Friday, April 19, 2019

a stuffed bunny in overalls

I could not resist,
I made one more bunny:

Isn't he so cute with his overalls
and his striped shirt?

And look at that tail!

The pattern is again from Bustle and Sew
(April 2019 magazine)
It is a simple sew, mostly applique
with some hand embroidery details,
quite a fun project to make.

This little bunny's face reminds me a bit of
rilakkuma and miffy
no smile for this little guy!

but maybe the carrots in his pocket will cheer him up....

Happy sewing!

Monday, April 15, 2019

little goody bags for Easter: a tutorial

Over the last couple of weekends
I worked on making Easter goody bags
for my kids and nieces/nephew,
and tried not to eat all the chocolates!

The bags turned out really cute,
and there are some chocolates left,
so a total success!
I went old school for the bags
and put chicken on them
instead of bunnies.....

The pattern for the chicken is from Bustle and Sew (the April 2019 magazine)
They are a mix of felt and Liberty of London, fancy applique chickens!

So here is a little tutorial on making these little bags,
once you are done with the chicken, of course!

I started with a 16 x 8 piece of egg print fabric.
and appliqued the chicken, just like other sew illustrated things
I have been making lately.

Then I cut another print, same width but taller,
so that it can be seen from the top,
I wanted about a 1 inch visible, so 16 x 10.

I sewed it on the top, if the print is directional,
make sure it will be right side up once it is folded....
A little pressing then will be it easier 
when the lining is pushed inside the bag.

Then I folded the fabric onto itself
to make a very long rectangle,
and sewed all around it,
 except for a little section that is left opened.

From this opening, the fabric can be turned right side out.
After some ironing and pressing,
the opening can be stitched closed by hand
or machine, I like to do it by hand, it is quite fast.

Finally the lining is pushed inside the bag,
and voila!

I did a little extra top stitching at the top, 
between the main fabric and the lining 
(not seen on this picture).

To close the bags, I just use a piece of string
or ribbon.

I also made some other ones using some chicken wire fabric,
quite appropriate!
And the houndstooth is perfect for it,
it is known as rooster foot in French! 

The orange chicken bag is not lined, just sewn with French seams.

And here there are together,
waiting for this Sunday gathering!

Happy sewing!

Friday, April 5, 2019

a sweet bunny pillow cover

I sewed this cute bunny pillow for my sister:

the pattern is from Bustle and Sew.
It has a mix of applique and embroidery,
not unlike the embroidery boat we made together a while ago
(also a Bustle and Sew pattern!)
It was fun to use felt and cotton prints for the appliques
and embroidered most it by machine.
A couple flowers have hand embroidery
as does the bunny's face.

I made a very small pom pom with embroidery floss
for the tail, about a 1 inch in diameter.
It definitely will put any couch in a spring/Easter mood!

These bunnies that I made in 2012(!) are also perfect:

(pattern by Gingercake)

It had been a very long time since I made a bunny pillow,
we actually do not have any....

I must remedy this problem!

Happy sewing!

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