SEWYEAR EASTER BUNNY EARS

FRONT OF DRESS AND SHOES AND HEADBAND

Easter will soon be upon us and for my Velcrobrand Blog post this month I’ve created a sweet little bunny outfit complete with shoes and bunny ears (above).  If you want to know how to make the costume and decorate the shoes then head over to their blog here. If you want to know how to make the bunny ears then read on!

These bunny ears are made from my favourite material of the moment- grey marl sweatshirt fabric… I love it because its easy to work with, doesn’t fray and give everything that little bit of casual cool. I’ve decorated them with felt flowers – because everything looks better decorated with flowers!

 

BUNNY EARS FLORAL CROWN SEWYEAH

 

YOU WILL NEED:

for the headband: 2 pipecleaners, 1 plastic headband, grey marl fabric or similar about 30 x 20 cm, bondaweb or fabric glue, fabric for inner ear – patterned cotton or similar, glue gun, various coloured felt, needle and thread.

 

instructions after the pic …

SEWYEAH EASTER BUNNY EARS HOW TO1

 

  1. Fold one pipe cleaner in half and shape so it looks like a bunny ear.
  2. Place two pieces of the marl fabric together right sides facing and then place the pipe cleaner onto the top piece and draw around approximately 1cm from the cleaner. Draw the base of the ear as a wide opening (about 4cm) (you should be drawing on the wrong side of the fabric)
  3. Repeat for a second ear
  4. Machine sew around the ears following your drawn line. Stop and start about 2cm up from the base of the ear. Trim away any excess fabric and notch around the curves.
  5. Turn both ears right side out and press.
  6. Fix the Bondaweb to a piece of the inner ear fabric then cut two ear shapes smaller than the main ears by about 2cm all round.
  7. Iron these in place on the main ears (instead of Bondaweb you could use fabric glue)
  8. Insert one pipe cleaner into each ear.
  9. Bend the ears to give them some character.
  10. Take one ear and wrap the two ends of the pipe cleaner around the headband.
  11. Pull the marl fabric down over the pipe cleaner ends and the headband and use a glue gun to fix in place.
  12. Repeat with the second ear.
  13. Make lots of felt flowers (see instructions below) and then use the glue gun to fix in place around the ears.

 

TO MAKE THE FLOWERS

SEWYEAH EASTER FELT FLOWERS PRIMROSETo make the primrose:

  1. Cut a 12cm x 3cm rectangle of yellow felt, concertina this into 5 sections and then cut an arch across the top.
  2. Unfold the rectangle and trim to neaten the petal shape if necessary. Cut a 7 x 2cm rectangle from the cream felt, then from this cut a freestyle wobbly shape similar to the one in the photograph. Finally cut two leaf shapes from the green felt.
  3. Roll the cream petals into a tight roll and sew a couple of stitches across the bottom to hold them in place. Take the yellow petals and using a needle and thread sew a medium size running stitch along the straight edge. Pull the two ends of thread to gather the petals up, knot the thread to hold the flower closed
  4. Insert the cream petals into the middle of the yellow ones and fix with a couple of stitches or a blob of glue.

SEWYEAH EASTER FELT FLOWERS CHRYSANTHEMUM

To make the Chrysanthemum:

  1. Cut a 10 x 3cm rectangle of felt, fold in half lengthways and snip into it at 5mm intervals. Make sure you don’t cut all the way through!
  2. Keeping the felt folded in half and starting at one end roll into a tight bud shape. Fix at the outside edge with a small dab of glue or a couple of stitches.

SEWYEAH EASTER FELT FLOWERS ROSETo make the Rose

  1. Cut a felt circle approximately 6cm in diameter. Starting at the outside cut a spiral shape into the circle, you can cut with a straight line, or a wavy one.
  2. Don’t worry about being too perfect as a wobbly line adds to the uniqueness of the final flower. Starting from the outside of the circle again roll the flower up.
  3.  Then fix the middle of the spiral to the bottom of the flower with a blob of glue.

Remember if you want to make the shoes and Bunny dress click here for the instructions.

 

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flower garland

There are two pages in my book Felt Sew Good that really make me happy, I think it’s because there’s a lovely coming together of styling, photography and type. These pages are both instructionals, one teaches you how to make a variety of flowers (the above project is also from the book) and the other how to make feathers.

HOW TO MAKE FELT FLOWERS

click to download PDF

HowToMake_Feathers

click to download PDF

Once you’ve mastered these simple skills then there’s no end to the things you can make! I’ve put together a Pinterest page here with lots of inspiring pictures of flowery/feathery things that you could easily make versions of with a little time and imagination (and if you don’t want to get crafty then lots of them are for sale)

pinterest feather flower inspiration

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At the top of my list is making a festival headdress, one day I hope to get round to it.