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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Giving Bunny Project


The Giving Bunny Project


This is a Post from the Urban Threads Blog:  The Giving Bunny Project « StitchPunk.

  I have made a few of these little bunnies myself and it is so much fun to do, especially if you hear back from the finder.



This has been a project that has long been in my head, and I’m so excited to be able to finally share it with the crafty community and see where it goes. The idea, you see, is called The Giving Bunny, and this time of year seemed the perfect time to introduce this giant collaborative project where YOU take part.




The giving bunny is just what he sounds like. He is a little bunny who is made for the sole purpose of giving away! He is a plush design that we are offering totally free, for machine embroiderers, hand embroiders and other crafty enthusiasts. The idea behind him is that you stitch up as many little adorable bunnies as your heart desires (they’re really easy to make) and then you leave them in public spaces with a little printable tag as a gift for a stranger to discover.




Can you imagine the unexpected delight of going about your day, maybe even not a very good day, and discovering this little gift left just for you? A tiny plushy bunny with a tag asking you to take him home. Maybe even a few of these people will follow the link on the bunny’s tag back here, and make one of their own to share with someone else. And thus the bunnies can spread… well, like bunnies!
It’s a small thing, but a little bit of vigilante embroidery mixed with street art, and you can spread a tiny bit of bunny shaped joy to someone you’ve never met, and maybe make what was a grey day a little brighter. Plus, with your help, this project can spread from one free design to hundreds, maybe even thousands of bunnies all across the world!
Want to make one? Of course you do! Grab your FREE machine embroidery bunny file here, or your hand embroidery bunny file here. Then follow these step-by-step instructions to make your bunny. It’s simple, and it’s tons of fun to give each one its own unique look…




Once you’ve made a bunny (or twenty) you can personalize them, dress them up, and make them your own. I made a couple of tiny scarves for a few of mine, since it is winter after all. Bunnies get cold too. You can go really crazy, stitch them in wild colors, add mustaches, hats, tattoos or bow ties. The simplicity of the bunny design leaves lots of room to make him your own. Go nuts!




Once you’re ready to share your bunnies, print out a bunch of tags on cardstock (they’re available as a PDF in EnglishSpanishFrenchItalianGerman, and Dutch — thanks, Urban Threadsters who’ve generously helped to translate!), cut them out, and attach them to your bunnies before you leave them somewhere so folks know that the bunny is theirs to take home. Be sure to name your bunny too! It gives him a personality, and it also lets people share which bunny they found if they come and leave a comment.




So, where can you leave your bunnies? Well, I went on an adventure this weekend, and here’s where some of my bunnies ventured off to…


 



Click here to open the larger map and then click edit to add your bunny

So, start your bunny adventure here, leave a note on the map, and join in this worldwide collaborative project!
Updates! What have the Bunnies been up to since their launch? Well…
They’ve been made by the hundreds, then thousands.
They’ve been spotted on every continent, even Antarctica!
They’ve been in magazines.
And they even made it to the edge of space. Seriously.
And the bunnies go ever on…




This project is part of The Lab, a UT initiative to experiment, collaborate and innovate to see just what can be done with the art of embroidery.

Check out our other projects by searching for the UT Lab tag.
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