Essential Oil Bunny Buddies

You will love this fun idea for making essential oil–scented rice bunnies! These darling bunnies are perfect for including in children’s Easter baskets, using as an Easter decoration, or for warming like a heat pack and giving to a child before bed as a warm, snuggly friend.

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Start by gathering up your supplies:

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You will need fabric, scissors, rice, essential oil, ribbon, straight pins, a sewing machine, a needle and thread, and our printable Bunny Buddy Template.

Fold your fabric in half with right sides out. Pin your Bunny Buddy Template to the fabric, and cut around the edges. If you are going to finish the edge with pinking sheers, cut about 1/8″ away from the template edge. If you are going to just leave a straight edge, you can cut right along the edge of the template.

AT_BunnyTemplateUnpin the template from your fabric, and bring your bunny cutout to the sewing machine, leaving the right sides out. You can pin the two pieces of fabric together to help keep them from slipping while you sew. Use your sewing machine to stitch around the outside of the bunny. If you are going to finish the edge with pinking sheers, sew about 1/4″ in from the edge. If you are going to leave the edge straight, you can sew about 1/8″ in from the edge. Leave an opening about 1 1/4″ wide at the bottom of the bunny so that you will be able to get the rice in.

If you are going to finish the edge with the pinking sheers, do it now. Cut carefully along the edge of the bunny, being careful not to get too close to the stitched seam.

AT_BunnyCutPour your desired amount of rice (about 1 cup per bunny) into a glass measuring cup, and stir your desired amount of essential oil in with the rice (1–2 drops per bunny).

AT_BunnyFillRiceUsing a funnel, or a rolled up piece of paper if you don’t have a funnel, pour the rice into the bunny through the opening at the bottom. Shake the bunny a bit to make sure that the rice fills the whole bunny even after it settles a little.

Use a needle and thread to stitch closed the opening at the bottom of the bunny. You can use a sewing machine to do this part, but it is hard to stitch close to the edge with a sewing machine without the rice falling out.

AT_BunnySewTie a piece of ribbon in a bow around the bunny’s neck, and then take a moment to admire what a darling little bunny you just made!

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Essential Oil Bunny Buddies

  • Difficulty: Easy
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What You Will Need:

  • Flannel fabric (you can use another type of fabric, but it needs to be something that doesn’t easily fray along the edges)
  • Sewing scissors––both regular sewing scissors and pinking sheers if you have them
  • Rice (approximately 1 cup per bunny you want to make)
  • Essential oil (whatever scent you prefer; 1–2 drops per bunny you want to make)
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • Printable Bunny Buddy Template
  • Straight pins

Instructions:

  1. Fold your fabric in half with right sides out. Pin your Bunny Buddy Template to the fabric, and cut around the edges. If you are going to finish the edge with pinking sheers, cut about 1/8″ away from the template edge. If you are going to just leave a straight edge, you can cut right along the edge of the template.
  2. Unpin the template from your fabric, and bring your bunny cutout to the sewing machine, leaving the right sides out. You can pin the two pieces of fabric together to help keep them from slipping while you sew. Use your sewing machine to stitch around the outside of the bunny. If you are going to finish the edge with pinking sheers, sew about 1/4″ in from the edge. If you are going to leave the edge straight, you can sew about 1/8″ in from the edge. Leave an opening about 1 1/4″ wide at the bottom of the bunny so that you will be able to get the rice in.
  3. If you are going to finish the edge with the pinking sheers, do it now. Cut carefully along the edge of the bunny, being careful not to get too close to the stitched seam.
  4. Pour your desired amount of rice (about 1 cup per bunny) into a glass measuring cup, and stir your desired amount of essential oil in with the rice (1–2 drops per bunny).
  5. Using a funnel, or a rolled up piece of paper if you don’t have a funnel, pour the rice into the bunny through the opening at the bottom. Shake the bunny a bit to make sure that the rice fills the whole bunny even after it settles a little.
  6. Use a needle and thread to stitch closed the opening at the bottom of the bunny. You can use a sewing machine to do this part, but it is hard to stitch close to the edge with a sewing machine without the rice falling out.
  7. Tie a piece of ribbon in a bow around the bunny’s neck.
  8. Take a moment to admire what a darling little bunny you just made!

11 thoughts on “Essential Oil Bunny Buddies

  1. questions, you don’t mention how long to warm them? microwave? And not all flannel is flame retardant so you want to be careful when warming in Microwave, could catch on fire if but in for wrong time!
    Love the pattern and idea, i plan on making some! Thank you!

    • Flaxseed works great too. We’ve done hot/cold packs with flaxseed in the past, and they work great. We just chose to use rice for this project because it’s easier to fill the bunny’s ears with the small grains of rice.

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