Well...only two days after Christmas found bunny with two separate appointments for reconstructive surgery.
Looking a bit like Franken-bunny, don't you think?
My five-year-old—the recipient of this doll—is a very gentle child, so I don't think that this little neck problem has anything to do with rough play. I suspect that the way these dolls are constructed isn't exactly hug-proof.
In fact, in retrospect I would have sewn her together differently.
I got the pattern from this lovely, lovely book, and as mentioned in my original post, pretty much followed the instructions as written. Now I think rather than cutting four separate pieces for the body and head (two for each), as the pattern instructs, I would have cut two pieces: the front body/head and back body/head.
This would mean that I would have had to stuff the bunny from another place (rather than the neck), but it would have been just as easy to do from the top of the head — or even better, the side of the body, which gets covered by clothes (that can't be removed) anyway.
Hopefully I'll find a way to get bunny's head to stay put, but if not I'll probably give my new idea a try. If so, I'll let you know if it's a little more love-proof!
Happy sewing everyone!