How to quilt bunny baskets

Put a bounce in your baskets with Debbie von Grabler-Crozier bunny basket pattern!

How to quilt bunny baskets

Storage doesn’t have to be stuffy! Whip up this dainty duo of bear and bunny baskets to store all your sewing space essentials inside. These adorable baskets are by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier and would be useful for all sorts of crafters. You could even use them to store Easter eggs or for some cute spring decor. Debbie is going to show you how to turn your favourite prints and some black embroidery thread into these storage baskets. But first, make sure you read through our quilting for beginners guide and our how to quilt page for tips on how to quilt like a pro. Now it’s over to Debbie for her basket patterns!


You will need
Makes one (1) bunny basket
Main fabric: ¼yd
Lining fabric: ¼yd
Selection of print scraps: sixteen (16) pieces each at least 2in square
Fusible batting (35in wide): ¼yd
Sew in foam (28in wide): ½yd
Black embroidery thread
One copy each of the Bunny Face, Bunny Base and Bunny Ear templates (you can find these at Love Patchwork and Quilting templates issue 83)
Finished Size
7½in diameter x 5½in high (excluding ears)
Notes
  • Seam allowances are ¼in, unless otherwise noted.
  • Press seams open throughout unless otherwise instructed.
  • Templates include seam allowances. For templates, head to Love Patchwork and Quilting templates issue 83
  • RST = right sides together.
  • Fabrics supplied by Hantex (hantexonline.co.uk)
  • Debbie used Vilene H630 for her batting and Vilene Style-Vil for her sew in foam.

Fabrics Used
Linen fabric is Soft Sand from The Denim Studio by Art Gallery Fabrics.
Print fabrics are from the Sonata collection by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics.

How to quilt bunny baskets

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You Will Need

  • Fabric
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Batting

Cutting Out

Step 1

From the main fabric cut:

  • One (1) 4¼in x 24½in strip.
  • One (1) 9in square for the base.
  • Two (2) pieces using the Bunny Ear template. Cut one with the ear template facing up, then turn over to cut the second as a mirror image.

Step 2

From the lining fabric cut:

  • One (1) circle using the Bunny Base template.
  • One (1) 5¾in x 24½in strip.
  • Two (2) pieces using the Bunny Ear template. Cut one with the ear template facing up, then turn over to cut the second as a mirror image.

Step 3

From the print scraps cut:

  • Sixteen (16) 2in squares.

Step 4

From the fusible batting cut:

  • One (1) 5¾in x 24½in strip.
  • One (1) 9in square.
  • Two (2) pieces using the Bunny Ear template. Cut one with the ear template facing up, then turn over to cut the second as a mirror image.

Step 5

From the sew in foam cut:

  • One (1) 9in square.
  • One (1) 25in x 6½in piece.

Preparing the base

Step 1

Quilt base

Fuse the corresponding batting to the wrong side of the 9in square of main fabric for the base. Quilt as desired. Debbie quilted wavy lines across the piece (Fig A). Use the bunny base template to cut a circle from the quilted square.

Step 2

Place the base circle on top of the 9in square of sew in foam, and baste around the outer edge. Trim away any excess foam.

Preparing the main panel

Step 1

Join the sixteen print squares together into one long strip. Press, then sew to the bottom of the main fabric 4¼in x 24½in strip.

Step 2

Bunny face template

Fold the panel in half widthwise and finger press to find the centre. Mark this with a removable fabric marker. Transfer the bunny face template, centring along this line, and placing approx 2in down from the top edge (Fig B). Apply fusible batting to the wrong side of the panel.

Step 3

bunny faces stitched onto fabric

Use two strands of embroidery thread to embroider the faces. Debbie used French knots for the eyes and a cross for the mouth (Fig C).

Step 4

Place the panel on top of the remaining piece of sew in foam and baste around the edges as before. Also topstitch along the top of the seam joining the patchwork strip to the main fabric piece. Trim away any excess foam.

Making the bunny ears

Step 1

Apply the fusible batting to the wrong side of each main fabric ear. Mark the two lines from the template on the right side of each lining fabric ear piece, using a removable marker. Place each main fabric ear RST with a lining ear.

Step 2

Sew along the outer edge of each ear, leaving the base open for turning. Trim the points and notch the curves, being careful not to cut into your stitching. Turn each ear right side out, roll the edges and finger press around the edge.

Step 3

Fabric bunny ears

Take one ear, and fold in half to find the centre of the base. Bring each marked line to the centre and finger press, then pin in place. Baste along the bottom edge to pleat the ear. Repeat with the other ear (Fig D).

Step 4

fabric strips with bunny faces and ears

Position the ears on the front panel, in from the centre line on either side. Pin, then baste ½in place (Fig E).

Making the bunny baskets

Step 1

Fold the main panel in half, RST, matching the short raw edges. Sew along this short edge using a ½in seam and press the seam open.

Step 2

Place the main panel RST with the base circle and pin or clip in place. With the base circle on the bottom, sew in place on your machine, working slowly, and pivoting as necessary with the needle down.

Step 3

Sew the short edges of the remaining lining strip, as in step 16, but leaving an approx 3in gap for turning, backstitching at each end to secure. Sew to the lining base circle as in step 17.

Step 4

Turning the bunny baskets inside out

With the basket turned right side out, place inside the lining, so they are RST. Match the seams at the back and tuck the ears down between the two layers. Pin or clip in place (Fig F).

Step 5

Sew around the top edge. Turn the basket right side out through the gap in the lining. Sew the gap using a ladder stitch and push into the basket. Press around the edge, and topstitch in place.

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How to quilt bunny baskets

Your bunny baskets are complete! They’re great for organising or storing all your easter eggs in. For more Easter crafts check out our Easter sewing projects and easy Easter knitting patterns. Or if you are feeling fancy, take a look at our review of the best long arm quilting machines.