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Sunday, April 1, 2012

DIY: Quickie Basket Bunnies (with free pattern)


It's almost time for Easter! I made these funny little bunnies to stick inside the boys' Easter baskets, which you'll see featured on Design Mom this week. The bunnies definitely have a very homemade look (Jim diplomatically called them "abstract"), but I think they have a lot of character. And they were made with a whole lot of love, so I'm counting on seeing them tucked under the arms of a few sleepy boys I know next week.


What I particularly love about the bunnies is their simplicity--somehow the ability to choose boy-friendly fabric and the lack of detail makes them a bit more masculine. And each one requires only 1/4 yard of fabric (if your fabric can be vertically oriented, otherwise you'll need slightly more) and an hour or less of your time. You could whip out an army of them from scrap fabric before Easter!


I've provided a pattern, but you should feel free to tweak it to make your bunnies a little more personal. Perhaps it's their "abstract" nature, but something about these little guys seems full of personality to me. I hope they'll make you chuckle, too.

Materials

  • Quickie Basket Bunnies Pattern
  • 1/4 yard of fabric. I splurged on mine (Scandia and Airplanes by Kokka) at Purl Soho while we were in New York. If your fabric can't be vertically oriented, you'll need slightly more (about 1/3 yard). 
  • A small scrap of contrasting fabric for the bunnies' inner ears
  • 2 buttons
  • Polyester fiber fill
  • Basic sewing supplies, including a point turner.

1. Use the Quickie Basket Bunnies Pattern to cut two bunny body pieces and four ears. You should have a left ear piece (L) and a right ear piece (R) from each of your two fabrics.


2. Use a needle and thread to attach button eyes to the front of one body piece. 



3. Construct the ears. Pin like ears together, right sides facing.


Sew ears together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving the bottom edge open.



Use a point turner to flip ears inside out and press.


4. Construct the body. Fold the lower, outside edges of the bunny's ears inward, as pictured below, and press.


Position ears on top of the back of your bunny, with insides facing upwards and raw edges hanging over the edge of bunny's head by about 1/2 inch.


Place the front of your bunny on top of the back with right sides facing, sandwiching the ears. Pin.


Sew all the way around the body with a 1/4 seam allowance. Leave a 1.5 inch opening in the seam on the bunny's side.



Use pinking shears or scissors to notch the seam allowance at all corners. Be very careful not to get too close to the seams!


Now flip your crazy bunny inside out through the opening. Press the whole thing, making sure to press the raw edges at the opening inward, so that the folded fabric imitates your 1/4 inch seam.


5. Use polyester fiber fill to stuff the bunny's body. You'll want to start with small bits and use an unsharpened pencil or something similar to push stuffing tightly into the arms and legs. Stuff the head next and finish with the torso. Pin the opening shut with raw edges folded inward.



Now, hand-stitch the opening shut. I think that the right way to do this is with a slip-stich, because it's invisible. I'm a very unaccomplished hand-stitcher and thought my slip-stitching was looking extremely weak, so I switched to what you see below. It's not beautiful, but hey, these are boy bunnies. It's practical and looks like the bunny has a cool scar:).


And you're done! Hide your funny bunny in a basket and wait for Easter morning.

Happy Monday!


4 comments:

  1. These are too cute! Thanks for the pattern!

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  2. I just whipped up three of these cute little bunnies using favorite dresses my girls had outgrown. I am a VERY inexperienced seamstress, but I managed these just fine and it only took about two hours. Thank you for the pattern and the cute idea!

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  3. @echerepko: I'm so glad to hear that, and I love the idea of using old dresses to make the bunnies! I'd love to see a picture of your creations if you have a moment. elisabeth@mygrowinghome.com

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