Sew for your children this Easter

I thought of recycling my Easter crafts. All of them can be made in an afternoon. Older children should be able to help out too!

Easter bunny basket tutorial

Tip: not in the tutorial but if you want the ears to continue to stick up after a while, use strong fusible interfacing, the type used for handbags.

Spring chicken softie - free pattern

Chicken softie made with a free pdf pattern provided by Amy from Badskirt .

I liked the chicken so much I made two and gave one away! Great idea to use your fabric scraps too.

Funny Bunny softie - free pattern

Free pattern download and instructions at Sew4Home.

Do you need a project for the Easter break?

Totally unrelated to Easter but if you’re in the mood of sewing softies during the Easter break, here’s the cutest one I’ve ever made and it is a free pattern:

Tooth fairy cushion: handmade Christmas present

This tooth fairy pillow can either be given to a boy or a girl. Just adapt the fabric pattern and embellishments you use.

Materials

  • two 8 inch squares of cotton fabric
  • one 3 inch square in felt
  • 15 inch ribbon 1/2 in to 3/4 in wide for the hanger
  • 45 inch x 2 inch wide bias tape for the border
  • a small piece of white felt for the tooth
  • small 3 inch store bought organza bag
  • embellishments of your choice: buttons, felt cutouts, sequins, bows and the like
  • download tooth template (pdf)

Instructions

Cut two 8 inch squares.

Cut a 3 inch square in felt.

Fold it in half and pin.

Cut out on the corners as per picture.


The pocket is done.

Print the tooth template (pdf).

Cut the template around the tooth not too close to the line and place it over the felt. Hold tight with your fingers and start cutting along the lines.

Make sure you don’t move the felt.

Your tooth is ready to be stitched.

Place the tooth at an angle over the pocket.

Add some embellishments to the cushion. I chose to add a felt flower made out of cutouts.

There are many ideas you can do with felt flowers. This is just one very simple flowers but you can do more involved flowers too. Check out my tutorial on felt flower embellishment.

Play with placement of flower and pocket before you start stitching.

Stitch tooth and sequins to pocket and stitch all flower layers together.

Pin pocket to square and handstitch flower to square.

Place both squares wrong sides facing together and stitch all around the edges at 1/4 in from the edge leaving 1 1/2 inch opening to insert the polyfill.

Fill in the cushion.

Now add the bias tape to bind the edges.

Pin around.

I did mitered corners. This tutorial explains clearly how to do mitered corners (pdf).

Stitch all along. Turn bias over and pin again.

itch

Top stitch around.

Add ribbon to hang cushion. I cut the ribbon edge in a funky way and then lightly applied heat with a match to stop it from fraying.

To hold in place stitch a button through all layers of ribbon and fabric.

The cushion is done.

Insert the bag in the pocket.

Voilà! Another handmade gift ready for giving.

Handmade Christmas gift: girly tooth fairy pillow

Materials

  • two 8 inch squares of cotton fabric
  • one 3 inch square in felt
  • 15 inch ribbon 1/2 in to 3/4 in wide for the hanger
  • 9 inch ribbon with beads for the bottom
  • a small piece of white felt for the tooth
  • small 3 inch store bought organza bag
  • embellishments of your choice: buttons, felt cutouts, sequins, bows and the like
  • download tooth template (pdf)

Instructions

Cut two 8 inch squares.

Embellish the ribbon with buttons and felt cutouts.

Cut a 3 inch square in felt.

Fold it in half and pin.

Cut out on the corners as per picture.

Print the tooth template (pdf).

Cut the template around the tooth not too close to the line and place it over the felt. Hold tight with your fingers and start cutting along the lines.

Make sure you don’t move the felt.

Your tooth is ready to be stitched.

Place the tooth at an angle over the pocket.

You can plan embellishments to the pocket before you stitch the tooth.

Machine stitch the tooth and hand stitch the bow.

Add a few more embellishments before stitching to the cushion.

Pin and stitch to one of the squares.

Now get the beaded ribbon and place on the bottom of the square.

Pin in place.

On the opposite side, fold the ribbon you embellished earlier and fold it in half, wrong sides facing together and place in the middle of the top edge as per picture.

Place the other square on top with right side facing down.

Stitch all around at 1/4 in from the edge leaving 2 inches opening to turn cushion inside out.

Nearly done.

Fill in the cushion with polyfill or batting bits and pieces.

Stitch the opening closed.

The tooth fairy pillow is done!