Birthday celebrations today xx

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  9. Wow, she is gorgeous. I wish I could sew. I'm sure Bella will love her.
    I hope the party goes well. You're very brave. Enjoy your weekend. X

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  10. That is amazing! I am sure she will treasure it forever. Hope the party goes well!

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  11. I absolutely LOVE this little rabbit, she is a darling and I am sure that Bella will be thrilled when she gets it. I love the hand stiched detail, it is perfect. Good Luck with the party tomorrow, I hosted one of those once ... challenging, but a lot of fun and the children go away with lots and lots of very happy memories... Wishing you a lovely weekend. Charlotte. xx

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  13. I have seen this rabbit on many blogs and she is always beautiful, such a lovely idea and a wonderful present for your daughter hopes she is treasured for many years :)

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  14. Oh, she's absolutely beautiful. You've done a wonderful job with the sewing - so professional. I love the flowery fabric underneath her ears but my favourite has to be the boots. If only my daughter was still young enough for dolls: I think I enjoyed helping her dress them more than she did! x

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  15. Bella's rabbit is just gorgeous and so perfectly stitched, I love the dress fabric too. I would love to see Bella's little face when she opens it!
    I made one earlier in the year and like you found it so enjoyable, did you know Alicia is in the progress of designing other animals including a fox?!
    Wishing Bella a very happy birthday and i hope you are not too frazzled by the end of the day!
    love jooles xxx

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  16. Lucky Bella, it is so cute but I think you might have to make one for yourself too!

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  17. She is beautiful Gillian. What a lovely gift for a precious little girl. Bella and Alistair, my youngest, share a Birthday and Alistair's party has a baking theme, too. Happy Birthday Bella! Cx

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  18. Oh you did a brilliant job making this rabbit Gillian. I love the pattern and yours looks just as neat as Alicias.
    I'm sure Bella will be thrilled and seven seems the perfect age for this gift.
    Jacquie x

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  19. She's just gorgeous, Gillian. So beautifully stitched. Lucky Bella to have such a clever Mummy. Funnily enough, I've just read Alicia's latest post - have you seen that adorable bed she's made for her rabbit? Oh to have a grown-up version!

    Good luck with the party!!!

    Heather x

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  20. This is just gorgeous Gillian, a really beautiful and special present for Bella which I am sure she will treasure for years to come. The details on the rabbit are just lovely, I love the little knitted cape and the sweet boots. Hope the party goes well today and that Bella has a wonderful birthday.
    Marianne x

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  21. I had my eye on the kit! It's lovely what a great job! Dan says my sewn rabbit it spooky .... And he's right. The best bit has to be the boots. Yes more clothes definitely! Xx

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  22. HI Gillian
    Oh my - she is soooo beautiful and how lovely that not only will Bella adore her but that you've had so much pleasure making her.She's just perfect.
    Enjoy your Christmas preparations,
    Kate x

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  23. She looks fabulous you can tell that a lot of love went into making her.

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  24. Oh Gillian your bunny is beautiful ... it will be treasured ... your workmanship is stunning ... each little stitch so perfect ... Bee xx

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  25. That's gorgeous.....I have that pattern too and plan on making it for Poppy. I've run out time for Christmas or her Birthday so it will be an Easter Bunny!! I hope that Bella's party goes well and you enjoy a glass of something in the evening, once it is over. Sarah xo

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  26. I said it already on IG but she is so lovely. I might try making one for next Christmas (if I start now it might be ready in time!)
    I'm sure Bella will love it and will treasure her. Xx p.s. hope you've got that drink lined up! Good luck for the party!

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  27. Aw gorgeous bunny and the little boots! Adorable. I hope Bella has a lovely party. Good luck hehe. Sure they'll have a wonderful time xx

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  28. Adorable bunny. Love the little boots. Good luck with the party.

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  29. You've done a wonderful job with your rabbit and you are also the cause that I have spent some pennies we don't have, as I have bought a kit, eeek!! I know I have made my own pattern for my hares and there will be more of them in my shop next year, but being a completely and utter lover of all things rabbity I simply couldnt resist. Like you I have already eyed out all the accessories that i can play with in the future, yes please!! Thanks for the inspiration!! Sending much love xoxo

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  30. This is sooo adorable, definitely one for Bella to treasure. I made a Pooh Bear from a kit long before I had even met my husband. It became my eldest's favourite toy, was lost and found several times and is now little more than an amorphous brown blob - but at 21 she still loves him!!

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  31. absolutely the cutest!!! (mine has a green cape and lavender/green dress....never too old for toys like this!)

