Thursday, March 21, 2013

Easter Bunny Pillow Tutorial

Bunny Pillow
Bunny Pillow

Bunnies are sweet creatures that love your garden and rose bushes as much, if not more in some cases, as you.  They truly do appreciate the efforts you go through for them.

Well, DH and I don't have any pet bunnies but we do have them outside in our back yard.

We thought it might be a nice addition to bring a bunny into our home.  This little bunny pillow that measures a whopping 5" x 7" does the trick nicely.

Here's how Little Bunny came to live with us: 

You will need:

  • Scrap Fabric
  • Scrap Fabric for Stuffing or some kind of Filler
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Paper 
  • Pencil
The sewing machine is nice but not completely necessary.  This project is small enough that sewing by hand won't take much time.  In addition, do not be afraid of the embroidery portion of this project.  If you can sew then you can do the stitches for outlining the bunny.  The embroidery stitch is basically a running back stitch.

Trust me, if I can do this, so can you!
Start with finding a picture of a bunny that has fairly clean lines.  I copied this out of a book years ago and of course do not know which one.

Cut and pin the bunny to your fabric.

Here is the outline of the bunny on the fabric.  I used a pencil.

Then draw in (by free hand) the internal lines of the hind legs, whiskers, eye, and ear.

Princess Lilly Bean doing some embroidery work.

Make your stitches fairly even and on the smaller side.  When going around the curves, your stitches will be even smaller.

Here is the completed embroidery portion of the pillow.

If you don't want to make a pillow you can stop now and simply frame your art work.

Cut out two squares of your fabric to make the pillow.  I used leftover fabric from another project and was able to get two squares that were approximately 6" x 8" each.  The floral side of the fabric was the front on my other project but is the back side of the pillow.

Put the right sides of the fabric together.

Stitch all the way around three complete sides of the pillow.  I like to leave an opening big enough to get my hand in on the bottom of the pillow.  Be sure to back-stitch at the openings so your thread doesn't unravel while turning right side out.

Cut the corners at an angle to help with the turning of the fabric right side out.  This picture is still inside out.  You're looking at the reverse side of the bunny - see the stitch marks?

Pillow is now right side out and the opening is fairly large enough for me to pull all the fabric through.

Stuff your adorable bunny pillow with bits and pieces of fabric.  This is a great way to justify not throwing out the tiniest pieces of fabric.  Come on, I bet you do this!  If not, maybe this is a good reason to start.

Aren't you the most clever little crafter!  Look at this super cute pillow that will fit in with any decor.  The best thing is that this little guy won't eat your plants or bouquets of flowers.

From a thought and a piece of paper, we now have the most adorable pillow.  We might have to think about adding to our little animal collection and maybe include a bird, squirrel, kitty cat, or even a dog.

How do you use your stash of scrap fabric?  Please share your projects with us.  In fact, would you like to guest post one of your tutorial projects here on Substance of Living?

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