Mar 062013

Felt Easter Bunny Craft

Felt Easter Bunny Craft

The other day I went in search of a pattern for the velveteen rabbit and couldn’t find one, so I decided to make one from scratch. But before I go on, one thing I did find was a free copy of the book The Velveteen Rabbit by Margerie Williams Bianco on (a site that is full of free public domain books). So if you don’t already have a copy, please rush over and download yours.
Anyway, back to the pattern. In order to make a pattern from scratch, I studied the original pictures in Margerie’s book and drew what I thought was the perfect pattern on a couple pieces of paper. I made one bunny out of muslin and decided it was too this and that. I made a second bunny out of felt and though it was better from the first attempt, it too was out of proportion. Taking my mistakes into account, I drew one more pattern. And that’s the pattern I used for the bunny above. As I didn’t have velveteen on hand, I made it out of felt as well, and called it my Easter bunny.
The pattern will be available for free at least until Easter, so register in the sidebar to the right to get your free pattern. To make a bunny with this pattern, simply print the three pages out on standard printer paper, cut the pieces out, and cut the quantity of felt pieces that the pattern pieces indicate. Then watch the video below to see how I put it together. This bunny was stitched together on the outside with about 1/8 seems–all by hand.
One thing I didn’t show in the video is how to make the tail. For my tail, I covered a little stone with cotton filler (from an old pillow), then wrapped that with white wool roving and wet felted it into a ball (just like I did the ping pong balls for my string lights).
At minute 6:30 in the video you can watch how the eyes on this Easter bunny were made using the needle felting technique. A tiny bit of white roving poked into the upper part of the eyes make them look extra realistic.
I hope you enjoy making a few Easter bunnies with this pattern!
You can get tons more inspiration for Easter bunny crafts on Pinterest.

Here’s a free pattern for the Easter Bunny.

You may also enjoy making folded book art with these ready-made book folding patterns.


Nov 292011

DIY Christmas gifts

Gifts You Can Make

I grew up in a family with eight kids, and we never had money for extravagant gifts. For Christmas, we drew names and one person would buy one other person a gift. That was it (well, except for the occasional gag gift like the time my sisters got me a size D bra when I needed trainers. It just happened to be the Christmas we had a couple hunky cousins visiting from Germany… groan).
Anyway, I was getting to the point that we often made our gifts, which turned gift giving into an exciting time especially for the one making the gift. Continue reading »

Nov 102011

window painting

Holiday Window Painting

Glass painting on store windows can be a great way to make a lot of money over the holidays, but figuring out how to do it right is not as easy as you think.
I’ve done holiday-themed window paintings before, but I’ve always used acrylic paints. However, though acrylic looks good, it’s a pain to take off the window because you have to scrape the whole thing off with a razor blade.
I could never figure out how to use tempera paints like the pros do, but this year I was determined to learn. After researching and trying different techniques, here is what I learned about window painting with tempera paints. Continue reading »

Nov 072011
wine sock

Wine sock bling

This post is for the business-minded holiday shopper. Wine gift baskets are traditional gifts given during this Christmas/Hanukkah season, but they can be expensive. If you’re on this site, it’s probably because you’re running a tight budget and need to find high-ends gifts for your friends or clients without spending too much money.
Here is a low-cost way to give a high-end wine gift: wrap a single bottle of fine wine in an upcycled cozy. That way you can splurge on the wine and dispense with the rest of the basket but still have a nice presentation. You can keep to your budget and impress your customers with this simple gift idea. Continue reading »