DIY: Bunny ornament

IMG_2721Just in time for Easter! This little felt bunny is perfect for your Easter trimmings or a super cute addition to an Easter basket. With minimal supplies and basic sewing skills you can make one, two, or a whole litter of these cuties. A complete pattern with bunny templates is attached to this post. Let me show you how easy these are to make!

Here is what you’ll need: wool felt, embroidery thread, stuffing, and some basic sewing tools.

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First, you transfer the pattern to the felt using a transfer pencil. Draw the transfer outline outside the pattern lines and then cut the bunny just inside the transfer lines. (See below that I did not do this, so my bunny has a slightly pink edge.) Also, make the lines as light as you can. I recommend testing your transfer line on a little scrap of felt. Then, cut out two bunnies and embroider the pattern on each one.

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After you embroider the pattern, just blanket stitch the two bunny pieces together.

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Leave a one-inch gap so you can add your stuffing. Then, close the gap using the same blanket stitch.

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And here is your cute bunny.

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Click the link for the complete instructions with the pattern pieces.

Bunny Ornament Pattern

(The bunny at the top of the post is an alternate version with applique ears instead of embroidery.)

Fabric stacks for new projects

I have a green bookcase in my bedroom that I am really not fond of–what possessed me to buy a translucent green plastic bookcase? But I’ve decided to embrace the green and make cushions and a quilt with yellow, green and blues.┬áHere is a stack of colors for a yellow cushion. I am thinking of a simple squares of color around a center of off-white. All these Kona cottons were purchased from Marmalade Fabrics–my favorite online source for solids.

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And here is a stack of colors for a quilt. It’s practically spring here in Florida (sorry New Englanders!) so these colors are perfect for a room refresh.

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Ho Ho Ho, and all that

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The advent calendar was a big success! It was really fun to see the little village come together–so I thought I’d take a picture in all its elfin glory. Cheers!

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Bunny ornaments

img_24381These little bunnies are easy and addictive to make–plus so cute! I had some left over wool felt from a tree skirt I made last year and wool stuffing that I bought ages ago and have used countless times. (I love when a seemingly extravagant purchase turns out to be perfectly practical.) I made a cardstock template and cut out two felt bunnies for each ornament. I added the embroidered details and then blanket stitched the two sides together leaving a gap for stuffing. I learned after a few bunnies that more stuffing is better and it’s important to fill all the spaces. Then I just closed the gap and left a loop of thread for hanging. Simple!

Advent calendar

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Five days of cuteness! Still to come, six more peg elves, two more elf houses, the big guy himself on the 24th, and some other little surprises. I’ve had so much fun making this advent calendar. I haven’t painted anything except walls in a long time, and I was a little out of practice. My skills definitely improved after a few elves–the elf waiting on December 18 is superlatively cute. The little drawstring bags were pretty easy to make and I just stamped the numbers on with a regular ink pad. I still have a few more things to make–Santa’s house!–but I’ve got days and days to finish up.

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