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My daughter absolutely loves Easter egg hunts, so I thought I'd make her a fun bag to carry her eggs. Everything is cuter with an animal face on it, so it was only natural to combine an adorable bunny and basket, perfect for stashing treats.
This DIY project is fast and easy and requires very little sewing. Best, it's guaranteed to win over your little one's heart. A win for everyone!
Here's what you need:
- Half yard of white or off-white felt - Scraps of felt in pink and black - Coordinating thread - Scissors - Rotary cutter (optional) - Fabric marking pen (optional)
Felt is a great material to use for simple projects, because it's easy to cut and sew. It doesn't fray, so you don't have to finish any edges. I recommend using a wool blend felt for the body of the basket, because it tends to be thicker and sturdier than acrylic felt and will make for a more structured basket. Acrylic felt will be more floppy, but is totally fine for the eyes, nose and ear details.
Let's get started!
First, cut two 14-inch by 18-inch rectangles from your white felt.
Following the diagram and cut out three rectangles along the top to create the basket shape. The easiest way for me is to use a ruler and a rotary cutter. If you are just using scissors, it helps to mark your lines with a fabric marking pen.
Start by measuring 10 inches up from the bottom and cutting across three inches. From that point, cut straight up (8 inches). Measure 2 inches over, and cut a straight line down 8 inches. Cut across 4 inches and then back up to the top. Measure 2 inches over again and cut a straight line down 8 inches. Then make one more cut across 3 inches.
You should be left with a shape like this. Repeat with your second piece of white felt.
Next, cut out your bunny face from your felt scraps. You can try to sketch out different shapes, sizes and placements for eyes and nose. I kept my face super simple, because I was short on time, but you could play around with adding a mouth and whiskers or rosy cheeks — whatever kind of face you want.
Pin the felt details onto one of the white basket pieces and hand or machine sew them on.
Place the two basket pieces "right" sides together, essentially, inside out. Sew along the side and bottom of the basket with a ½-inch seam allowance. If you are machine sewing, be sure to backstitch at both ends. Sew the tops of the handles together as well (also with a ½-inch seam allowance). Press your seams with your iron on low heat.
Now this may be the hardest part of the whole project, but even so, you can totally do it! We're going to box out the bottom of the basket so it will stand on it's own. Start with one of the bottom corners, pinch the front and back of the basket and pull them outwards. This should form a right triangle with the side and bottom seams lined up on top each other. Measure 2 inches from the tip, and mark a straight line across. Sew along this line and trim the corner off.
Turn it right side out, and you're done!
Fill it with some goodies for your kid to find Easter morning or they can use it to carry their eggs during the big hunt.
Or maybe just make one to tote around every day essentials in Either way, it's bound to brighten someone's spring day.