Easter Dress-up Fun

As a kid, dress-ups are the BEST! By simply donning a few marvellous pieces you are instantly transformed into another world. Easter is no exception and we are so smitten with this gorgeous Easter bunny costume created by Lisa Tilse.

Just imagine your little one bouncing through the garden in this cute dress-up – so adorable!

Easter Bunny Costume by Lisa Tilse for Dailylike

Easter Bunny Costume by Lisa Tilse for Dailylike

Click here for Lisa’s step-by-step instructions to make this at home. Your little ones will be so excited come Easter morning!

Project : Patchwork Pocket Apron by Lisa Tilse

Dailylike Apron with Pocket by The Red Thread

Have you heard that aprons are back on trend? Make something that’s pretty and practical and in keeping with the ever-popular retro revival. This apron would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift, or a lovely present for a friend. Give it on it’s own or together with a handmade ceramic coffee cup or a cookbook. You can’t go wrong with handmade.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket by The Red Thread

Dailylike Apron with Pocket by The Red Thread

Skill Level
Intermediate

You’ll Need
1 x Dailylike Quarter Pack – Beach
1 x Dailylike Quarter Pack – Sometimes
1 x Bias Tape Bobbin – My Buddy
Rotary cutter
Fabric scissors
Self healing cutting mat
Fabric ruler
White thread
Sewing machine
Pins
Iron

Dailylike Apron with Pocket Materials

Instructions

Press all the fabric pieces and trim the edges slightly if necessary to make them square.

Set aside the lime green and linen fabrics – these won’t be cut and will be used for the front and inside of the apron.

:: Patchwork Pocket ::

Take the remaining four fabric pieces and cut a strip from each that measures 20cm tall x the full width (long side). Set aside the other pieces of fabric.

From the 20cm tall strips cut the following:
Blue floral – 2 strips. 20cm x 10cm, and 20cm x 5cm
Blue raindrop – 2 strips. 20cm x 10cm, and 20cm x 7cm
Orange with white circles – 3 strips. 20cm x 10cm, 20cm x 7cm and 20cm x 5cm
White with orange dots – 3 strips. 20cm x 7cm and two strips 20cm x 5cm

Lay the strips out in order to match the photo. With right sides together, piece them together using a quarter inch seam allowance. Press the seams flat and all in the same direction.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 1

Turn the pocket over and press the other side.

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Take the piece of white fabric you set aside and trim it so it’s 20cm tall x the full width. This is the pocket lining. Place the pocket lining right sides together with the patchwork pocket and sew them together with a quarter inch seam allowance. Open out and press the seam to one side.

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Now fold the piece in half along the seam with the right sides facing out, and press along the folded edge. Make sure the top raw edges of the patchwork pocket and the pocket lining align. If they don’t, trim them so they align and are straight.

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Cut a piece of bias tape that is a couple of centimeters longer than the top of the patchwork pocket. Lay the bias tape and pocket down and starting at one end, open the tape up and place the top raw edges of the pocket and lining inside the fold. The top of the pocket should sit along the fold of the tape. Work your way along the tape, opening up a bit at a time and sliding the pocket in. Pin the tape and pocket together as you go.

Sew the pocket and tape together close to the bottom edge of the tape.

Set the pocket aside.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 5 :: Apron ::

Take the piece of orange fabric you set aside and cut a strip 10cm tall x the full width. With right sides together sew it to the long side of the linen fabric using a quarter inch seam allowance. Now sew the piece of lime green fabric to the opposite side of the orange strip (as shown). Press the seams flat.

Fold the whole piece in half, bringing the lime and linen fabrics to meet at the top. The orange strip will be folded along the centre and will form the bottom hem of the apron. Press the fold.

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Trim the sides of the apron if necessary.

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With the right side of the apron facing up, place the patchwork pocket on top. The bottom of the pocket should be 11cm from the apron hem. Pin in place.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 8

Sew the bottom of the pocket to the apron, a few millimetres in from the pocket edge.

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Baste both sides of the pocket to the apron by sewing a few millimetres in from the edge. Trim off any excess fabric on the sides of the pocket.

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Now we are going to divide the large pocket into three sections. Counting in from the left hand side of the pocket, ‘stitch in the ditch’ between strips 3 and 4, and between strips 7 and 8. This means that you position the sewing machine needle so that it stitches exactly along the join of the strips and the stitches won’t be visible.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 11

There will now be three smaller pockets.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 12

Cut two lengths of bias tape that are a couple of centimetres longer than the sides of the apron.

Open out one end of one piece of tape and fold in the raw edge. Align the folded edge with the bottom hem of the apron. Pin the tape in place along the side of the apron in the same way as on the pocket. Sew together.

Repeat with the remaining piece of tape on the other side of the apron.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 13

Fold four half centimetre pleats along the waistband and pin in place. The pleats are 10.5cm and 19.5cm from the left edge of the apron, and the remaining two are the same distance in from the right hand edge of the apron.

Baste along the top of the apron and set it aside.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 14 :: Waistband and Ties ::

Take the piece of blue floral fabric you set aside and cut two strips 12cm x the full width of the fabric.

Take the piece of blue raindrop fabric you set aside and cut a strip 12cm x the full width of the fabric.

Join the raindrop fabric between the two pieces of floral fabric to form a long strip (as shown). To sew together place right sides together and use a quarter inch seam allowance.

Fold the top and bottom edges of the strip over by 1.5cm and press.

Fold the strip in half lengthways and press.

Open one end of the strip and fold each corner in on a diagonal (as shown). Fold the strip over again to from a pointed end and pin in place. Repeat on the other end of the strip.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 15

Lay the waistband strip out and open the centre raindrop section. Place the apron, right side up, so the top raw edge is centred on the raindrop fabric and overlaps it by about 1cm. Pin in place.

Baste the top of the apron to the raindrop waistband. Remove the pins.

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Fold the waistband down over the apron to enclose the raw edge and pin it in place. The floral apron ties should still be folded in half. Pin the folded ties and starting at one end, sew along the bottom of the entire length of the ties and waistband stip. Your stitching should be about 4mm or an eighth of an inch in from the edge.

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Press the apron and admire your sewing skills.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket by The Red Thread

Dailylike Apron with Pocket by The Red Thread

Dailylike Apron with Pocket by The Red Thread

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

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.

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

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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.