Bunny Ornament Tutorial

ChristinaDecember 19, 2010

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A few of us quilt-y friends decided last month to do an ornament swap.  Our deadline to mail was this week and my secret partner got her ornament!  We roped Yahaira into choosing our partners for us so none of us would have an idea of what were were getting.  Jeni was my swap partner and I was so happy to have the opportunity to spoil her since she spoils all of us!  I knew right from the start I wanted to make her a bunny ornament and came up with the idea of doing a small patchwork stuffed one, but that didn’t quite turn out as planned.  The ears were too narrow to pull through, so I had to come up with another plan…because I wasn’t going to make another 66 piece tiny patchwork piece again.  So the project slowly evolved into what you see and I couldn’t be more happy with it!  I have plans to make an owl, and a Christmas tree with green patchwork, and…  Lots of stuff.

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So this will be a quick tutorial…because it’s really simple.  You really could figure this out on your own, but I’ll give you the template I used and some quick instructions.

1. Cut out 66-1” squares from your fabric (I used my tiny scraps for this)
2. Sew the pieces together into 6 strips of 11 squares with a 1/4” seam allowance, making sure to use a shorter stitch length to better hold the pieces together.
3. Sew your 6 strips together.
4. Trace the bunny template onto the paper side of fusible web and iron on to the backside of the patchwork piece.
5. Cut out the bunny shape and peel away the paper backing.  Iron on to your backing fabric (I used a large scrap of linen)
6. Sew a running stitch around the outside edge of the bunny with three strands of embroidery floss.
7. Layer on top of batting and backing fabric (with fabrics right sides out).  Trim your fabrics with a 3/4” of the backing fabric left around your bunny.  Your rectangle should be approximately 4” x 6-3/4”.
8. Edge stitch around your rectangle with a 1/4” seam allowance leaving an opening at the top to insert the loop later.
9. Trim your edges with a pinking blade or shears.
10. Insert your ribbon loop and top stitch opening closed.
11. Glue on your bunny tail (a pom-pom) with fabric glue.

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A lot of directions, but it’s really pretty quick and easy!  The tiny patchwork seems hard, but it’s really not.  It won’t be perfect – small patchwork rarely is – so just go with it.  Make sure to give yourself a small stitch length when sewing it together so it doesn’t separate as you work with it.  I’d love to see what you create – feel free to add it to my Flickr group!

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You know what I especially love about this ornament?  I could see it hanging in a craft room all year long!

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Edited :: Per Yahaira’s casual request, here’s a dog for the dog lovers out there.  Just exclude the bunny tail part of the directions.

Edited Again :: And a kitty for the kitty lovers out there…

…and an owl

…and a robot

Comments (29)

  • Katie

    December 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I saw Jeni’s post about the package you sent her and I just loved the ornament :)

  • Michele

    December 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    That is so stinkin’ cute!

  • Giddy for Paisley

    December 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Adorable!

  • Kristine Hanson

    December 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    so cute Christina!

  • Rachel Hauser

    December 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Ooh, thanks for the tip about using a small stitch length. I wouldn’t have thought to do that!

  • andrea creates

    December 19, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    super cute!

  • tracy_a

    December 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    lovely! thanks for sharing!

  • Chase

    December 19, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    so cute!

  • Donna

    December 19, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    love love – maybe the kitty one will be margo’s ornament fornext year..

    in the mean time, i have tons of green scraps from a failed wall hanging..so maybe some little trees would be cute done this way!

  • maggiesquiltnthreads

    December 20, 2010 at 12:50 am

    This is super cute I love it! I think i’m going to have to make some for my tree … dunno if they will be done for this year though my list is pretty long and time is short lol! thanks for sharing!

  • CraftCrave

    December 20, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [20 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  • Poppyprint

    December 20, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Sweet!!

  • Megs

    December 20, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    This is adorable! I’ve already started a file for NEXT Christmas and this one is definitely IN!

  • patterns by figgys

    December 21, 2010 at 1:06 am

    how cute are you and that ornament!

  • Angela

    December 21, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Christina, these are all so cute! Thanks for making us the extra ones.. can’t wait ot try them out.

  • [email protected]

    December 23, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    This is beyond cute. Thank you SO much for this. I have got to make the kitty! I’ll be linking as wel.

  • Susan in SC

    December 30, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Love this ornament!

  • urbancraft

    January 14, 2011 at 12:24 am

    this is super cute and I’m thinking maybe a cool easter gift, too?

  • Coffeebean’s Dailies

    January 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    oh thank you so much for doing this and sharing your lovely extra patterns with us. me, i’m a kitty girl! thanks!!

  • notes of sincerity

    February 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Oh how cute!!
    Thank you for sharing.
    This will be the perfect craft for Easter and my cat lovers!! :o)
    Sincerely, Trish

  • DonnaP

    April 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    These are darling – I can see these as door hangers with my nephew’s and niece’s name on them!

  • Elizabeth Lewis

    January 6, 2013 at 6:53 am

    That’s so cute! Wow!
    Liz

  • HagridsMom

    February 23, 2014 at 11:10 am

    TY for sharing – the cat is darling too! They will be great small gifts. And who doesn’t have tiny scraps?

  • Hannah

    April 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    this is soooo cute! I would love to make this one day. I included it into my Easter Round up: http://www.sewadorablefabrics.com/10-cute-quick-diy-easter-projects/
    Thanks, Hannah

  • Pauline

    February 27, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    This is very very close to NanaCompany’s work.

    1. Christina

      February 28, 2015 at 11:25 am

      As in her style or did she also make a patchwork bunny?

    2. Christina

      February 28, 2015 at 11:31 am

      I went and took a peek, she has a very cute style. She did indeed do a scrappy patchwork bunny in 2012, two years after I did this post. Perhaps she was inspired, wouldn’t that be a honor from someone that does such cute work.

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  • eva kampi

    March 17, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Amei seu trabalho e gostaria de me inscrever, mas não consigoooooo! Que faço? bjs Eva

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