I have to admit that I am not very much into Easter decoration. I don’t really care for wooden bunnies on my window sill, for branches decorated with small, elaborately painted eggs or for life-size hens made out of wire on my front steps.
There are just two things I need for Easter. Fresh flowers on my table and an Easterbunny placemat. I try to make new ones for my familiy each year.
This year the placemats are blue bunnies. And they are are really easy and so fast to sew. If you want to sew them as well – go ahead. There’s still more than enough time.
If you want to make this bunny for your table you just need 2 pieces of fabric 20 x 14 inches (50 x 35 cm) and a piece of very thin batting (or even no batting at all) the same size.
Scroll down for the pattern and load it down on your computer (i.e. by clicking your right mouse button and then click “save as”). Enlarge the pattern in your graphic program or take it to a copy shop to enlarge. My bunny measures 18 inches (45 cm) from nose to tail.
Cut out the pattern and draw the bunny on the wrong side of your frontside fabric.
Put the fabric for the backside, right side up on top of the batting. On top of this put the fabric for the top wrong side up. You now have three layers with the drawn bunny pattern facing you. Pin the layers together.
Stitch by machine exactely on the drawn pattern. Leave an opening of approx. 5 inches (12 cm) at the bottom of the bunny, securing beginning and end of the seam.
Cut out the bunny with approx. 1/4 inch (1 cm) seam allowance. In the next step cut the batting back right to the seam. Clip the seam allowance at the corners and the curves.
Turn the placemat through the opening and carefully smooth out the seamline (a large knitting needle is helpful for that). Pin the opening closed.
Stitch very close to the edge all around the placement, sewing together the open part at the same time.
Quilt the ears, nose, whiskers, tail and collar (as indicated on the pattern) by hand or by machine. If you like quilt an eye as well.
That’s it! Enjoy your placemat, table runner or lining for your Easter basket.
I wish you all happy holidays!