Sewing Tutorial: Fabric Yo-Yo Easter Bunny Pattern, Perfect For Scrap Busting

This yo-yo bunny is perfect for Easter and great for using up fabric leftovers

As mentioned in my previous quilt post I always have bits of fabric left over from projects and am currently looking for ways to use them up so they don’t go to waste and don’t end up taking over my craft cupboard which is starting to become a loosing battle. As Easter is rapidly approaching I came up with a few ideas to make some Easter makes using fabric yo-yos. I haven’t made yo-yos in years and to be honest had completely forgot about them until I came across an old make of mine from when I was little which used them.

The first Easter yoyo make is a very cute little bunny, you could make this as big or as small as you like, all you need to do is change the size of the yo-yo pattern.

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

Fabric yoyo Easter bunny tutorial

To change the size of the finished bunny all you need to do is alter the size of the yoyos.

Materials

  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Pins
  • Fabric – I used off cuts from fabrics I have used previously by the Craft Cotton Company
  • 4 small buttons
  • Toy stuffing
  • Paper to make the yoyo template

Assembly

  • Make the yoyo template:
    • You will need two different sized circles for this make, one larger one for the body arms and legs, and a smaller one for the hands and feet. For larger yoyo I used a circle with an 11.5 cm diameter, and for the smaller yoyo I used a circle with a diameter of 6.5 cm.

  • Cutting out the fabric:
    • I cut out the following number of fabric circles:
      • 14 large circles for body.
      • 8 large circles for each arm (16 in total).
      • 12 large circles for each leg (24 in total).
      • 4 smaller circles for hands and feet.
      • 1 small circle for tail.
      • 4 large circles for the ears.
      • 2 small circles with an added 0.5cm seam allowance for the face.

  • Making the yoyos:
    • Thread your needle, and tie a knot in the end of the thread. Now, turning the edge of the circle inwards, sew around the edge of the circle, and once you reach the point where you started, pull the thread so the fabric gathers up. Fasten this off and you have made your first yoyo – repeat until you have made all the yoyos.
  • Sewing the bunny together:
    • The body:
      • For the body sew 14 of the yoyos together, with the gathered back of each yoyo facing downwards. Fasten off, but leave a long thread to attach the head.
    • The arms:
      • Starting with a button, cast on and sew on to the front of the smaller yoyo. Continue sewing through 8 of the arm yoyos, and then wrap the arm thread around the body thread 3 yoyos from the top. Make a small stitch into the yoyo of the body to secure and then sew on the remaining 8 arm yoyos, the smaller yoyo, and then finish with a button. Fasten off.
    • The legs:
      • Starting with a button, cast on and sew on to the front of the smaller yoyo. Continue sewing through 12 of the leg yoyos, and then wrap the thread around the body thread 1 yoyo from the bottom. Make a small stitch into the body yoyo to secure and then sew on the remaining 12 leg yoyos, the smaller yoyo, and then finish with a button. Fasten off.

  •  Making the ears:
    • Fold a large circle in half and draw the outline for half an ear. Cut this shape and use this as a template to make 3 more ear pieces. I chose to use grey for the back of both ears, and a pink and white speckle for the front. Place the front and back ear pieces right sides together and sew around leaving a 4 cm gap, turn right way around and slip stitch closed. Fold each side of the bottom edge of the ear inward and sew.

  • Making the face:
    • Lay the back face piece with right side up. Place the ears with their bases hanging 0.5 cm over the edge of the head piece with their front sides facing upwards. Now place the front piece on top and sew around the edge leaving a 4cm gap. Tuck the ears in you so you don’t end up sewing them into the seam. Turn the right way around, stuff and slip stitch closed. Sew on eye, nose, and mouth details.

  • Making the tail:
    • Make a small yoyo and sew onto back of rabbit, 3 yoyos from the base of the body.
  • All finished!


Sewing Patchwork Easter Eggs

I saw the pattern for these eggs in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine issue 19, and knew I had fabric which would be perfect for making them.  The only problem I had was whether I would get them finished in time for Easter with it being only a week away! Luckily I had a little bit of help (thank you mum!!) with the  snipping of the eggs along the inside seams once they were sewn together and I have just got them finished this evening – with plenty of time to spare!

They are perfect for using up any small bits of fabric – which I seem to have a ridiculous amount of, so I had more than enough to make a set of 12! They were also really simple to do and much quicker to make than I thought they would be! Very happy, I can’t wait until Easter! 

