Those of you who follow me on facebook may remember my horrified response to PETA‘s discovery of the barbaric production of Angora in China. I am not normally one to spread bad news or to comment on what is in the press in general but I felt so passionately about this as someone who adores all animals, especially bunny rabbits and grew up with them as pets. Sorry to any of you who had nightmares after watching the horrendous, horrendous video footage!
The Peta video came to my attention back in mid December at which point I was making a rag dolly for my niece’s Christmas present which several of you may have spotted on my instagram. As I was sewing her up I had an idea of making toy bunnies in exchange for donations to Peta’s campaign against the production of angora. I used a bunny pattern from a Tilda book called Crafting Springtime gifts and scraps of cotton fabric left over from previous sewing projects. I popped a bunny on facebook and started to make them to my friend’s specifications, pink, blue, chocolate brown… For each handmade bunny I asked people to donate £12 directly to Peta and in the end the bunnies raised over £400!
I wasn’t actually going to share any of this here on the blog as it is not a happy subject and I like to try and keep this a positive little space on the internet. However, it did ultimately seem something worth sharing with all you fellow stitchers.
Sewing really helped me to challenge my feelings of despair and anger at how cruel this world can be sometimes and to do something very small to help stand up against such barbaric practises carried out in the name of fashion. It also occurred to me that anyone who sews their own wardrobe or who sews for others is doing this too. We are putting love and effort into hand crafted garments that we will likely look after and keep for years to come rather than only buying cheap throw away fashion. At the same time we are keeping a valuable skill alive in a country that has sadly outsourced nearly all of it’s clothing manufacturing and we are encouraging others around us to do the same by making sewing fashionable again. In a nutshell…GO US!
Plus I simply had to share the little bunny tails I made with you all. Teeny little pompoms! How cute are these?
I have taken a break from making any more bunnies as the time has come to get back to my other sewing projects. Should any of you wish to use the bunny idea to raise money for a cause close to your own heart then please do and let me know how you get on!
I was genuinely amazed at the positive response I got.
Happy stitching everyone and I’ll be back soon with some clothing related posts!
Thanks for reading