It’s Bunny Season and I’ve found a bevy of wonderful, fluffy, itty-bitty bunnies for you to sew! Whether you’re getting ready to celebrate Easter and thinking about filling baskets or just looking for some adorable Spring décor, you’re going to love the tutorials I found for you. Let’s hop to it!
Helen from Bustle & Sew shared a bunny design on the Sew Mama Sew blog that’s a real sugar darling. It’s simple design would work well for a beginner and might be fun for the kids to help with, too. Helen loves wool felt and chose that magical material for her charming Baby Bunnies. She includes a free PDF template to make it easy and her instructions are lovely and easy to follow. These itty-bitty bunnies are hand-stitched with a cool method for making their stitching secure. Their sweet, little faces are hand embroidered. I love the way Helen strengthens the base of her bunnies with cardstock or pieces cut from a cereal box. Sweet colors of floss and felt coordinated with mini-print cottons are the secrets of the cuteness here. Click here for the tutorial and have fun choosing your combinations!
Drawstring Bunny Bags
These itty-bitty bunnies are quick to sew and make great little gifting bags! Designed by Ashley of the Make It and Love It blog as a guest post for the We All Sew blog, you can make these for any age of bunny lover you know. Add nail polish, a sweet treat, gift card, jewelry or a toy and you’ll have a gift that will be a Spring treasure. Ashley suggests a woven cotton for the outer bunny bag body, but a natural or Springtime colored linen fabric would be delightful, too. The hand-stitched face is optional, but if super-cute is your goal, definitely add a face. Ashley’s whole tutorial is well written and nicely illustrated. The white ribbon she used is great, but you could add a little pizazz with a colored or printed ribbon, too. Sew, stuff and enjoy! Click here for the Bunny Bag tutorial.
Roly Poly Easter Bunnies
Round little bunnies that are totally fun! These bunnies could be the star of the Easter basket or fun game pieces for tic-tac-toe or a tossing game. They’re quick to sew up and would look great in just about any fabric. Bev of the Flamingo Toes blog designed hers in vintage fabrics and they look adorable. You can search your local thrift store, raid Mom’s linen drawers or choose new cottons for your bun-buns – your choice! Think about bow fabrics, too. Bev used an unfinished strip of cotton, but you may want to find coordinating ribbon or ric-rac to use. I love the way Bev used felt as a stabilizer for the ears and other spots that need some strength. Make lots of these and see what creative games your kids decide to play. Bunny bowling, anyone? Click here for the tutorial on Flamingo Toes.
Here’s another fab guest blogger design from the Sew Mama Sew blog. Lorraine from the Ikat Bag blog designed a bunny for her daughter and, as bunnies will, they soon multiplied! This is a machine stitched bunny with a darling hand embroidered face. Lorraine’s step-by-steps are great, so there’s no chance of a rabbit calamity. I love her technique of combining poly pellets and poly-fil for stuffing! It will help you make a bunny that sits well but is still huggably soft. She also offers instructions for making a non-tech, super helpful stuffing device. Lorraine followed up her Sew Mama Sew bunny post with two posts on her own Ikat Bag blog. Click here for the bunny tutorial. Click here for the bunny bed post. Click here for the carrot post.
Take Care With Your Hare
- Fabrics should be soft and have a bit of give. Think fleece, minky, wool felt or terry cloth.
- Make your bunnies unique by varying the embellishments, ribbons, colors and fabrics you choose.
- You can machine stitch any bunny that calls for hand sewing. A machine made buttonhole stitch works well.
- Be mindful of safety if your itty-bitty bunnies will be gifted to a child age three or under. Replace button eyes with embroidery.
- Itty-Bitty Bunnies are addictive! Plan a couple of bunny “breeding” evenings or set aside a Saturday to sew.
- The more bunnies, the better! Bunnies in the Easter baskets, bunnies on the buffet table, bunnies for the hostess, bunnies for the all the littles you know!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.