Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Easter bunny basket

I've enjoyed making this little Easter basket, add a bit of wadding if you like, or make a larger one to hold big eggs! I did use a bit of spray starch to give some stability to my cotton. I've made him from a triangle with a narrow opening but he'd look just as good in a square or cube shape!

For the ears I made a template from card, by drawing a rectangle measuring 4" x 2.5" and drew an arch across the top. Cut out four pieces, two of each in contrasting fabrics.

Sew the pieces together in pairs, leaving the bottom open. Trim the hem to about 1/8" from the stitch line.

Turn the right sides out and press.

Fold the bottom corners into the middle and sew across the edges.

Cut a triangle of fabric, 8" across the base and 7" tall, then cut 3" off the top, you'll need four pieces, two of each of contrasting fabrics.

Pin the ears face down to the top of the front of the basket.

I added buttons for eyes, embroidered eyebrows, and the nose and cheeks are pom-poms! Cute!

Just like making a lined bag, sew the two lining pieces to the tops of the outer pieces, sew all the way around but leave a gap in the lining for turning.

Sew across the four corners, about 2" from the points, to square off the base.

Turn the right way out then sew across the opening in the lining, glue on a pom-pom for a bob tail and fill with Easter eggs!