Tuesday, March 22, 2011

How to Make a Bunny Easter Basket

My mother is an amazing seamstress and crafter.  She made us handmade stockings for Christmas, costumes for Halloween, and baskets for Easter.  For me, these were special parts of celebrating the holidays.  Nothing is more special than having your own, personalized holiday keepsake.  So, of course I am always looking for ways I can do the same for my kids.

For Easter I have made each of my children a fabric Bunny Easter Bucket.
Easter Basket

And because I know they are FAB-U-LOUS,
I know that you will want to make your own, right?

So I've created a tutorial to teach you how to make a fabric Easter Basket yourself!
Fabric Bucket Tutorial

My inspiration came from here...
Homemade By Jill
Fabric Easter Buckets

Who got her inspiration from here...

Created by Jodie at Ric-Rac

Supplies Needed:
-  10 1/2 x 20 1/2 inch strips of outer fabric, lining fabric, light wadding, and iron-on interfacing.
-  Circles measuring 7 1/4 inches across in outer fabric, lining fabric, light wadding, and iron-on interfacing.
-  8 1/2 x 4 inch strips of each outer fabric, lining fabric, and light wadding (x2 - one set for each ear)
-  4 x 22 inch strip of outer fabric (for handle)
-  2 buttons for eyes
-  Thread
-  Embroidery floss for nose and whiskers
-  Large pom pom for tail

My changes to the original Ric-Rac measurements.

Step 1

Make your templates for the ears and circle (for bottom of bucket).

For the bunny ear, I took a 4" x 8 1/2" paper, folding it in half, and cut a rounded edge to get my ear.  You don't want to cut away too much!

For the circle, it would have been nice to have a compass, but I did not.  So I was on a hunt for a plate that was close to the 7 1/4" I needed.

I traced the plate... cut out the circle, and measured out the 7 1/4" along the fold... sketched the circle, and cut it out.  Yeah, I know... seems more complicated than it needed to be.  That's just how my brain works.

Step 2

Cut out your pieces, as outlined in the supplies.  You should have everything you see in the image below. 

 I am using the blue as the lining, the white with dots as the outer fabric, the creamy color is my wadding (some scrap warm and natural quilt batting), and the white is my interfacing.

Step 3

Sew your ears!
Layer each ear with the wadding down first, outer fabric - face up, then lining fabric - face down.  Pin around the ears, and sew with about 3/8" seam, leaving the bottom open.

I just lined the edge of the fabric up with the edge of my foot.

Trim off some of the extra fabric around the end of each ear.

Turn you ears right-side out.

Make sure your seams are all turned out nicely, and press each ear flat.

Turn the sides of the open end (bottom of ear) in towards the center.  Make sure you are folding into the center of the lining fabric (inside of your ear).

Stitch in place, using about 3/8" seam (along the edge of your foot).

Set your ears aside.

Step 4
Make your handle!
Fold your strip in half, right-sides together.

Sew a 3/8" or a 1/2" seam down the length of your handle, leaving each end open.

I like to use a safety pin on the end to help me turn the fabric right-side out.  Pin the end of your handle, and tuck the safety pin inside and work it through.


I turned my seam to one side, and pressed the handle flat.

Set your handle aside.

Step 5
Sew your bucket!
Iron your interfacing to your wadding for each each bucket pieces, as shown below.

Place your large wadding strip, interfacing-side up, down in front of you.  Lay your outer fabric, right-side up on top, lining them up together.

Next you are going to pin your handle and ears into place.  I have noted the measurements to the center point of each in the image below.

Measuring from the left side, the middle of one handle side is pinned at 5 3/8", the first ear at 8 3/8", next ear at 12 1/4", and other side of the handle at 15 1/8"

Pin the handle and ears in place, with the lining side of the ears down.  Make sure your handle is pinned without any twists.  I chose to pin my handle with the seam running towards the back (away from the ears).

Add your lining fabric on top, face-down, and pin along the top.

Sew along the top of your bucket, using a 1/2" seam.

When you've finished the seam, lift the lining fabric and it will look like this...

Now fold your bucket together as shown below, matching up your seam where the lining fabric meets the outer fabric.

