100% Scrappy Bunny Applique

I am proud to say that this very boyish bunny applique is 100% scrappy.  I threw this together last week when I realized, with surprise, how quickly Easter is coming up!  I knew my son needed something cute to wear!  And this is how it turned out:

Like it?  Want to know how I made it??  Well, here's a little tutorial for ya!

Using my scraps, I cut the shapes I needed for the bunny face.  The scraps I had leftover from last week's hooded bear towel were actually a gold mine!!  I used them for the ears, nose, and eyes.  They really added a lot of texture.  If you're wondering why the odd half-circle shape for the ears, let me show you:

I know this is a terrible pic, but I planned to fold each side of the shape to form an ear like so.  

This is how I envisioned the whole face would look.  Now I just needed to cut wonder-under to adhere each piece to my fabric and sew it on!

I found the only shirt my son has without some kind of graphics.  It may not be perfect, but it works.  Totally boyish, and that's what I was going for.  I know I have mentioned this before, but I feel the need to dress my son ULTRA boyish because people still ask if he is a girl.  


Anyway, I sewed around the whole face.  I secured pieces of ribbon UNDER the nose for the whiskers.  I burned the edges of the ribbon so they wouldn't fray.  I thought about sewing the whiskers down, but decided not to in the end.  I liked that it adds a big of dimension to the shirt.

This was the tricky part for me!  I sewed along the folds of my ears.  For some reason, I had issues with this part because my machine kept getting stuck. This would probably look totally cute with ribbon around the edges, too.

Then I sewed those ears on, and Operation Bunny Shirt was complete!  I love the lopsided ears.  Of course I had to try it on my son right then and there, but he would not hold still. Trying to photograph him was like trying to hit a moving target!

Oh well!  I love how it turned out. He'll be sporting this all weekend long.  ūüôā
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A decoration for TWO holidays!

I know!  I'm late!  I really don't like any holiday decorations after the fact, but I multi-purposed with this little decoration.  I saw this tutorial for photo blocks at How Does She and decided to make it work for 2 holidays! 
I made this side of the blocks for St. Patrick's Day with some green ribbon and glittery shamrocks.  **So I had 2 mini clothes pin all set for this project, and when I went to take pictures, they came up missing!!  So I just taped on pictures temporarily for these pictures.**  I have plenty of room for more kiddos as they come... for now, I just used a couple pictures of my precious little guy.

I decorated the opposite side of the 2 x 4 and blocks so it would work for Easter.  Don't you love the happy flowers for spring?!  All I have to do is flip everything around and voila!  I have a decoration for two holidays!!  I love multi-purposing!

Burlap Bunnies

I have been so excited about this project!!  I was going to post this tomorrow, but I can't wait.  I have been working hard on these little guys and gals:  My little burlap bunnies.  I saw this idea in Little Green Bean's Etsy Store.  I knew I had to give this a shot!!  So here is a little tutorial:

You will need:
Burlap - I used scraps, so I'm not sure how much. 
Sewing machine, pins, tan thread, and other sewing supplies.
Dry beans for stuffing.
Black acrylic paint.
Pink distressing ink.
Buttons, fabric strips, or other embellishments.
1.  I cut 2 pieces of burlap.  I did not measure, but I tried to make my pieces tall and long.
2.  I cut a "V" shape in the top of each piece for the bunny's ears.  Then I matched them up and pinned.
3.  I sewed up a little bunny sack to stuff with dry beans.  I did not sew any part of the ears yet.  So I started just across from the bottom of the V (does that make sense??) and sewed 3 sides and stopped, leaving plenty of room to sew up the ears later.  Hopefully the diagram helps make sense of that.
4.  Next, I clipped my corners and turned the little bunny sack inside out.  I bought the cheapest dry beans I could find, and poured the beans in.  I didn't stuff them TOO full because I wanted to leave room to sew these up in the next step. (I still had beans pouring out... this is why I chose beans and not rice!)
5. Alright, ladies.  If you are extremely talented and have a very capable sewing machine, you could attempt to sew gathers in burlap.  I broke off a sewing machine needle trying to do this.  So plan B:  I sewed straight across the top of my bunny sack and used my ribbon/fabric scraps to gather them.  Then I sewed around each of the ears and trimmed them to my liking.  I love that my tan thread was virtually invisible.
   
6.  Paint and embellish.  I painted the faces using black acrylic paint.   I realized that painting the face lower than I might think turned out the best so it didn't get lost in the "scrunch" when I gathered it.  Using a find Sharpie, I added a few details like whiskers.  I used pink distressing ink (I think it was called "Worn Lipstick") to add a little blush to the bunny's cheeks and the insides of his ears.  Embellishing was the fun part.  I bought NOTHING for this project... just used all scraps and stuff around the house.  I love scrap projects!!
Ta-dah!  I found this cute basket and threw in some Spanish moss.  These three pals are on my mantel.

Here are a few close-ups:
This bunny is my favorite.  (He was my model for most of the photo shoot!)

Meet Bunny-zilla.  I wanted one fat bunny, but I guess I went a little overboard.
There are still 2 more that need finishing touches.  I went bunny-crazy for sure!!  
So what do you think?!  
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