My mother hand embroidered and sewed together this little elephant while she was expecting me. She stuffed it with nylons, which I can see through a tiny tear on the top of its head. The little white bear was made by my grandmother, who was a master seamstress. One Christmas she made little bears to give to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. I was in my 30s at the time and commented on how sweet the bears were. She told me to keep one and I'm so glad I did. I'm not sentimental, but these two little toys are very dear to my heart.
A couple of weeks ago, I spent much of my Saturday cutting up t-shirts, tracing the pattern, and sewing together the pieces to create the Alabama Chanin Bunny. The pattern is available to anyone in the resources section of the AC website. I learned more than I wanted to while stitching this project. Sitting in an uncomfortable chair for hours at a time caused pain in my hands and arms, not to mention my back. It took me a few days to recover and was a good reminder of why I gave up embroidery in the first place. It's hard on my back to be bent over the needle, as I don't pay good attention to my posture when absorbed in the process.
Over the past weekend I worked for a shorter period of time and paid careful attention to my posture and the position of my arms. I was able to finish sewing the bunny together and stuff it with beans (which may or may not be a good choice).
The reason I decided this bunny would be my first AC sewing project was the heritage of the other two toys. Why not make my own toy to keep company with the elephant and bear on my shelf? The three of them will make a great team.