A few years ago when scheduled to drop bears at Hengistbury we were inundated instead by a plethora of soft cuddly rabbits. So much so that I decided they should have their own speciality, hence the carrot parachute soon to become abbreviated to the carochute.Unfortunately they do not retard downward progress if made the natural way up hence the inversion. The first attempt was a rather weedy affair suitable only for the under nourished so a second was developed and it is that one which is detailed here. The dimensions given are for 1/2 gore with no allowance for seams or hems(add 5mm each side) on a 16 gore version of about 1000mm diameter. Seen here in full flight with a 1kg. rabbit bellow. Back packs have to be you own design for the particular bunny. Mine's harness had to be divided to allow access for the tail.
|Height in mm.||1/2 width in mm.|
Colour change is at the 255mm length so if you want to do this add an extra 5mm to each length at this point. Cut out all gore pieces and sew the two colours together. Then starting at the top sew all the gores together and before joining the end to the beginning hem the top edge. Shrouds of about 1500mm should then be sewn into the bottom hem and gathered in two groups. These can either be fixed to the back pack (as in the picture) or as I prefer to the rabbit's ears.