These last few days in London have felt more like summer than spring – we had a picnic in the park, a walk along the river, and our first case of heat rash for the year. Tomorrow we are back to spring sunshine though and the countdown has begun for the Easter bunny’s visit next weekend. These moments with little children who still believe in the magic are precious and I love adding to the excitement by adding some seasonal decoration. This week I made some Easter bunny bunting, which was sew simple.
Sew simple, I thought I would send out another tutorial.
You will need…
- Heavy weight Iron on interlining
- Thread to sew
- Thread or twine (for hanging bunnies)
Step 1 – Prepare Front and Back Fabrics
Cut two pieces of fabric big enough to cover the number of bunnies you require. One of these pieces will be for the front of the bunny and the other for the back. Attach interlining to the front fabric and Bondaweb to the back fabric. Each of these will be attached using an iron to the wrong side of the fabric.
Step 2 – Cut Out Bunnies
You will need one Bondaweb bunny, one interlining bunny, one Timtex bunny and a short length of ribbon (approximately 4cm) to construct your bunny.
Draw around a template on the wrong side of the front and back fabric and cut.
Draw around a template on the Timtex. When cutting out the Timtex, cut slightly inside the lines (approximately 2mm) as this layer needs to be slightly smaller than the fabric pieces. This layer will prevent the bunny from curling up when it is hanging as bunting.
Step 3 – Attach Timtex to Front (Interlining) Piece
Place the wrong side of the front piece and the Timtex together. Using a machine embroidery foot and the right side of the fabric facing up, stitch the layers together. Trim back any Timtex sticking out from the front side of the bunny.
Step 4 – Add Decorative Details
At this point, add any decorative stitches or embellishments to the front. I have just done some simple stitching to add more detail to the ears and attached beads for the eyes.
Step 5 – Attach Bondaweb Bunny
Use the ribbon to make a loop to hang the bunny. Pin the loop to the wrong side of the front piece, between the ears.
Peel back the paper backing on the Bondaweb bunny and then place the wrong side of the front piece and the wrong side of the Bondaweb bunny together. Iron the Bondaweb bunny, fusing it to the front piece.
Using a machine embroidery foot and the right side of the fabric facing up, stitch the layers together. Do this round of stitching on the outer side of the original stitching. Go back and forth a few times where the ribbon is positioned to make it extra secure.
The bunnies are now ready to hang using ribbon or twine.
Sew simple, it was infectious. I hadn’t got very far into the making process before a little ‘creator’ joined me and ended up making his own bunny bunting.
If you haven’t already seen it, come and have a look at my tutorial on some cute Easter baskets.
Happy Easter everyone!