I had quite a few of you email me looking for the pattern for the “bunny jacket” I made for the Notched-Collar lesson.
Unfortunately, I had just made the jacket as I went along, using the pictures from The Book as a guide as to what I needed pieces to look like. It worked out that it fit my son’s toy, but I didn’t have a real pattern for it. I started making a larger, better constructed jacket for my five year old as my notched-collar assignment, but decided that I’d rather do a lined jacket if I was going to spend the time making one for an actual human to wear. Lucky for me, lined jackets are covered later in The Book and I can totally use it as my lesson/assignment when I get there. But that left me needing a notched-collar assignment this week, and some of you still wanting a toy jacket pattern.
So how about we remedy that right about now?
The pattern fits all three of the Build-A-Bear stuffed toys my boys own, which are about 18 inches tall. So I would think it would work for any similarly-sized toy in need of a jacket.
-Pattern is hosted on Craftsy, and all links to the pattern are affiliate links. The pattern is free. Craftsy is free.
-I’m not a professional and the pattern reflects that. But it’s free, so that’s what you get. It’s the pattern and construction process I used and should get you the same look, assuming that’s what you’re going for. Or it can be used to help draft out your own ideas. Or you could use it to line a bird cage. I’m good with whatever.
-When printing the pattern, make sure to unclick the “auto-center” options, etc. I’ve included a one inch square marking for the first page of each constructed pattern piece for you to compare, to make sure it’s printing at the needed size.
-1/2 yard material. I used a fake/costume quality suede.
-1/4 yard interfacing to match the weight of your material
–Bunny Jacket pattern pieces, there are four pages total Cut out your main pattern pieces from the material
And the interfacing pieces
Trim the facing interfacing piece along dotted lines
Attach interfacing to material pieces as indicated on pattern pieces
Start with your back piece and two front pieces
Right sides together, sew the shoulders and side seams
Now the collar
Right sides together, sew from the bottom edge, up around the sides, across the top and end at the other bottom edge. Leave the entire bottom side open
Turn and press
Pin to right side of jacket at collar area with the open side of of the collar matching the raw collar edge of the jacket. Pin from lapel notch to other lapel notch
Lay the front facings, right sides together, on top, matching all raw edges
Remove pins from the collar and replace on the facings, pinning through all layers: facing, collar, and jacket
Clip collar at shoulder seams, about 1/4 inch in, so you have little flaps in between the facing shoulders
Sew the facing from the lower edge, up around and up the sides, around the lapel, across the collar and back down the other side. NOTE: ONLY SEW THROUGH THE LOWER SNIPPED FLAP OF THE COLLAR
The snipped flap of the collar will still be open , with just the lower side sewn in place
Fold that open flap under
And sew in place Turn facings out
I opted to top stitch all along at this point in a contrasting thread, but that’s completely optional
Now sleeves Because the finished sleeves are so small, it’s easier to hem the sleeves before finishing. I know you wouldn’t normally do this, but it’s SO much easier, that I just did it anyway. So fold the interfaced edge up to the wrong side of the fabric 1/4 inch, then another 1/4 inch. Sew in place Right sides together, fold the sleeves in half and sew the straight side seams Turn the sleeves right side out and the jacket wrong side out
Baste stitch the rounded edge of the sleeve
Gather slightly And pin in place in the jacket sleeve opening, using the gathering to adjust fit
As you pin, catch the facing’s sleeve are so that it will be finished in with the sleeve
Sew sleeve in place all around the sleeve opening
making sure to catch the facing’s sleeve are, finishing it
To hem the jacket, turn the lower interfaced edge up to the wrong side of the jacket 1/4 inch, and then another 1/4 inch Sew in place You can leave the jacket like this
Or add closures, like Velcro, buttons, or I did resin snaps