Crochet Food Series: Crochet Fried Egg Pattern

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A friend of mine has two little ones who are needing some more play food for their play kitchen, so decided I would crochet some up for them as a gift for Easter to go with their chocolate eggs, they will last a lot longer than the chocolate which will be gone in minutes!

I wasn’t too sure what to make to start, so made a list of some foods to try and have started with what thought would be the easiest to make a pattern for – a egg for frying! Or a splattered cream egg since its Easter!

I cracked two of these up in no time and had them done in one evening, I am happy they have come out so well, and am glad I choose to put a stuffed dome on for the yolk at it makes them look even more realistic!

Not too sure what I will make next..I will keep you posted as soon as I have done something else!

Crochet fried egg pattern:

Materials:

  • 4mm hook.
  • I used DMC Natura Just Cotton in Tournesol N16 (yellow) and Ibiza N01 (white). You could also use any DK wool.

Fried egg:

In yellow:

Round 1: make a magic ring, ch1, 6sc into ring.
Round 2: 2sc into each sc.
Round 3: 2sc into next stitch, 1sc.
Round 4: 2sc into next stitch, 2sc.
Round 5: 2sc into next stitch, 3sc.

Change to white:

Round 6: sc around.
Round 7: 2sc into next stitch, 4sc.
Round 8: 2sc into next stitch, 5sc.
Round 9: 2sc into next stitch, 6sc.

Row 1: 10sc, turn.
Row 2: ch1, 10sc, turn.
Row 3: ch1, sc2tog, 6sc, sc2tog, turn.
Row 4: ch1, sc2tog, 4sc, sc2tog, turn.
Row 5: ch1, sc2tog, 2sc, sc2tog, turn.
Row 6: ch1, sc2tog, twice, turn.

ch1, 2sc, then sc down edge of rows 1-6, 18sc, turn.

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Row 1: ch1, 16sc, turn.
Row 2: ch1, sc2tog, 12sc, sc2tog, turn.
Row 3: ch1, sc2tog, 10sc, sc2tog, turn.
Row 4: ch1, sc2tog, 8sc, sc2tog, turn.
Row 5: ch1, sc2tog, 6sc, sc2tog, turn.
Row 6: ch1, sc2tog, 4sc, sc2tog, turn.
Row 7: ch1, sc2tog, 2sc, sc2tog, turn.

ch1, 4sc, then sc down edge of rows 1-7, 12sc, turn.

Row 1: ch1, sc2tog, 6sc, sc2tog, turn.
Row 2: ch1, sc2tog, 4sc, sc2tog, turn.
Row 3: ch1, sc2tog, 2sc, sc2tog, turn.
Row 4: ch1, sc2tog twice.

sc down edge of rows 1-4, 11sc, turn.

Row 1: ch1, sc2tog, 4sc, sc2tog.
Row 2: ch1, sc2tog, 2sc, sc2tog.

sc down edge of rows 1-2, this takes you back to the start of the egg edge waves.

sc around the whole of the edge of the egg, slip stitch into dc at the start.
Fasten off.

Fasten off all loose ends.

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Yolk dome:
In yellow:

Round 1: make a magic ring, ch1, 6sc into ring.
Round 2: 2sc into each sc.
Round 3: 2sc into each sc.
Round 4: sc around.
Round 5: sc around.
Round 6: sc around.
Fasten off, leaving long tail to attach to egg base.

Place stuffing into yolk dome, then sew onto the egg base in the same location as the yolk area crocheted previously.

Fasten off all loose ends.

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Crochet Bird Potholder – Perfect Make For Easter

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It’s a busy time of year for me again at the moment for making gifts, first there is Mother’s Day, closely followed by Easter both of which I have a number of projects to make for! Not that I am complaining about having things to make – I love making gifts, my main concern is whether I will get them all finished in time! Also I have a number of projects I am itching to get started on and to complete for myself, but these will just have to wait for now!

I have been busy this week working on both my Mother’s Day present and Easter one, and have just got the Easter one finished first……

Cheeping happily out of the craft basket is a very cute bird potholder! I came across this pot holder in Simply Crochet magazine issue 28 and just had to make it for Easter! I had some cotton in different shades of blue left over from another project which I knew would be perfect, along with some leftover cotton in Orange and yellow so set about making it. I was really surprised how quickly it came together – I had it finished in an evening! I love a quick make – especially when I have so many others I want to get done!

This cherpy little make is brilliant, it makes me smile when I look at it, and it is going to make a perfect present for Easter, I like giving something crafty to keep along with a chocolate egg so that the recipient can use it for the next Easter too, it means it’s around for a lot longer than any of the chocolate! I liked it so much – I made another one for myself!

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