How to Sew a Bunny Bag

Sew up this adorable bunny bag, perfect for your child’s Easter chocolate stash! Sewing expert Debbie von Grabler-Crozier has provided a template and a tutorial to follow, so have a read below and get making in time for Easter morning!

You Will Need Craft Essentials How to Make

NB: seam allowances are all ½ cm (1/4”) unless otherwise stated. Please read all instructions through and assemble the equipment before beginning.

1. Cut your fabric to the following specifications:

From the outer fabric:

  • Use template I to cut and outer front and back
  • Use template II to cut four outer ear pieces (straps)

From the lining:

  • Use template I to cut and outer front and back
  • Use template II to cut four outer ear pieces (straps)

2. Fuse the H630 to the wrong side of all of the outer pieces.

3. Use the template and a water soluble marker to draw the face onto one of the interfaced outer pieces and then use your sewing machine and free motion embroidery to embroider the details on.

Top tip! I like to use a small hoop put on upside down for this – it keeps the fabric taut and gives you something to steer with.

4. Trim the threads away.

Top tip! Trim the threads from the back too. Although they will all be buried between the layers, they are dark and the fabric is light and you may be able to see them.

5. Take two ear outer pieces and join them at the top to make one long piece. Repeat for the other outers and all of the lining. You should now have four long pieces joined in the middle; two outer and two lining.

6. Place an ear outer and an ear lining right sides together and pin. Sew the two long sides leaving the ends open. Notch the curves.

7. Turn out through the end gaps and press. Topstitch down each long side.

Top tip! the raw ends will be taken care of when the bag is made up.

8. Take the bag outer and with the right sides together, sew the back to the front around the bottom edge. Repeat for the lining but leave a gap in the bottom for turning out.

9. Take an ear section and place it with outers facing onto the top of the bag.

Top tip! The four tabs  on the top of the bag are there to take the handles (also the ears!).

10. Pin the handle so that it is right up against the seam on the outside edge. This gives you your seam allowance for putting in the lining on the other side of the handle.

11. Sew the ear on and take the free end to the other front tab, pleat and pin it. Sew it on.

12. With the bag outer the right way out and the lining inside out, pull the lining over the outer and line everything up.

Top tip! Remember that the lining only consists of the bag bottom. The ears are already done.

13. Sew around the top edge of the bag, across the tabs and right around leaving no gaps. Notch the curves and turn the bag out through the gap. Close the gap and gently manipulate everything into place. Topstitch around the top edge to keep the lining neat.

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