Project : Easter Bunny Costume by Lisa Tilse

Easter Bunny Costume by Lisa Tilse of The Red Thread

It’s so sweet to see little children hopping around pretending to be bunnies at Easter. Amp up the cute factor with a bunny ear headband, matching fluffy tail and a little bag that’s perfect for an Easter egg hunt.

Dailylike Easter Costume by The Red Thread

Dailylike Easter Bunny Ears and Tail by The Red Thread

You’ll need:
1 x Quarter Fabric Pack : Wildflower
1 x Bias Tape Roll : Wildflower Green
1 x Bias Tape Roll : Wildflower Lilac
1 x Bias Tape Bobbin : Petit Yellow
1 x Headband
Pipe cleaners – white or a pale colour
Scissors
Tape measure or ruler
Needle and thread
Fabric glue, super glue or a hot glue gun (optional)
Sewing machine
Iron

Dailylike Easter Bunny Costume Materials

Skill level:
Beginner to intermediate

And here are the instructions…

1. Floral Bunny Ear Headband

Dailylike Easter Bunny headband by The Red Thread

I used 4 x 15cm pipe cleaners. You could also use 2 x 30cm pipe cleaners folded in half.
Join two pipe cleaners together by folding the ends over each other to form a point. Repeat with the other two.

Dailylike Easter Bunny Costume - Step 1

Cut 2 x 40cm pieces from the Petit Yellow Bias Tape. Open up the bias tape and place the pipe cleaner inside, about 5cm from the end of the tape.

Dailylike Easter Bunny Costume - Step 2

Fold the tape over the pipe cleaner. Thread your needle and starting with a double stitch sew the bias tape closed around the pipe cleaner using whip stitch. Pass the needle through both layers of fabric (from right to left), then bring the needle back over the top of the fabric (from left to right). Repeat, working your way around the pipe cleaner with small stitches.

Dailylike Easter Bunny Costume - Step 3

When you reach the end leave the needle and sewing thread attached. Reshape the ear and lay it over the headband with the extra bias tape hanging below. Cross over the ends of the bias tape as shown.

Dailylike Easter Bunny Costume - Step 4

Wrap the bias tape ends around the headband and over each other until all the tape is wrapped. Sew the ends to the wrapped section. Finish with a double knot.

Dailylike Easter Bunny Costume - Step 5

Repeat to make the second ear.
Wrap the headband with the Wildflower Lilac Bias Tape.

Dailylike Easter Bunny Costume - Step 6

Cut the end of the tape on an angle and place it under the end of the headband as shown. Fold the end up and over the headband and secure with a dot of glue, or just hold in place.

Fold the right hand side in and over the headband. Hold it in place as you begin to wind the tape over the top. The tape should be on an angle so it will wind up the headband.

Continue to wind the tape firmly around the headband, holding it in place as you work your way up and around. When you get to the end leave about 4cm and cut the tape at an angle. Fold the bottom up, then fold the side over, and secure in place with small stitches.

Dailylike Easter Bunny Costume - Step 7

Make the fabric flowers.

Dailylike Easter Bunny Costume - Step 8

Wrap the Wildflower Lilac Bias Tape around your fingers about six times. Remove the tape from your hand and cut through both ends, leaving you with strips of fabric. Cut the strips in half lengthways to make thinner strips. Lay them all right side up.

Fan the strips out and stitch a few times through the centre of all the layers to secure them together. Finish with the thread at the back, but don’t cut it off. Pinch the centre back of the strips to form a flower. Wrap the needle and thread around the pinched section two or three times then stitch back and forth through all the layers a few times.

Using the same thread sew the flower onto the right hand side base of the right ear. Finish off with a double stitch.

Use the Wildflower Green Bias Tape to make another set of strips. While the strips are still in a pile cut the ends to a point. Repeat the process above to make the flower, then secure it to the left of the lilac flower.

Dailylike Easter Bunny Costume - Step 9

2. Bunny Tail

Dailylike Easter Bunny tail by The Red Thread

Use the Wildflower Green Bias Tape to make the tail. First cut a waist tie measuring 150cm. Cut the ends on a diagonal and set it aside.

Dailylike Easter Bunny Costume - Step 10

Wind the remaining Wildflower Green Bias Tape around your spread fingers. As you wind allow the tape to fold and overlap at different angles.

Slide the tape off your hand and tie a 20cm piece of the Petit Yellow Bias Tape tightly around the middle of the bundle in a double knot. Pass the scissors through the folded end of the bundle and cut. Repeat on the other end. Turn the bundle over so the knot is underneath and separate the strips of fabric and fluff the pom pom out.

Turn the pom pom over again so the knot is facing up. Take the waist tie piece and fold it in half to find the centre point. Place the waist tie across the pom pom so that it’s centred on it. Tie the Petit Yellow Bias Tape around the waist tie with a double knot and trim off the ends if necessary.

3. Easter Goodie Bag

Dailylike Easter Bunny bag by The Red Thread

Cut the fabric:
2 x pieces of quarter fabric in Wildflower – Flower Bed (found in the Wildflower Quarter Fabric Pack) cut to size 24 x 14cm.
2 x pieces of quarter fabric in Wildflower – Wreath (found in the Wildflower Quarter Fabric Pack) cut to size 24 x 14cm.
2 x pieces of Petit Yellow Bias Tape 54cm.

Dailylike Easter Bunny Costume - Step 11

Place one piece of each fabric right sides together and sew the long sides together with a quarter inch seam. Open out and press the seam flat towards the Flower Bed fabric.  Flower Bed is the yellow and lilac floral pattern fabric.

With the wrong side facing up, fold the top edge over by a quarter inch and press flat. Now fold the top edge down until it covers the seam. Press and pin in place. Turn the fabric panel over and with right side facing up top sew an eighth of an inch below the seam.

Repeat with the remaining two pieces of fabric.

Attach the handles

Dailylike Easter Bunny Costume - Step 12

Lay the front and back bag panels right side up. Find the centre of the panels and mark with a pin. Take the two pieces of Petit Yellow Bias Tape and pin them in place as shown.

Sew along the centre of the entire length of each piece of bias tape.

Dailylike Easter Bunny Costume - Step 13

Assemble the bag

Fold the bag over so the front and back panels align and the right sides are facing out.

Dailylike Easter Bunny Costume - Step 14

Sew an eighth of an inch seam around the sides and base.

Turn the bag inside out and sew around the sides and base. This is a French seam that will enclose the raw edges. Turn the bag the right way out and you’re finished.

Dailylike Easter Bag by The Red Thread

Watch a little one’s face light up in delight as you give them their sweet Easter dress up. Grab a hand and go on an Easter egg hunt!

Dailylike Easter Costume by The Red Thread

Dailylike Easter Costume by The Red Thread

This project was created by Dailylike Design Team member Lisa Tilse of The Red Thread.

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