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Bunny Basket

This Easter basket, with its long bunny ears and cute cottontail, makes a fun project for anyone who knows how to sew.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, April 2011

Introduction

Learn how to sew a cute Easter basket, made to look just like a bunny with long ears and a cottontail, using our printable templates. This is a fun Easter project that anyone who knows how to sew can put together, so gather family and friends young and old to craft their own holiday baskets. 

materials

  • Craft scissors

  • Tape

  • Cotton fabric

  • Handheld iron

  • Scalloped fabric scissors

  • Vanishing fabric marker

  • Sewing needle

  • Fabric glue

  • Pink embroidery floss

  • Heavyweight fusible interfacing

  • Felt, in white, blue, and pink

  • Straight pins

  • Sewing machine and supplies

  • White pom-pom

  • Chopstick or knitting needle (optional)

steps

  1. Download and print both templates on legal-sized paper (8.5 by 14 inches). Cut out both using scissors and tape ear pieces together as indicated.

  2. With fabric scissors and following the Bunny Basket template 2 as a guide, cut out one rectangle from fabric, one from white felt, and one from heavyweight fusible interfacing. For each cutout, fold fabric in half, place the dashed line of the template on the fold, trace in vanishing fabric marker, and cut out. The resulting rectangles of fabric should be twice the length of the template (6 3/8 by 21 inches).

  3. Use an iron to attach fusible interfacing to the wrong side of cotton fabric as directed on interfacing packaging. (Note: This adds rigidity to the cotton and to prevent fraying when cutting.)

  4. With a vanishing fabric marker, trace Bunny Basket template 1 in the center of the white felt rectangle. Cut 2 eyes from blue felt and a nose from pink felt and attach these to the face using fabric glue. With a needle threaded with pink floss, embroider a mouth onto the face using the backstitch.

  5. Layer felt and interfacing-backed cotton rectangles, right sides facing out, and secure with pins. Using scalloped fabric scissors, trim the top long edge of the rectangles.

  6. To make ears, cut 2 ear shapes from both the cotton fabric and the white felt. With right sides facing, sew fabric and felt together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, leaving openings as indicated on the template.

  7. Turn both ears right side out and sew the seam opening closed with a slipstitch. With an iron, press both ears flat. (Tip: To get a perfect point in each of the ears, use a chopstick or knitting needle to push out the seam.)

  8. Insert each ear between cotton and felt rectangles, along the scalloped edge, 4 1/2 inches in from each side (as indicated on Bunny Basket template 2) and pin in place. The felt side of the ears should be facing down.

  9. Machine-stitch long edges of the rectangles together, securing the ears in place with a 3/8-inch seam allowance.

  10. With the white felt rectangle on the inside, pin short edges of rectangle together to form a tube. Sew these edges together with a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Turn tube right side out, making sure the face is on the outside of the basket.

  11. Using the Bunny Basket template 2 as a guide, cut out a 7-inch circle of white felt. Secure into bottom of basket by inserting pins from the outside of the tube. On the sewing machine, sew bottom circle to basket along bottom edge of tube.

  12. For the cottontail, use a needle and thread (or fabric glue) to attach a white pom-pom to the bottom back of the basket. Tie ears together to form the handle, as pictured.

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