Easter fabric pillow sewing Tutorial

Bunny Hop Pillow

If you clicked over when I showed you I was guest posting at The Idea Room, you will have already seen this, but in case you didn’t (I know we’re all busy, right?) Here is my latest pillow:

The Bunny Hop Pillow tutorial

Okay, I have to admit to being a teensy bit thrilled with how the color combination turned out! Sometimes I get lucky. πŸ™‚

So, on to the tutorial part. This pillow uses a reverse applique technique as well as some strip work piecing (just a bit). It’s fancy enough that it looks really complicated, but in reality it’s not very hard. The measurements I am giving are for a 17″ X 17″ pillow form, if yours is a different size, you will need to adjust accordingly.

You will need to cut five strips of the white fabric (mine was a bottom weight fabric- no idea what that means- it was a remnant I found at Joann’s, but it has a good weight to it, almost as thick as canvas but not so stiff.). The first strip will be 6″ X 18″ (this is where the bunnies will go), then you will need 2 strips 1 1/2″ X 18″ (these are the strips between the bunnies and the patchwork strip) and then 2 more strips cut at 5″ X 18″ (the top and bottom pieces). Next you will need your accent fabric. Cut one piece of each color in a rectangle approx. 4″ X 5″ (or generously larger than your bunny shape). All seam allowances will be 1/4″ unless stated otherwise.

The second step after cutting is preparing the bunny strip. I took my bunny shape (I traced a cookie cutter for my template- click here if you would like a copy) and traced and cut it out 4 times onto paper to make templates. (trace once, cut four layers at the same time) Then I arranged them on the right side of my center strip. I am not a measure exactly kind of person- so I just eyeballed the placement. You might want to be more precise. πŸ™‚ Pin the templates in place and *lightly* trace with a pencil.

Pin your accent fabric behind the first bunny. (this is a mock up of this step- ignore the size of the white fabric. πŸ˜‰ )

Using the traced line as a template sew around the shape 1/4″ away from the line (sew to the outside of the traced line. In this photo I have my 1/4″ foot on my machine to help with this step, but it’s not necessary.)

Using a pair of sharp scissors cut through the top layer (be careful on this step) just on the outside of the traced line. It is more important to cut accurately than it is to sew accurately around the bunnies.

Repeat this step for the remaining bunnies.

Now it is time to make the patchwork strip. Cut strips of your accent fabrics at varying widths. Mine ranged from 1″ to 2 1/2″ by about 4″ long. Sew the strips together along the long sides, with right sides together, varying the placement of the colors, until you have a strip at least 18″ long. Press all the seams to one side. Trim one long edge so it’s even, then cut 2 strips 1 1/2″ wide by 18″ long.

Now we’re ready to assemble the pillow front. Take your small white strips and sew them to the top and bottom of the bunny panel. Press the seam allowance away from the bunny panel. Pin and sew the patchwork strips to the small white strips. Press seam allowance toward the small white strip. Finally, sew the larger white strips to the patchwork strips. Press seam allowance toward the white strip. Your pillow front is complete!

Finish the pillow any way you prefer and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this little splash of Easter fun!

xoxo,

Amy

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24 Comments

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    Connie the crafterbug
    April 9, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I love it! it is so happy and cute. I just love your blog!
    Connie

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    Steph @ Crafting in the Rain
    April 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    That's really cute. I love all the bright colors!

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    Richmond Thrifter
    April 12, 2011 at 2:02 am

    SO CUTE! I really need to get a tutorial from my mother on my sewing machine! Im missing out on so many fun projects! Love this!

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    Madigan at madiganmade
    April 12, 2011 at 2:04 am

    This is such a fun pillow! Using a cookie cutter for a template was a great idea. Too cute.

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    Sybilline
    April 12, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Such a cute pillow!

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    Karenkay
    April 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I love your pillow, and will be making these for friends. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

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    The Autocrat: Haley
    April 12, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Love it!! Those bunnies are just too stinkin' cute!

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    Laura @ Our House Of Joyful Noise
    April 13, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Well, this bunny pillow totally inspires me to learn to sew, once and for all! I LOVE it!! The color combination is just awesome too.

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    Melanie
    April 13, 2011 at 2:46 am

    LOVE this! I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Linky Party! The link is below!
    Smiles,
    Melanie
    Reasons To Skip The Housework
    Tuesday Time Out Link Up Party

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    Jaclyn
    April 14, 2011 at 4:11 am

    This is really Cute! I just love the color combination! Its great!

    http://www.simplycadence.blogspot.com

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    Holly
    April 14, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Very cute and colorful! I've never seen the reverse applique…thanks for sharing your technique!
    Visiting from CSI.

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    Caroline
    April 14, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Visiting from CSI. I love this – your colour choices are fantastic!

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    Jasey
    April 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Love it! Way too cute! I love how you appliquΓ©d from the back!

    Happy Day,
    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy
    crazyjayzplace.blogspot.com

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    Anonymous
    April 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I love this! My children would adore those bunnies πŸ™‚ I found your blog through "Get your craft on" and will definitely be following for more tutorials!

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    Steph Jacobson
    April 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    So cute–I love the bright colors!

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    southernscraps
    April 15, 2011 at 3:03 am

    This is adorable. I love the colors!

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    Katie @ EyeSpyDIY
    April 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    That is so cute and clever! The bright colors are great!

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    Oxford Impressions
    April 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    So colorful and cute. Right up my alley! I love rabbits and great fabrics. Good combination!!

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    Amy @ Positively Splendid
    April 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    So not only do we share a name, we also love the same color palette! Amy, this is phenomenal! I shared it in my Saturday Seven lineup this week. πŸ™‚

    http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/04/saturday-seven-no-7.html

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    heather {WhipperBerry}
    April 18, 2011 at 3:02 am

    miss ameroonie it made my day to see you sweet bunny pillow! Missing you!

    kisses
    heather

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    LOTCP
    April 19, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Found you through Tip Junkie- this is too stinkin' cute!

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    Katie
    April 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    OMG! I can't get over how cute this pillow is! Please link it up to SewWoodsy.blogspot.com!

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    Rachel Hauser
    April 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Yes, great color combo. Thanks for joining in on the Pillow Party!

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    Jackie Forster
    March 29, 2013 at 4:26 am

    This is so cute thanks for sharing I have featured it on my blog with a link back here πŸ™‚
    http://xkawaiicutiex.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/everything-easter.html

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