"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."
--From The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
I've always loved the story of the Velveteen Rabbit, and it re-entered my imagination when my daughter was given a copy of the book as a gift.
With the coming of spring, I was thinking about bunny patterns that I could make for my kids. None that I saw really lived up to my idea of a stuffed rabbit, sweet and simple yet so close to REAL. So I decided to make my own pattern.
The pattern is nearly ready... it needs a few finishing touches before I share it with you. But I have some finished rabbits in my Etsy store, so I thought I would share them here.
The burgandy and pink rabbit is made of cotton velour. The black and white rabbits are made from cotton woven fabric. They are all stuffed with wool. They are about 14 inches high with their ears down, and weighted to feel like a real rabbit (about 1.5 lbs each).