Traditional Easter baskets are so overdone. With this cute bunny tote bag in hand, your kiddo is practically guaranteed to find all the eggs (and look so cute along the way).
Bunny Tote Bag
What You Need
- Tape measure
- French curve ruler
- Fabric marking tool
- Point turner or skewer
- Seam gauge
- 8½" x 11" sheet of paper
- Craft glue (optional)
- Two round buttons
- Pom-pom (buy one or make your own )
- Rickrack, ribbon or yarn
1. Cut the Fabric
Cut two 11" squares and two 18" x 3" strips of fabric.
You can use any type of fabric you like, but we recommend canvas, muslin, denim or linen. Avoid using printed fabric for best results.
2. Create the Bunny Ear Pattern Piece
Fold a piece of 8½" x 11" paper in half lengthwise. Mark 1½" away from the fold and ½" up from the bottom of the paper.
Use a French curve ruler to draw a curve up to the top of the paper. Cut along this curve and open the paper — this is your bunny ear template.
3. Make the Bunny Ears
Use the template to cut four bunny ears from your leftover fabric.
Place two of the pieces right sides together and stitch around the long edges and top with a ¼" seam allowance. Leave the straight end at the bottom open. Turn your ear right side out.
Place two more pieces right sides together and stitch the same way to create the second ear. Turn the ear right side out, then use the blunt end of a skewer or a point turner to push the top of both ears into shape.
Press the bunny ears flat with the seams at the edges.
4. Build the Face
Cut strips of ribbon, rickrack or yarn to create the bunny's whiskers. Place them in the center of one 11" square, slightly criss-crossing them, and sew into place with a few machine stitches.
You want to add these embellishments before sewing your bag together, otherwise the face will be more difficult to attach.
Add a pom-pom nose in the center of the whiskers and secure it in place with craft glue or stitching. Hand sew two buttons on for the eyes.
5. Make the Handles
Press each 18" x 3" strip in half lengthwise to create a crease. Press each long edge in ¼" and fold the strip in half. Stitch the long edge to enclose the straps and create a clean edge.
6. Sew the Squares Together
Place the two fabric squares right sides together and sew across both sides and the bottom edge. Depending on your fabric, you may want to finish the seam edge with a serger .
7. Attach the Ears and Straps
Center the bunny ears over the side seams of the bag and pin them into place. Stitch to secure.
Pin the straps on either side of the bag, centered as shown in the image above. Stitch across the top edge to secure both to the bag.
8. Add Bias Binding
Cut a length of bias 3" x 22". You can use the same fabric as the bag, a contrast fabric, or pre-made bias binding. If you're making your own bias, press the strip in half lengthwise.
Pin the bias to the edge of the bag with the cut edge aligned with the top of the bag. Make sure the bunny ears and the bag handles are away from the bias edge and stitch around the top of the bag to attach the binding.
9. Finish the Bias Binding Edge
Flip the bias binding toward the inside of the bag and pull the handles and bunny ears so they won't be caught in your stitching. Pin the bias into the bag and stitch the edge to create a clean finish.
OK, how cute is that?!
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