Finished size: Basket 3″ x 2.5″, Rabbit: 8″ tall + handle
What you need:
The pattern – available here
Two pieces of fabric – outside and inside
Iron on vilene
Scraps of white and black felt
Matching embroidery floss or fabric markers
A white pompom
1. Fold your fabric pieces in half and place the pattern on the fold.
2. Cut out the Easter Bunny Basket, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.
3. Cut around the pattern on the vilene (no seam allowance)
4. Iron the vilene to the back of the main fabric
5. Trace the the dotted and filled lines from the pattern to the outside of the lining fabric. (I use my Frixion pen that disappears with ironing)
Nanny edit: Please find new, detailed info re these pens here and make your own decisions re their use!
6. Create the face (or draw it on with fabric pens). I used small pieces of felt for the eyes and nose and backstitched the mouth.
7. Cut the pads from the white felt and sew in place in the front corners – I used the machine.
8. Put right sides together and starting at the top of a handle piece, stitch down that side to the end of the other handle piece. Repeat on the other side, leaving a space to turn through to the right side.
9. Clip into corners taking care not to cut stitching, turn it through to the right side. Push corners out carefully (I use the blunt end of a wooden skewer)
10. Ladder Stitch the opening closed and press well.
11. Stitch around the filled lines to form the base of the basket.
12. Turn in the edge of one end of the handle. Insert the end of the other handle piece and stitch.
13. Turn to the inside and fold the back corners along the dotted lines and stitch.
14. Now turn to right side, fold the front corners and stitch.
15. Press the foot flat.
16. Stitch a pom pom to the back for the tail
Now isn’t that just the cutest!!
All we need now is a egg hunt!
Nanny note: Not one chocolate egg was devoured during the making of this tutorial!!
Until next time
Hi! Today I am going to show you how to make a Hexie Keychain like this one that I made for my friend, Sue.
What you need:
1 Key ring
A feature fabric for the front
A co-ordinating fabric for the back and border
A scrap of firm, iron on wadding the size of the small hexagon – I used Vilene H640 because I had small scraps but would like something firmer
1″ and 1.75″ Templates for Hexagons – get them here
A fine needle and thread to match the fabric
1. Print the templates
2. Using the templates, cut 1 small hexie from each of the Main Fabric and the Vilene and 1 large hexie from the Coordinating fabric. Notice how the small hexie is placed to make the top of the picture at a point.
3. Iron the Vilene to the back of the feature hexie
4. Place the hexies, wrong side together, centering the small one.
Nanny note: I am using a Pilot Frixion pen – if you don’t have one, do yourself a favour! They are available at supermarkets in Australia and the beauty of them is they disappear when you press!
Nanny Edit: New, detailed info on Frixion pens here – please read and decide for yourself if you want to use them
5. Trace around the small hexie.
6. Press the edge of the large hexagon to the traced line all the way around. I used my fingers.
7. Place the small hexie back onto the large one and pin.
8. Fold the edge of one side into the line and press and then fold over to the front of the feature hexie and pin .
9. Take a needle and thread to match and start hand stitching (I used a slip stitch) about half way along that side.
10. Before you get to the corner, fold over the next side and continue around the corner making sure to catch both sides to form a neat corner.
11. Continue folding and stitching until all sides are done .
12. Take the keyring and, using a matching thread (I doubled the thread) stitch it to the top corner of the Hexie.
Taa daa – there you have it! You can stitch the corners if you like, I didn’t worry because they are all folded and stitched well.
Now I just need an owl lover! Don’t forget to share a photo if you make one – I love to see!
Until next time
I have had a number of questions about fabric terminology so today I am going to try to simplify some of the language of fabric for you.
I hope this helps you to feel more confident when shopping for fabric!
Thank you to Sue at Splash into Craft for allowing me access to her shop for photos! Why not drop by and tell her Nanny sent you!
Until next time
Take the time to make sure you match your seam lines.
Pin the zip in place: