When it comes to springtime and Easter decorating, there’s nothing more perfect than bunnies! Today, I’m going to teach you how to make these adorable farmhouse fabric bunnies–no sewing machine required–using my free printable bunny pattern.
A while back, I started creating patterns and fabric crafts that didn’t require the use of a sewing machine. However, that’s certainly not because I don’t love to sew! In fact, I cherish my sewing machine, and I’ve been sewing since I was just a young girl.
My sister and I both learned how to make our own clothes when we were young, and I can recall many long hours pouring over the pattern books at the fabric store dreaming of the next thing I wanted to make. As I got older, crafting and quilting became big passions of mine as well.
For a good 25 years, I used a hand-me-down sewing machine that had belonged to my grandmother. Then, sadly, it stopped working a few years ago, and the sewing machine repair shop said they could no longer get the parts to fix it.
I actually cried that day as we left the shop, and Rob had to drive us home. That might sound silly, but my sewing machine had become such a familiar friend to me over the years, that the thought of losing “her” was heartbreaking.
Sewing had given me a creative outlet to soothe my soul during hard times in my life, and it had also given me the joy of expressing myself creatively by making gifts for people I love. That machine had been with me through thick and thin. And, today, I actually still have it stashed away in my craft room because I can’t bear to part with it, even though Rob bought me a new one a few weeks later.
I also realize, though, that not everyone has a machine or learned this skill along the way. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still make super cute fabric projects! I think everyone should get to have that creative connection with making fabric crafts–no matter what tools you have at your disposal.
So, I started by creating a detailed tutorial on one of my favorite hand-sewing techniques called the blanket stitch. The reason I love this stitch so much is that it gives a very authentic farmhouse look to your fabric projects that’s really charming.
It’s also a very simple stitch, requiring only a needle and thread, that can be used on almost any type of fabric from felt to knits, and it’s so easy that you can even teach your young kiddos how to sew this stitch. Imagine how much fun they’ll have crafting their own stuffed friends with this printable bunny pattern, too!
If you don’t already know how to to sew with the blanket stitch, definitely start by reading this guide–it’s loaded full of step-by-step pictures and simple directions to get you started.
When you’re ready, I have more free printable patterns that all use this stitch (and I have even more in the works–make sure to signup for my newsletter so you don’t miss them!). Check out these past projects for more blanket stitch sewing crafts:
Now, let’s add some cute farmhouse bunnies to the blanket stitch projects list! Don’t forget to pin this post so you can come back to it again later, too!
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- Fabric of your choice (this is a great one)
- Embroidery floss
(For most projects, I prefer floss that’s the same color as my fabric)
- Embroidery needle (This is different from a regular sewing needle because it has a longer eye for threading larger materials)
- Bunny Template (free printable bunny pattern you can download here)
- Laminator (optional, but I highly encourage it)
1. Gather all of your supplies, including the printable bunny pattern (here). Two important notes about supplies…
First, you can use any type of fabric you like for these bunnies. Since our home is decorated with a vintage farmhouse aesthetic and a neutral color pattern, I chose to use a beige ticking stripe fabric (like this) as well as some leftover scraps from a vintage chenille waffle weave blanket. Both fit into our decor perfectly!
You can find lots of vintage fabrics for your sewing projects here.
Second, I highly recommend laminating your printable bunny pattern. Here’s why. Even if you print them out on heavy cardstock, the patterns are still going to be prone to creasing and tearing. By laminating the entire sheet before you cut out the pattern, you add extra strength so that you can reuse these printable patterns over and over again.
I have a folder in my craft room where I stash all my patterns so that I can easily find them again for future projects.
The other benefit of laminating your printable patterns is that when you use them to trace designs, you won’t have to worry about getting pencil or pen marks onto your template. Those marks will just wipe right off when they’re laminated!
This is the exact laminator I own, and we use it ALL the time. I know there are much more expensive models out there, but this one is super affordable and very reliable. I’m a thrifty kind of gal. Why spend more for no reason?!
We’ve had our laminator for seven years without a single problem, and it even comes with a starter pack of 50 laminating sheets to get you going. You would be shocked how useful it is once you own one–you’ll find so many things to laminate in no time!
Okay, now back to crafting our bunnies!
2. Trace the bunny pattern onto your fabric. If you’ve chosen fabric that’s one-sided (meaning, the pattern is only printed/textured on one side and looks different when you turn it over), then make sure you flip the pattern over and make the two bunnies as mirror images of each other.
3. Cut out your bunnies.
4. Thread your needle with the embroidery floss, then knot one end. Make sure not to use too much thread because you’ll find it unmanageable as you’re stitching. I go over this in the blanket stitch tutorial, here.
Two reasons why–first, this keeps the start/finish stitches on the bottom of the bunny where they’re less likely to be seen. And second, I would never suggest that you start stitching on a curve if it’s avoidable, because once the project is stuffed, it’s harder to match up curves to stitch closed compared to straight lines.
6. Using the blanket stitch, work your way all the way around the bunny. When you have about 2-3 inches remaining, stuff your bunny with the poly-fil. You might find it useful to push the stuffing up into the bunny’s ears with a pencil or crochet hook–but don’t push too hard and tear out your stitching.
I like my plush projects to be pretty stuffed and plump. I think they look so much cuter when they’re filled up, but this is totally up to your taste!
7. After your bunny is stuffed to your liking, complete the stitching to the end, and knot off your thread. Then, stand back and admire your handiwork while enjoying all the compliments showered upon you by friends and family!
OTHER WAYS TO USE YOUR PRINTABLE BUNNY PATTERN
Of course, you could keep crafting more and more farmhouse bunnies in lots of different fabrics. After all, multiplying is one thing bunnies do well! Haha!
But, if you’re looking for more project ideas for using your printable bunny pattern, try some of these:
- Trace the bunny pattern onto a piece of stained wood, an old fence board, or a farmhouse-style sign blank, and then paint the inside of the bunny outline using chalk paint. Here are some of my favorite craft signs for farmhouse projects:
- After laminating the entire printable bunny page, cut the bunny out of the template page using a craft knife, while taking care to keep the rest of the laminated sheet intact. Basically, you should end up with a bunny shaped hole in the middle of the page. Then, use the template as a stencil with a paint dauber. Pounce the dauber onto a plain linen pillow cover, and let the paint dry. I recommend using a high quality fabric paint for this. Add button eyes and a pouf for the cottontail to embellish.
- You can change the scale of the printable bunny pattern if you want to make it bigger or smaller. Then, trace the bunny pattern of your preferred size onto craft paper, burlap flags, or even old book pages to make a fun spring banner. You can attach the banner to your fireplace mantel or anywhere you want to add some bunny love!
Beyond making these farmhouse chic bunnies, I hope that I’ve given you lots of ideas for how you can craft up some sweet decor using my free printable bunny pattern!