Pin along the edge as shown below.  I made sure to pin/sew my extra flap of fabric behind the seam down towards the outer fabric/wadding, to get a nicer finished result.  I also added a pin right at the seam to make sure that it was matched up when I went to sew.

Sew along the edge, using a 1/2" seam.

And this is what you'll have...

Step 6
Every bucket needs a bottom!
Lay the circle of wadding down, interfacing-side up.  Lay the outer fabric circle on top, right-side up.

Fold the circle and mark each of the 4 quarters with a pin.

Now take the bucket from Step 5, and do the same with the wadding/outer fabric side of the bucket, marking the 4 quarters.  With right-sides together, match the 4 quarter points on each, and pin them together.

I found it helpful to add another 4 pins in between each of these points.

Now sew the bottom circle to the bucket, using a 1/2" seam.  I sewed on the under-side of the bucket.  I'm not sure if it would have been easier to sew from the side of the bucket instead.  hmmm..... something I may try next time.

And there you have it!

Now do the same with the lining fabric circle, matching right-sides together with the lining of the bucket.

I again added some extra pins you don't see in the photo above.

Then sew with a 1/2" seam.  ONLY THIS TIME, leave a hole large enough to pull your bucket right-side out!
See my hole?  This is where I stopped sewing.

Pull your bucket right-side out!

Tuck the lining down into your bucket, and pin along the top making sure you have a nice fold at the seam.

Sew along the top edge (making sure to keep the ears and handle out of the way) with about a 3/8" seam.

Stitch up the hole in your lining.  You could hand sew this to make it invisible.  However... that is too much work for me.  I find that pinning and a quick stitch works... and no one yet has told me how awful it looks.

I got pretty close to the edge.

And I'm guessing no one has even noticed.  Can you really tell???

Tuck your lining back in your bucket.  You're almost done!

Step 7
The finishing touches!
I found some buttons I loved for the eyes, and sewed them on.

Next I drew on a triangle for the nose with a pencil.

Then I grabbed my pink embroidery floss (three strands) and a needle and made stitches along my lines from top to bottom, keeping them close together.  I started it by knotting the end of my floss and pulling the knot underneath the fabric by gently tugging it through.  I was also careful not to stitch through to the lining of my bucket.

Isn't that sweet?!

I then tied a knot near the end of the floss, and pulled it through underneath, gently tugging until the knot was pulled into the back-side of the fabric.  Snip off the extra floss and it's done.

Next, I used a green embroidery floss (3 strands) for the whiskers.  I pulled the needle through, and knotted each end at the fabric about 3 times to keep it from slipping out of place.

Repeat until you are happy with your number of whiskers.

And don't forget to stitch (or hot glue) on your fluffy tail!!!

That's it!  Your bunny bucket is done!

How to make an Easter Basket  Tutorial

And... to make it even more special... I added a special label inside each of my children's buckets, using a fabric pen and a piece of muslin.

Feeling inspired!  I'd love to see the buckets you make for this Easter!


  1. Super cute Easter basket!! I made a Easter basket too!! Go check mine out at http://www.craftycagirl.blogspot.com I am your newest follower!!

  2. CUTE! And that's one rockin' awesome tutorial! :)

  3. Your SO good at this! great tutorial...

    Cute Easter princess ♥

  4. A huge Thank You for posting the tutorial! I will link back once I get mine finished:)

  5. i love this and that little tag is precious!

  6. Way cute bunny bag! I too have been thinking about making a basket of some sorts for easter. This is a great idea! Hope I can get to it :)
    Thanks for all your nice comments on my blog. I really appreciate them.
    Cute Blog!

  7. Thank you so much for making a tutorial! I love it and can't wait to make some for our family.

  8. Super adorable! I bet some"bunny" is going to love this.

  9. Wow these are so adorable.Really like your blog!

  10. ohmyword i LOVE this!! i have 4 kids & am going to hurry & make this before they get too old & think i'm a lame mom, lol! glad you shared & we're now followin ya! (:

  11. Cute idea! They'll have SO much fun on their Easter egg hunt!

  12. PRECIOUS!! I especially love the little tag note you put inside... that is so special. :) Thanks so much for linking up to The Little Birdie's Tutorial Tuesday party!

