It’s that time of year where everyone is looking for adorable critters to crochet. This crochet bunny pattern is beginner friendly. The Cuddle Bunny Pillow Pal includes a pocket that is perfect for including small gifts. The pocket is also a great hiding place where little ones can stash their secret finds. The fur yarn makes this bunny extra squishy and huggable.
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Let me tell you a little bit about the Cuddle Bunny Pillow Pal. It’s part of a series of pocket pillow patterns I’ve designed over the years, including the Lion Pocket Pillow and the Zebra Pocket Pillow. These are simple designs that are beginner-friendly without a lot of shaping. The front has an animal face…
…and the back has a little pocket that you can use to include some surprise gifts. Little ones can stash their secret finds inside. With Easter around the corner, you could put some plastic Easter eggs in the pocket.
I made the Cuddle Bunny Pillow Pal with Red Heart Hygge Fur so it’s extra squishy and fun to hug. If you don’t have fur yarn on hand, substitute a smooth yarn like Red Heart With Love Chunky or Red Heart Super Saver Chunky.
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Cuddle Bunny Pillow Pal
Crochet Bunny Pattern by Underground Crafter
This simple pillow with bunny ears has a pocket to include small gifts or for carrying secret finds.
- 8” (20.5 cm) width x 7” (18 cm) height before adding Ears and stuffing.
- Red Heart Hygge Fur yarn (100% nylon, 7 oz/200 g, 260 yd/238 m) – 1 skein in 0108 Cotton Tail, or approximately 195 yd (178.5 m) in any bulky weight, fur yarn.
- Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Packing Fiber Fill, 20 ounce bag.
- US Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
- 12 mm amber safety eyes – 1 pair.
- 13 mm pink heart craft nose – 1.
- Stitch markers.
- Yarn needle.
- 18 sc = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- ch – chain
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together (decrease) – [Insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop] twice, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook. Whistle and Ivy has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- yo – yarn over
- *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
-  Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
- Project is crocheted flat in rows and then seamed.
- If you are new to working with fur yarn, Fiber Flux shares 10 tips for working with fur yarn here. Alternatively, you may substitute a smooth yarn like Red Heart With Love Chunky yarn or Red Heart Super Saver Chunky yarn.
- A photo tutorial for seaming with the whipstitch is available here.
- A photo tutorial for seaming with the single crochet is available here.
Full Panel (Make 2)
- Ch 36.
- Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, sc in next 35 ch. (35 sts)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.
- Rep Row 2 until Full Panel measures approximately 7” (18 cm) from start. Fasten off.
- Rep as for Full Panel through Row 2.
- Rep Row 2 until Pocket Panel measures approximately 3.5” (9 cm) from start. Fasten off.
Ears (Make 2)
- Ch 2.
- Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch. (2 sts)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next st. (3 sts)
- Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. (Increases by 1 st with each rep)
- Rows 4-7: Rep Row 3, 4 more times. (8 sts)
- Row 8: Turn, ch 1, sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog in last 2 sts. (6 sts)
- Row 9: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming.
- Position first safety eye on one Full Panel. When satisfied with position, attach firmly by securing washer on back. Repeat with second safety eye.
- Position craft nose on same Full Panel. When satisfied with position, attach firmly by securing washer on back.
- With yarn needle threaded with yarn tail, attach first Ear to top of same Full Panel with whipstitch (see Pattern Notes). Repeat for second Ear.
- Create a sandwich of layers as follow. Start with Full Panel with facial features on top and position second Full Panel underneath. Line up Pocket Panel so that it is positioned as the bottom sandwich layer and aligned towards the bottom of the face. Use stitch markers to “pin” layers in place.
- With right side (facial features) facing and starting to the side of facial features, insert hook through all layers to create a single crochet seam (see Pattern Notes) through side of Full Panel, bottom of all layers, and side of Full Panel.
- Stuff firmly with fiber filling.
- Continue single crochet seam across top of Full Panel. Fasten off.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends onto wrong side or inside of pillow.