Besides pink Peeps, the things I love most about the Easter season are the promise of warmer breezes, the budding magnolia trees, and the tulip and daffodil pips that peek through the grass. Spring is my favorite season and Easter, for me, signals the official kick-off!
I recently received, as a very special gift, this colorful and attractive fabric Easter basket made by my friend, Kris. Kris is quite a creative and talented lady who uses a huge variety of materials to fashion her one-of-a-kind gift items. She scours flea markets and tag sales in her quest to find those gems that she easily and creatively transforms into mini works of art. Many of her items are for sale, and you can visit her at Etsy!
I was inspired to fill the basket with these easy-to-sew bunnies:
The one-piece pattern is old and out of print, but you can easily draw one to make your own. They measure approx. 8 1/2″ high x 3″ wide. I cut them, using pinking shears, from polar fleece. Cheeks are fused on with Heat’n Bond, and the faces are hand-embroidered using 6 strands of embroidery floss. I stuffed them about 2/3 of the way with polyester filling, and then I added some poly-pellets before I stitched them close at the bottom. A little ribbon trim and, ta-dah! (I think they’d make great bean bags too!)
I can’t wait until those warmer breezes finally begin to blow. In the meantime, I’ll be cranking up the oven to bake some Easter sugar cookies.
Stay tuned! (yum)