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  32. Gillian, I have an unmade Maggie Rabbit and I have been waiting for the right time to sew her up. I have to admit I have a fear of blanket stitch, so that has been holding me back. Now after seeing yours I have to have a good think about making mine. Your Miss Maggie is wonderful.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  33. Hi Gillian! This is so adorable! It's one for your little girl to treasure!
    Good luck with the party and a very happy birthday to your Bella!
    Marion

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  34. Hello! I do love Maggie! I made one a few months ago - so sweet! And, as you say, such fun to make. I must have missed your request for winter plant ideas, but of those you list, agapanthus, here in the UK anyway, is very tender. It likes poorish soil, so being slightly potbound in a nice terracotta pot that can be kept frost free and not too wet over winter but baked in summer seems to be ideal. They have them in abundance at St Micheals Mount in Cornwall, a favourite summer spot of ours, and I always associate it with there! Hope the party goes with a swing. My birthday is the 12th, so here's to your December birthday girl! Jen

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  35. That rabbit's lovely - I especially love the boots. Well done and enjoy the party x

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  36. Love that rabbit! I've had my eye on one of Alicia's kits for a while but doubt I have the sewing skills.

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  37. Bella will love her, you are such a clever Mummy, every little girl should have one! Sending love and Birthday wishes! :) xxx

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  38. She's absolutely gorgeous. I'm so glad you enjoyed making her. Thank you! xoxo

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  39. What a gorgeous gift. Something to treasure!

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  40. The bunny is beautiful and well done you. A big Happy Birthday to Bella and is that the 14th of 15th as we are nearly a day in front of you and tomorrow is sometimes a day out for me. Take care.

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  41. This is gorgeous, I have a soft spot for bunnies. Really quite want to make one for myself!

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  42. Hi Gillian. What a wonderful gift for a lucky little girl. :) Just lovely.

    Always,
    Kimberly

    www.jandkalways.blogspot.com

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  43. What an adorable rabbit. I know my littlest man would love a boy rabbit like that. I will have to investigate Alicia's shop next year when I have some time. Happy birthday to Bella, and good luck to you with all the baking and the girls. I'm sure she will have a wonderful time though, so no doubt it will all be worth it.

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  44. Oh Gillian, what a beautiful rabbit, I bet Bella will treasure her! Hope she has a wonderful Birthday.
    Caroline xx

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  45. Your rabbit is beautiful - I've just put the finishing touches to one for my mother. Never to old for a lovely hand stitched rabbit. Happy Christmas x

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  46. I have made that very same rabbit in the summer but my booties were not as neat as that! She is adorable. hey Gillian that zig zag jumper is in the sale but it is still out of my price range!! Jo x

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    1. I know - but that colour way is totally sold out in all sizes. :-(

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  47. Beautiful - and the lace up boots are just adorable.
    Hope the party went well!! Happy birthday Bella!

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  48. Hey Gillian,

    Ridiculously gorgeous. I have dreams of being able to make things like this. I need to learn to walk before I can run. I am therefore making some cushion covers this week. If all goes well, I may post about them. Bella will love her rabbit, and I think a change of clothes and a scarf is a must.
    I like the idea of the party. I hope it all goes well (enjoy the drink...).
    I've looked at your winter planting list with interest. I fancy some winter flowering jasmine in the garden.
    Hope you had a fabulous time with your birthday girl!
    Leanne xx

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  49. She's gorgeous and so glad you enjoyed making her. I enjoyed making mine too, although it's not the sort of thing I could do every day, making them for such a special occasion is most certainly worth while! I'm sure she'll be well loved.

    S x

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  50. She is THE cutest little bunny, isn't she?! I made one for my Emma earlier this year. She doesn't know it yet, but I am in the middle of making her added wardrobe pieces for her for Christmas. SO fun! Yours came out beautifully! Hope the birthday party went well! :)

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  51. Bella is a lucky girl, and you are very patient to make her this adorable present, I'm sure she'll treasure it forever, katie x

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  52. I'm so glad I saw you making this. I am loving making my girls one each too, just wish I'd started earlier! Dreading the cape though, knitting and I don't get on! x

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    1. Of course it goes without saying yours is completely gorgeous, Bella is going to love her! x

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  53. Gillian, your Miss Maggie is absolutely delightful! And don't worry about Bella outgrowing her - Eleanor is 9 and was never into dolls or stuffed toys as such but she adores her Miss Maggie.......It's the sort of thing even I'd love to make just for myself.....and yes I'm with you on wanting to deck her out in more finery. I'm actually keen to make few Rabbits for the boys now the boy clothing patterns are available :-) You did an absolutely beautiful job. Mel x

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  54. You have done a beautiful job of your little rabbit. Your little girl is very lucky.

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  55. So sweet, these Maggie rabbits, and you've done the most beautiful job here Gillian, lucky Bella :)

    And Happy Birthday Bella :D

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  56. Bella is going to love her, you have really excelled yourself with all this neat sewing Gillian, her dress, cape and boots are too adorable. She will be treasured forever I think xxxx Penny (hope the party went well)

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  57. Oh Gillian! She is beautiful and Bella will treasure her for a lifetime! xx

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  58. Beautiful!!! It is really well done, you are very talented! My son is 10 years old, and even he will never admit it in front of others, he still love very much plushes...

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  59. Hello there, I've just popped over from 'A little bit Counrty' and already i'm in love with your bog and creativeness!
    This little bunny is exquisite....forget 7, i'd be thrilled to reciever her and i'm 33!
    Wishing you and your family a beautiful Christmas
    Much Love
    liv x

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