Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Bedspreads and Bunnies

Hello friends! It's been a little while since my last post but I have been busy! For the last couple of days I've been working on some little stuffed Easter Bunnies. It began when my father was about to toss out an old bedspread, but being well trained, he asked me first if it was something I could recycle. Well, yah!

I took it home and washed it up. It came out of the dryer looking like new!

Then I grabbed a handful of scrap paper and began drawing a pattern that I could use to make the stuffed bunny. Since the bedspread was ivory, I thought a "white chocolate bunny" was the way to go. I used the entire stack of scrap paper trying to draw the pattern. I do not have the best drawing skills but I finally arrived at something I could live with.

I took the pattern into the computer room and made copies in several sizes.....they will come in handy for some other Easter projects I have in mind.

The first two bunnies turned out like this!  They are quite cute actually! Then I got to thinking how cute these little bunnies would look in other colors. I did happen to have some pink fabric dye so I gave it a whirl.

I cut a small piece and dyed it. The color came out so nice! At this point I made a mental note to add additional dye colors to my next sewing/craft supply list! It's a full sized bedspread so I am envisioning many other sewing projects and fabric dye will give me so many options.....

Here is the first little pink bunny I made. It's about 8 1/2" tall. I removed some crocheted edging from a vintage pillowcase and used it for the trim around its neck. The bow is only pinned on in the photo. I am going to pick up some wider organza ribbon and then go hunting in my large collection of vintage trimmings for some additional embellishments.

This one is a larger version at about 10 1/2" tall. She is not completely trimmed yet, none of them are stitched at the bottom and all may end up trimmed a little differently than shown here.

I do love the little pink bunnies! 

My bunnies are reproducing quickly. In this photo you can see I used some cotton canvas which also stitched up well.

Today I will decide how they will be embellished and then I plan to make some matching pom poms for their tails. They still have to have their openings stitched closed and some may even need a little more stuffing. I plan to work on some of the finishing touches and hand sewing tonight while watching a little TV.

Once I get my bunnies completely finished I will post an updated photo. My days are still quite full with some family obligations so my projects take a bit more time to complete and my posts are not as frequent.  My heart is still here though and I think of my dear blogging friends every day! Hope you are all well!

UPDATE:  2/27/16  Click HERE to see update on bunnies.

"Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple
 and learn how to handle them, and
pretty soon you have a dozen."
John Steinbeck

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