  13. This is SOOOO adorable!!
    I teach a little class on Wednesday nights at my church.....and coming VERY soon, they have a HUGE easter egg "hunt". I say "hunt" because it isn't really a hunt...It's actually called the Easter egg Drop, where they fly a Helicopter over a HUGE field and drop thousands of Eggs.!!!!
    SO FUN

    Easter baskets are a MUST make before the big drop!
    Thanks for the inspiration

    please take a stop by


  14. What a great tutorial. As much as I love to craft, I didn't inherit the sewing gene. I'm always envious of anyone with sewing talents. I can't wait to link up again with "For the Kids Friday"!!

  15. Oh, that is SO cute! I want one for myself! lol
    Great tutorial! And thanks for linking it up.

  16. These are so awesome. I wish that I could sew. Your kids will love these!

  17. This is adorable! I love the polka dot fabric you used and all the details of the cute bunny face are so fun!

  18. That is so cute! Stopping by from the Girl Creative blog hop.

  19. That is adorable. I love the fabric and colors. Great job!

  20. these are terribly cute. I love the spotted print. It is just perfect.


  21. Oh my goodness this is just the cutest bunny basket ever!

  22. Very sweet...wish I had a little girl to make one for...they grow up so quickly! Stop by Pandora's Box to enter a giveaway!

  23. Great post! I'm your newest follower.

  24. I do not have a sewing bone in my body. Seriously. Do you by chance have an etsy shop where I could buy one? Or can I just buy one from you? Will you email me? oneinavermillion@gmail.com.


  25. That is so cute! I've made something similar here:
    if you want to see it but I'd love to also try your version!
    Thanks so much for sharing! :-)

  26. I just wanted you to know that I'm going to feature this project on my sidebar for a week!! Feel free to come by and see the post and pick up a "featured" button!! http://marvelouslymessy.blogspot.com/2011/04/marvelous-mess-6-features.html

  27. These little buckets are so sweet! I'm including them in my Friday Favorites this week!

  28. So cute! Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial. I'll be linking at http://mamalusco.blogspot.com
    :) Angie

  29. Oh my gosh I love this so much!!! I was wondering what Grace would use for her first Easter. She's 19 months so technically this is her second Easter, but her first one was spent in the hospital after spine surgery!

  30. Thanks for the tutorial. I got the inspirational bug and started making one for my daughter and now I am going to make one for my two boys. The boys are older but they still love the egg hunt!

  31. Thanks for the tutorial. Loved the bunny basket and made 3. For my little girl I made a flower tail.

  32. I would LOVE to see some of your creations!!! Send me your pictures! And Dealila... the idea of a flower tail... TOO CUTE!!!! I love it!

  33. I'm offically off to the fabric store tomorrow ot grab some fabric to create. Thank you so much for creating this tutorial. For a beginner like myself seeing all the steps is such a big help!

  34. So cute I have 6 kids 2 of them are teenagers, but I think this is the cutest idea for all them to have as their basket. Thanks now if I can get it all done by time Easter comes in about 6 weeks. One a week I am guessing. Lol..

  35. this is an adorable basket!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!

    ♥, doro von Hand zu Hand

  36. Rachel, I've been wanting to make one of these since you first posted it. With Baby only 3 weeks away, I hope to finally make one for Baby's-first Easter this year :) You make it looks so easy! :) Thank you for sharing!!

  37. This is by far one of the easiest and best tutorials I have found on Pinterest so far. I decreased your measurements to make smaller versions and am making them to fill with goodies for a Pro-life Pregnancy Center. Each mother-to-be will receive one with items they can use for their babies when they deliver. Also they will go to our church shut-ins and people in the nursing homes filled with encouraging items. Your posting will bless many including my four grandchildren.

  38. This is by far one of the easiest tutorials to follow. We sewed many of these for a Crisis Center for unwed moms. The moms earn "baby bucks" by doing things such as not aborting, attending religious services, attending parenting classes and just overall healthy living for the baby. They then get to shop with their earned baby bucks in a baby store full of items donated. We filled the baskets with things that a mom with a newborn could use. Blessings to you for your wonderful pattern. Please know these baskets will touch many young lives.


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