6 April 2014

I'm back.... with a wee bunny pouch tutorial for you

Hello there. 
I've been on a long & bumpy journey since my last post, but I am hopeful that the path is smoothing out & a new & better normality is beginning to emerge. Thank you to all of you who have sent such lovely & messages & kept precious friendships going through instagram, pinterest & facebook. I really appreciate each one of you. Although I’ve been busy stitching lots of bits & pieces (which you can check out here & here) it’s lovely to be back. 
As a thank you to those of you who have stuck with me in my silence & to welcome new readers, I wanted my first blog post back to be something special for you. Easter is just around the corner, & I'm sure many of you will have special things planned with friends & family & hopefully these little bunnies will help you along your way…
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Bunny Pouch Tutorial

What you will need:
- 2 fat 1/8s fabric or 2 pieces of scrap fabric approx. 7” x 18”
- Approx. 38“narrow ribbon / cord (1/4 inch wide)
- Embroidery thread or buttons for the face
Finished pouch size (excluding the ears): 6½” x 7½” approx..

Download the templates here. Use ¼” seam allowance throughout, unless otherwise indicated & backstitch at both ends of seams.

1. Cutting out your pieces:
a. Using the pouch template, mark & cut out:
        x2 from outer fabric & x2 from lining fabric
b. Take both outer pouch pieces and trim ¼” off the top straight edge. Your lining pouch pieces should now be ¼” deeper than your outer fabric pouch pieces.
c. Using the ear template, mark & cut out:
        x2 from outer fabric & x2 from lining fabric
2. Making the face:
a. Using the templates as a guide embroider a nose, mouth and eyes on one outer pouch piece.
3. Making the ears:
a. Pin one ear piece from outer fabric and one from lining fabric right sides together. Using a ¼” seam allowance, stitch the whole way round, leaving the bottom ear section unsewn. Tip: if you decrease your seam length you may find it easier to sew a nice curve around the ears.
b. Repeat with the other ear.
c. Clip carefully around the curves, turn the ears right side out & press.
d. Top stitch or hand-sew with embroidery thread around the whole ear, again leaving the bottom section unsewn.
4. Making the pouch:
a. Pin one outer piece to a lining piece with right sides facing & stitch along the top straight edge
b. Take the other outer piece & fold in half lengthwise. Using this crease-line to mark the middle of your pouch, pin the ear pieces in place with approx. ½” space in between the ears, right sides together. Baste in place with 1/8” seam allowance.
c. Carefully place the other lining piece on top, right sides together
d. Stitch along the top straight edge (using ¼” seam allowance).
e. Open up both pouch pieces & press the seams open.
f. Take one of the outer pouch pieces, wrong side up & mark 1/2" down from the seam on either side of the outer pouch piece to mark where your casing will be.
g. With right sides facing, pin the two pouch pieces together - lining sections together and the outer sections together.
h. Starting at your ½” mark, sew around the whole outer pouch piece, stopping at the other ½” mark. Remember to decrease your stitch size & backstitch at both ends
i. Starting on the seam line, sew around the whole lining piece, leaving a 3”opening in of one of the sides of the lining section for turning. Again keep your stitch size small & backstitch at both ends
j. Clip curves carefully & turn the pouch right side out through the gap in the lining. Press.
k. Hand-stitch or machine-stitch the gap in the lining to close it.
5. Making your drawstring casing
a. Gently push the lining into the outer pouch & pull it up approx. 1/4”, so that it shows above the top edge of the pouch & press in place (that’s why we made the outer pouch slightly smaller than the lining pouch).
b. Stitch in the ditch (along the lining/outer seam line) the whole way round the top straight edge of the pouch. This will make the top of the casing. Tip: if you take the arm off your sewing machine you will find this a bit easier.
c. Using your foot as a guide, or by moving your needle stitch another line ½” down from the seam line the whole way round your pouch.
d. Cut the ribbon/cord in half lengthwise.
e. Using a safety pin, thread the ribbon through the casing on one side, and right around to exit on the same side. Knot the ends together securely
f. Repeat with the other piece of ribbon from the other opening. Knot the ends together securely.
Well done! You now have a gorgeous bunny pouch.... or two...

....ready to fill with lots of lovely Easter treats!

I hope you have enjoyed this post & am excited to see your versions of this wee cutie.
Do please link back if you use this tutorial & remember, if you get a chance, try to listen to those birds singing!
Karen x

45 comments :

  1. oh my goodness Karen this is the cutest thing ever!! Thanks for sharing and welcome back to blogging :-)
    x

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  2. Happy to read you again, this is the way to come back!, what a cute tutoriial!. Thank you for sharing!.

