I make these for all the babies I know, they always seem to like them. Floppy ears and safe to chew on... what could be bad? When the kids start teething, I'll tie knots in the ears, and it makes the ears a little more chewy for them.
(sorry if the pic quality is dodgy, it was a cell phone 'oops I forgot' picture)
The socky bunnies are so simple, just made with a child's sock, stuffing and black and white thread. They can totally be thrown in the washer. I saw one once, and just copied it, I don't know who thought of it orginally, maybe you see them all over? But I thought it was such a cute idea.
Here's the tute, a little goofy and I go for the 'too much information' method of instructions/directions (sorry!) But let me know if I can clarify anything.
Take an ordinary cotton child's ribbed sock (children's work best to keep the small size and proportions, they don't stretch out as much and require less stuffing.) Cut through both layers of the toe, the length of the sock, until you reach the heel area. The rounded heel will be bunny's face.
Now, turn him inside out and stitch along the cut in a 'U' shape to make bunny's ears. Use a zigzag stitch since the ears stretch and you don't want holes or broken threads that could catch on little fingers.
Turn him right side out again and add stuffing from below. (I don't usually stuff the ears.) I like to make bunny about the size of two cupped hands: I stuff to just below the start of the ankle ribbing. The goal is to make a nice round ball of bunny, though they tend to elongate somewhat.
When you feel bunny is at maximum plumpness, cut off the excess ankle of the sock and stitch the bottom closed. My seam is always kind of lumpy, but as long as there are no pieces sticking out, all is good. My poor bunnies don't get any other feet!
You will see that the heel portion of the sock has created a face shape, and his ears are towards the back. Go around the base of each of bunny's ears individually with thread, binding them off from his head.
The last step is to embroider his little face. For maximum cuteness, indent the eyes somewhat. I usually sew one, then leave the thread attached and pull tight across to the other eye. You can make the indents more even after you have secured the second eye. Give bunny a nose and mouth (whiskers optional) and personalize however you like!