I’ve been tidying up my sewing room and came across a tin full of pastel toned paper pieced hexies that never made it into my Hexagon Table Runner. All those pretty vintage florals got me thinking about Easter themed crafting, and after having a little play with the hexagon shapes, these cute little bunnies hopped right out at me.
These Mini Bunny Pillows are fun to hand stitch and can be made with the smallest of fabric scraps. If you’d like them to scent your drawers or wardrobe, include some dried lavender to make them smell just as sweet as they look. They would make a great Easter gift that lasts all year round, add a pin to the back to turn your mini bunny in to a wearable brooch.
You will need:
Fabric scraps large enough to make 4 hexies
Hexagon template (available here with making instructions)
Matching thread and sewing needle
Dark embroidery floss (stranded) and embroidery needle
Erasable fabric marker
Stuffing or cotton wool
Dried lavender (optional)
Felt flower embellishment
General sewing supplies.
Make 4 hexie shapes as directed in this post – Paper Pieced Hexies + Template
2 x light colour for face
2 x bright colour for ears
A. Press hexagon shapes with an iron to mark edges.
B. Remove papers.
C. Fold in half as shown and pin.
D. Whip stitch 2 edges shown on photo C. Set aside.
1. Press hexies but keep papers in.
2 & 3. With right sides together, whip stitch around the 3 sides shown joining the hexies together. The smaller the stitches the neater the final result.
4. Remove papers and turn right side out.
5. Draw on face with erasable marker. Make a little Y shape for the nose and 2 dots next to the top of the Y for eyes.
6. Embroider face with 3 strands of floss. See stitching guide below.
Start with left eye, make 3 small stitches, then nose, finishing with right eye and secure.
7. Stuff with small amount of stuffing, add lavender if desired.
8. Here is where the ears will join.
9. Flip the ear towards the back and join using whip stitch. Make sure you catch all the four layers.
10. Work around the top of the head and join the other ear.
11. Bend the ears forward and secure in place with a couple of small stitches. The best spot to do this is where the arrow is pointing.
12. Erase marker lines with water and sew on felt flower.
These cute mini can be attached to coat hangers, just add a ribbon or safety pin to the back. They will certainly brighten up your wardrobe.
Go and dig out those left over hexies and fabric scraps from quilting projects, and make a heap of these for family and friends. I bet you won’t stop at just one.