I originally found out about the pattern when a coworker of mine was selling the big stuffed rabbit (Bugs) for about $25 back when my son was a preschooler. Everyone was ordering one from her because it was such a novelty - it wasn't like you could surf the Internet to find a Bugs stuff animal. Well I knew he would love one - he had his fourth birthday coming up - but I sadly admitted to myself that $25 was way out of this single mom's price range.
But wait! I knew how to sew! I could just buy the pattern and the fabric and stuffing and make it myself. After all, how hard could it be to make a 42" stuffed rabbit? I found the pattern at the local fabric store, but no appropriate fabric. Don't you just hate that you are limited by what is offered in the fabric stores? I am so glad that the Internet has opened up other options for fabric buying and choices - anyway, back to the story.
I ended up finding the right color fabric at a J.C. Penney store in their fabric department (back when you could purchase fabric in department stores). The perfect grey velour! It was shiny on one side and velour on the other and had a bit of a stretch to it. Not at all what the pattern called for, but I was a single mom on a limited budget and I sure as heck couldn't afford faux fur! I worked on the rabbit every night after the kids went to bed and was so excited to give him to my son as a birthday gift.
He was thrilled with Bugs! But there was a problem. His older sister (by only a year) wanted one too, along with all of the neighborhood kids, and he wasn't about to share.