Easter Bunny Mini Quilt
Happy Spring! It’s almost Easter and to celebrate I made this Easter Bunny Mini Quilt. I’ve included a link to the applique pattern in this tutorial so you can make your own quilt just in time for Easter!
Easter Bunny Mini Quilt
I found these cute fat quarters at Walmart! I purchased 2 sets of 4 fat quarters which gave me 8 different prints. The pink in the center is one of the pieces. I also purchased a white fat quarter to make the applique bunny. They are only available in the store, not online.
Fat Quarters – 1 white for the bunny
2/3 yard of light pink fabric
20 assorted 5″ squares of patterned Easter prints (I used 7 fat quarters and cut the 5″ squares)
1 yard coordinating fabric for backing
1 yard batting
Light weight fusible interfacing
Steam A Seam Lite
Copy the applique pattern on the steam a seam. Cut out the pieces.
Cut the pink fabric so it measures 18 1/2″ by 18 1/2 inches. Since I used a fat quarter which measures 18 x 21 I had to adjust my 5″ square a little bit to match up with the 18″ side. Iron the fusible web to the back of the pink fabric. Using the extra pink fabric, iron the steam a seam pieces then cut out the ear and feet pieces.
Iron the steam a seam pieces (head, body and feet) to the white fat quarter and cut out. Iron these onto the pink fabric in this order (following the manufacturers instructions): body, head, feet. Using a zigzag stitch, stitch around all of the pieces. I used some eggs from the one material to add under the bunny. I also used some flowers from another fabric to make the head wreath. Use the steam a seam to iron those on. Since this quilt will only be used for decoration, I just used a straight stitch to go around the flowers and eggs.
Embroider a face onto the bunny. I used a satin stitch for the nose and eyes. The mouth is done in an outline stitch and the whiskers in a back stitch. I did the embroidery at the end but realized it would have been easier before I put the sides on!
**All seams will be 1/4″
Cut the 5″ squares from your fabric. I cut 2 from each material with the exception of the gray that I used in all 4 corners. Lay them out around your pink fabric and decide on your pattern. Sew the bottom row of 6 pieces together. Repeat with the top row then the side rows of 4. (If you use a fat quarter for the center piece, adjust your seams of the bottom and top to account for the 1/2″.)
Sew the side pieces to the pink center. Then sew on the top and bottom row.
Cut your backing fabric and batting about 2″ larger on each side then your finished quilt top. Layer your backing fabric, batting then quilt top. Pin or baste the layers together. Quilt however you desire – I quilted around the bunny and around the outside edge of the pink square.
Use the backing to make your binding. Here is a great youtube video on how to do it. I did not hand stitch my binding in place, I just used a straight stitch on my machine.
Once you are finished, you can hang your quilt or use it as a table decoration! Here are some ideas on how to hang your quilt.
I am sharing this quilt as part of the Welcome Spring Link Party. Be sure to stop by to see what others have created or add your own spring time post!