Happy Easter!

I made a couple of quilted Easter decorations in time for Easter this year!

OK, full disclosure… I made them last year, but didn’t get them done in time for Easter! So technically, my first statement is true… LOL!

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As soon as I saw this bunny banner pattern by Sugaridoo in Quiltnow Magazine Issue 60, I was super excited to make it! I just think this little bunny is adorable!

FYI- Quiltnow Magazine is not longer being published and they have taken down the website where this pattern was located. The pattern is not in the magazine. Sugaridoo doesn’t have this pattern on her website, but she does have a similar bunny that you could use for a bunny banner project!

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So cute with the little chick on top! The pattern is a paper pieced pattern. I did not get very creative with this one, even the fabric colors are very similar to the one she made in the magazine. I really debated the quilting. I couldn’t decide what to do and was worried this diamond shape would take away from the bunny. In the end I think it turned out just right.

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I didn’t piece the back on this one. I did add a sleeve, but didn’t use it in the photoshoot!

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And you probably know that I love to just my scraps from a project in another project or a coordinating project right away. So I made Easter eggs! Scrappy, improv Easter eggs. I used this tutorial for my eggs, but instead of a circle, I made the egg shape.

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And I used more scraps from the eggs to make the back!

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A little invisible zipper action.

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Three eggs and another chick from the original pattern, makes for a cute pillow, if I do say so myself!

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I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend and hopefully you are able to get some sewing time in! I plan too. A little Easter Egg dying and sewing for my weekend.

Easter is on It’s Way!

Today the kiddo and I went to see the Easter Bunny!

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I was recently contacted by Southcenter Mall about an opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny. I almost just said ‘Nope.’ But then I asked the kiddo and he was super excited! And full of questions. Is he going to be real? Or just a fake one to take pictures with??? I didn’t really answer the questions. I wanted to see his reaction!

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There were all sorts of cute eastery- details around the bunny!

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Love the smug smile on the kiddo! Whenever we get these pictures it’s hard to get a real smile from him!

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The Easter Bunny will be at Southcenter Mall through April 4th. There are 5 different photo packages to choose from. A portion of the Easter Bunny photos go to Support Breast and Ovarian Cancer Non-Profit, Bright Pink! A great reason to go see the bunny!

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A little High Five with the bunny!

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Other Southcenter Mall Easter activities include:

Free Easter crafts: Westfield Southcenter will be offering a free Easter craft on Thursday, March 26 and Thursday, April, 2 from 11 a.m. to noon near the Easter photo set in the Children’s Wing.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: Join Cha! Cha!, the adventurous and brave red-eyed tree frog, and the Easter Bunny for an “eggstra-special” breakfast buffet at Rainforest Café on Saturday, March 28, Sunday, March 29 or Saturday, April 4 from 8-10 a.m. Families can also participate in an Easter egg hunt, as well as enjoy free goodie bags and a free Easter basket raffle. Reservations required.

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It wasn’t the ‘real’ easter bunny, but we had fun! After the pictures we headed to the craft store to get glitter to decorate eggs with. Seeing the bunny really put us in the Easter crafting spirit! Are you crafting for Easter yet?

 

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

BunnyBaRoo- An Easter Bunny Tutorial

I have been making plushie dolls that I call ‘ghosties’ for years now and selling them around town. I wanted to make an Easter bunny and couldn’t come up with the design I wanted. Then a friend called one a bunny and I had another one of those ah-ha moments.

Does anyone remember Leo the Lop Eared Bunny??? It was one of my favorite books as a kiddo. I’d forgotten about him, until the other day. The picture in my head of the bunny I wanted to make had nice long droopy ears, just like Leo….

Here’s my version of Leo, also known as BunnyBaRoo by my son!

Materials:

Fabric for the bunny

Contrasting fabric for the underside of the ear

Scissors of Rotary Blade

Thread

Pom Pom for tail

Buttons for eyes

Download the pattern here, Easter Bunny Plushie Tutorial

Step 1: Cut each piece. See pattern for more details.

Step 2: Sew together ears, right sides together. Trim corners at the tip of the ear. Turn right side out and iron.

Step 3: Sew together the head, right sides together. Don’t sew all the way around, about ¾ of the way around. Mark the ear opening. Cut in ¾” in from the seam and cut.

Step 4: Time to sew in the ears! The ears are meant to be folded over, fold the outer edges in so that they touch. Then insert into the holes you just cut. The underside of the ear will face out. I did a mock up in random colors because it was hard to see with the white on white. In the other picture, brown is the head, pink the outside of the ear and the blue represents the underside of the ear.

Step 5: Finish sewing the body. Sew from head to bottom of each side. Don’t sew the bottom. Leave a hole on one side. Ok, so I’m taking the picture and look at the bunny, but doesn’t it look like a Barbie Winter Evening Gown??? Maybe it’s just me….

Step 6: Turn the bunny right side out and sew on the eyes and tail.

Step 7: Turn the bunny back inside itself a bit. Pin on the bottom and sew pieces together.

Step 8: Turn bunny right side out, one more time. Pull it thru the hole you left on the side. Stuff the bunny and hand sew the opening closed.

BunnyBaRoo is a quick little guy to make. I think he took me a little over an hour, which includes the photo takin’ time…

And check the basket ‘grass’. Yep, fabric strips. Fabric strips from fabric I have, which is an upcycled sheet….  Just another simple idea.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and enjoy making your very own BunnyBaRoo!

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