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  3. Hello stranger ;)
    Awesome bunnies xxx

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  4. These are adorable. Thanks so much for sharing xx

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  5. Lovely to see a blog post from you and these bunnies are so cute. Now to try and find time to have a go at making them (I know two little girls who would probably love them ��

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  6. Hi Karen, so lovely to have you back in blogland! And glad to hear life is smoothing out for you. Your wee bunnies are adorable. Looking forward to seeing more of your lovely makes. Jxo

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  7. Hello there! Good to have you back. Very sweet tutorial

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  8. What a lovely tute, and so happy to see you back xxx

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  9. Glad to see you're back....and the bunnies are cute cute cute!

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  10. Oh I'm just so happy to see you back Karen, I can't tell you. Your tute is lovely. Woo hoo!!

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  11. You put a smile on my face with your sweet little pouch.... Thank you! I have a couple of little granddaughters who will love this. Welcome back :) Janita

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  12. You're back!! how wonderful!!
    Thanks for a lovely tutorial - my nieces would love these!

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  13. oh that is just adorable! thanks for sharing

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  14. Absolutely adorable, love your work- so happy to see your post- welcome back and thanks for the tutorial. I will definitely be making some of these.

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  15. Yeah, you're back!!! Those bunny bags are so cute - I think I'll make one for each of my nieces! (It'll be for next Easter, though, so don't hold your breath!)

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  16. Nice to see you back. I have thought about you often. Di x

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  17. I just printed these out and will make them for my 3 little grand daughters. I haven't done this kind of thing in many years..hope I can make them cute as yours!

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  18. So SOS so happy to see you back Karen, I'm really glad I kept seeing you on Instagram too!

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  19. great to see you back lovely lady x

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  20. SOOOOOOO very cute!!! Thanks for sharing; can't wait to try this one.

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  21. SO cute! Just had to sew one up for my grandgirl - thank you!

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  22. This is so cute. I can't wait to make some for the young ones. Thank you for sharing. (I found you via Val's Blog about Bunnies today.)

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  23. Thank you soooooooo much for this so-easy-to-follow tutorial !
    These little bunnies are so cute that I will make six of them for this Easter weekend to offer chocolate and sweets.
    :)

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous, thank you for the tute, and yes, was listening today...........

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  25. I found your blog through Daryl Patchouli Moon Studio blog, your creations are beautiful and give a lot of inspiration. Thanks for this tutorial, I pinned the project for future reference! I am your new follower here, on Pinterest ... and also on Facebook. I would like to invite you to my blog, I have several tutorials for sewing and a little of everything ... hopefully you have a moment to visit me . I am delighted to have discovered your blog!
    Marisa from http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

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  26. I forgot to tell you .... I shared your project on my google + page, here is the link:
    https://plus.google.com/117142183676150297848/posts/p/pub?hl=fr
    Thank you !!!!
    Marisa from http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

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  27. Thank you very much for sharing this tutorial. I made the pouch today and just published a post about it. I made it for my little niece and that was a real fun project to do. Thank you again!

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  28. Those are soooo cute!!! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/free-pattern-bunny-ear-drawstring-pouch/2014/04/19/
    --Anne

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  29. These are adorable. I won't have time to make them for tomorrow. I will make them soon so I have them for next year. Thank you!

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  30. Cutest Spring Easter Craft I have seen so far this season! Thank you.

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  31. Love this bunny pouch. Thanks for posting. Have a fabulous day! :)

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  32. This is precious! I love sewing bunnies! I would LOVE for you to share it at our Easter party!

    Have a great day!
    Marti

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  33. So cute ! I saw it too late for this year, but I'll make it next year for sure ! Thank you very, very much for sharing!
    Ghislaine from France.

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  34. So cute! Thank you for the tutorial, I got to save it for next year.
    KATRIN W.

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  35. Thank you for sharing them with us and for the tutorial! Pinned to the party board! :)

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  36. Hello you :-)
    …fab Tute!

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  37. So cute ! I couldn't resist when i saw yours and made two bunnies, they are on my blog ! Thank you for the tuto !
    Bye !
    http://severine56.canalblog.com/

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  38. This is such an adorable project! Thank you for the lovely, clear tutorial! Are you on Instagram? If so, I'd like to follow you there. I'm elnorac there :)

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