March 27, 2014

Easter Bunny Softie Pattern and Tutorial #yearofcelebrations

Stitch up a sweet little Easter bunny softie to tuck into the Easter basket of a special child, or to use as a darling addition to your home’s spring decor. Today, I’m sharing the inspiration behind these little cuties, as well as the free pattern and step-by-step tutorial for how to create them. Would you believe this is an easy sewing project that is entirely do-able in 30 minutes or less? Let me fill you in on all of the details!

Adorable Easter bunny softie pattern and tutorial at Positively Splendid. So cute and easy to make!

When I was little, my Mammo used to make the neatest little softies out of old chenille bedspreads and matelasse coverlets. I can still remember vividly a teddy bear version that sat on the bench in our entryway, and there were plenty of other little creatures that he had as sidekicks, one of which was a sweet little bunny rabbit that always made an appearance at Easter time. It was that little bunny that inspired this Easter bunny softie project!

For this project, I used some lovely matelasse fabric I purchased in the home decor section at Jo-Ann. (Matelasse, which is French for “quilted,” is fabric with a quilted design, typically in a monochromatic color scheme.) This is the same fabric I used for the fur-trimmed stockings in my rustic-luxe holiday mantel last year, and I had just the right amount of scraps left over from that project to put to good use here. If you can’t get your hands on any matelasse fabric, some other great options would be to go thrifting for old bedspreads or tablecloths. Or, these little bunnies would be darling stitched up in your favorite brightly colored cottons!

For this project, you will need…

Instructions:

  • Download and print the bunny softie pattern (linked above), and cut out the pattern piece.
  • Cut out 2 bunny body pieces, making sure the pieces are a mirror-image of each other. 
  • Place the body pieces together with right sides facing; pin. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch around the perimeter of the pieces, leaving a 2-3″ opening on the bottom edge of the pieces for turning and stuffing.
  • Using the pinking shears, carefully trim the seam as closely as possible to the stitching, paying special attention to the curves. Do not pink the edge of the fabric at the opening you left in the previous step, as this will make stitching the opening shut more challenging later on.

Adorable Easter bunny softie pattern and tutorial at Positively Splendid. So cute and easy to make!

  • Turn the piece right-side out, using the pointed end of the turning tool to ensure the ears, foot and other features are completely turned. 
  • Working with very small amounts of the fiber fill at a time, carefully stuff the softie, using the turning tool to poke the fiber fill into the small features. Continue stuffing until the softie is completely filled, but not overstuffed.

Adorable Easter bunny softie pattern and tutorial at Positively Splendid. So cute and easy to make!

Adorable Easter bunny softie pattern and tutorial at Positively Splendid. So cute and easy to make!

 

  • Use hot glue to affix the pom-pom to the bunny’s back end. (You may also hand stitch this on if you prefer.)
  • Finish by tying a bow around the bunny’s neck.

Your Easter bunny softie is complete!

I plan to tuck one of these into each of my children’s Easter baskets this year. I know they’ll love them!

Adorable Easter bunny softie pattern and tutorial at Positively Splendid. So cute and easy to make!

I love how the simplicity of the fabric here allows the brightly colored ribbon and tail to pop.

Adorable Easter bunny softie pattern and tutorial at Positively Splendid. So cute and easy to make!

I have to say that my favorite feature has to be those sweet little pom-poms. :)

Adorable Easter bunny softie pattern and tutorial at Positively Splendid. So cute and easy to make!

 

Now that I’ve shared my fun Easter creation, some of my favorite creative friends and I are pleased to invite YOU to wow us with yours!

#YearofCelebrations Pinterest Party

 

The Easter-themed Year of Celebrations Pinterest party will be held this Sunday, March 30, and y’all are all cordially invited to join in!

Hosted by…

The monthly Year of Celebrations Pinterest Party is the place to find THE most comprehensive, inspiring Pinterest board on the block. Each and every month, we’ll be focusing on a different holiday or celebration, and this month is all about Easter!

Here are all of the details for how YOU can participate:

  • What: A Pinterest Party to celebrate all things Easter!

  • When: THIS Sunday, March 30 at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. Central/ 7 p.m. MST/ 6 p.m. PST

How you can participate:

  • Round up YOUR favorite Easter projects and recipes. Anything goes: crafts, decor, sweet treats, and more!
  • Follow the Year of Celebrations Pinterest board. 

  • When the party kicks off, tweet YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day project and/or link using the hashtag #yearofcelebrations. Helpful hint: We highly recommend putting the hashtag at the beginning of your tweet to ensure it doesn’t get cut off.
  • On Sunday, March 30, tune in at the appointed time and watch as we build a board full of amazing ideas – including yours! 
  • Be sure to follow along during the party to repin and comment on the board’s posts using the hashtag #yearofcelebrations. 

We are so excited to PIN and SHARE all of your amazing projects!

See y’all there! :)

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6 Responses to Easter Bunny Softie Pattern and Tutorial #yearofcelebrations

  1. Wendy Bellino March 27, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    These are adorable! I can totally make this. Pinning this now!

  2. Crystal March 27, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    I love the bunnies!! I love the material you chose. It is perfect for the bunnies. The ribbon and tail is super cute. Thanks for the tutorial!! Pinned :)

  3. Anne Weaver March 28, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Cute!! I have a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/free-pattern-easter-bunny-softie/2014/03/28/
    –Anne

  4. Renee March 28, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    Cute Cute Cute!!! Love these…

  5. Sheri April 13, 2014 at 1:31 am #

    Thanks so much for this darling bunny tutorial! I saw it on Julie the Crafty Quilter’s blog and had to come right over for the pattern. I made a couple and did a blog post and directed people back here for the instructions. Hope that it’s okay.

  6. Trace April 15, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    Great project, quick results and really cute. Thanks

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