I received some gorgeous Peter Rabbit fabric from The Craft Cotton Company and knew I wanted to do something that featured rabbit ears and would be good for storing things at Easter. With this in mind I came up with an idea for a tie corner basket which would be great for keeping all those little eggs in one place and would mean I could also add some rabbit ear details.
Now I didn’t just want one set of ears so I decided to go all in and have sets of ears around all the edges! You could reduce the number of ears if you want and could even add some bunny tail pom poms in their place.
Happily hopping out of the sewing pile are some rather cute Easter rabbits.
I wasn’t too sure whether I would have enough time to get all the Easter makes I wanted made in time this year, but despite my initial worries I am slowly starting to make some progress on my ‘to do’ list so hopefully I will get most of them completed in time – the rest will have to wait until next year!.
The next completed make out of the sewing pile (which is ridiculously big at the moment!) is some very cute Easter rabbits. I made some triangle chickens a few years ago and have been wanting to do a few variations on these ever since – scarily that was over 4 years ago – I really need to stop adding more projects to my to do list!,
These little rabbits are perfect for using up fabric leftovers – I love a project that can use fabric leftovers as it means they wont go to waste. The great thing with these rabbits is that even really small fabric leftovers can be used since you could make each part in a different colour or even use patchwork pieces for the parts for the really small fabric leftovers. I used fabric leftovers from The Craft Cotton Company fat quarters for these rabbits.
I cant wait to make a few more of these – and hopefully I will have time to make a few more variations – hopefully it wont be as long a wait for the next ones!
Fabric – This project is great for using up fabric leftovers from other projects as all the pieces could even be in different colours.
Embroidery thread for face details
1- Make the templates for the rabbits. On to paper draw out:
A triangle with 14cm sides.
An outer ear shape 12cm high.
An inner ear piece 8cm high.
2- Cut out the templates and use them to cut out your fabrics, each rabbit needs 4 triangle pieces (3 body pieces and a base), 4 outer ear pieces and 2 inner ear pieces.
3- Take an inner ear piece and place onto one of the outer ear pieces with both pieces with right sides facing upwards. Sew around the edge of the inner ear to secure.
4- Take another outer ear piece and place right side down on top and sew around leaving a 4cm gap for turning on the side of the ear. Turn out the right way and sew the gap closed. Repeat with the remaining ear pieces to make the second ear.
5- Take two of the triangles, place right side together and sew down the side to secure leaving a 1cm gap at the bottom.
6 – Take one of the ears and turn in the side edges at the base of the ear so they meet in the middle then place right side down on top of a triangle piece. Pin to secure, then place the joined triangle pieces on top and sew down the side to secure. Repeat with the other ear on the other side.
7- Take the remaining triangle and pin to the bottom of the joined triangle pieces. Sew to secure, leaving a 5cm gap for turning.
8- Turn out the right way and place the stuffing into the rabbit. Sew the gap closed.
9- Using embroidery thread and a running stitch sew on eyes, nose and mouth details.
10- Make a pom pom with white wool and a 2.5cm pom pom maker (or pieces of card). Sew to the back of the rabbit.
Easter is rapidly approaching and I still seem to have a ton of makes I was wanting to finish in time but don’t think I will get them all done – really need to stop starting so many projects!
First completed is a mini chick storage basket, this is much smaller than my previous baskets but is perfect for any little bits this Easter, it would be great for gifting with a small egg on or a couple of tiny eggs.
I want to try make a few more in a couple of different colours but am not sure if I will have enough time!
Pattern is the free pattern for my Patreon members this month.
Keep your eggs safe this Easter with a bunny ears tote bag
I wanted to make a bag for putting some Easter eggs in and wanted to do something a bit different to a plain tote bag, then I had an idea of using bunny ears instead of normal handles and a bunny handle tote bag was born!
Once I had got the bag made I knew it was missing something – a fluffy tail! So I made a Pom Pom tail to add to the back of the back and I think it really finishes it off well.
Now to go find some eggs!
Bunny Ears Tote Bag Tutorial:
Pom Pom Collection fabric by The Craft Cotton Company (Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company)
One colour for the bag with two pieces measuring 30x42cm
One colour for the lining of the bag with two pieces measuring 30×41 cm
One colour for the ears
One colour for the inside ears
Pom Pom maker (7cm) or card circles 7cm in diameter
Draw out a template on paper for the bunny ears, with one larger template piece for the outer ear and a smaller template for the inside ear detail.
Cut out the templates and use them to cut out 8 large ear pieces leaving a 0.5cm seam allowance, and 2 smaller ear pieces leaving no seam allowance.
Sew the smaller ear piece onto the front of one of the larger ear pieces 1cm up from the bottom edge.
Place the front ear piece right sides together with another large ear piece and sew around to secure leaving the bottom edge unsewn, turn out the right way, press and repeat with the remaining smaller ear piece. Sew the remaining ear pieces together by placing two large ear pieces right sides together and sewing around leaving the bottom edge unsewn.
Turn out the right way and press.
Take one of the main bag fabric pieces (30x42cm) and fold the top edge over by 2cm, place the two rabbit ears with inside ear detail along the top edge with the bottom edge of the ear 1cm down from the top edge of the fabric and the inside ear detail facing out. Pin to secure then sew along the top edge. Repeat with the other main bag piece using the two remaining rabbit ears without inside ear detail.
Place the front and back of the main bag right sides together and sew around to secure. Do not turn out the right way.
Take one of the bag lining pieces (30x41cm) and fold the top edge over by 2cm and sew along the edge to secure. Repeat with the other lining piece. Take the two lining pieces and place wrong sides together and sew around to secure.
Place the main bag inside the lining of the bag and sew around the top edge to secure using a slip stitch. Then turn out the right way.
Sew the top edges of the bunny ears together using a slip stitch.
After making some spring themed drawstring bags I decided to keep on going with the spring themed makes and make some more Bunny rabbits with secret storage pouch. I only managed to make one of these last year while putting together a tutorial for The Craft Cotton Company and have had them on my to do list since then – finally (and with plenty of time for once) I have got some more finished so I can take that job off my list (which still seems to be growing on a daily basis!)
I used the same Craft Cotton Company yarn dyed stripe fabric for these as the colours worked out well for the rabbits when I made them last time so I decided to stick with it for these.
With spring approaching it’s time to get making some spring chickens!
With spring sneaking up on me I decided it was time to get making some spring themed makes so I wouldn’t get behind (Like normal) and end up making things in a panic at the last minute.
First up are some drawstring chicken bags. I used a pattern I put together for The Craft Cotton Company last year for these and some Craft Cotton Company Fabric (Chickie fat quarter set) from in my stash that I used to make the original one.