With a few scraps of felt and just 15 minutes, you can create these adorable egg warmers and celebrate Easter with your new bunny friends. Use the free downloadable pattern I prepared for you and create your bunnies by following my step-by-step instructions.
- Red, pink and white felt
- Red thread
- Sewing pins
- Black marker
- Thick pink marker
- Hot glue sticks
- Hot glue gun
- Template of bunny parts
1. Cut Out Felt Parts of the Bunny
Print out the template on an A4 sheet of paper. Just a few words so that you understand how the template works: shapes 1 and 2 are identical and they form the body of the bunny (back and front). Shape 3 is the face of the bunny, while shapes 4 and 5 are the inner part of the bunny's ears.
Carefully cut along the dotted line of the printed template until you have all the pieces that will form your Easter bunny.
Now it's time to choose the color of your bunny. I made two egg cosies, one red and one blue. They are both colors suitable for celebrations, plus they look great together. Now, just pick one color to make your first bunny. If you plan to create more, make sure you choose colors that go well together so that your Easter table looks gorgeous.
Place the felt sheet flat on the working surface. On top of the felt, place template pieces 1 and 2. Make sure you place them close together, so you can save the extra felt for future projects. Pin the paper patterns on to the felt sheet, making sure that the felt remains as straight as possible.
Go around the perimeter of the shapes to ensure that the paper patterns stay in place during the next step.
Holding together the paper and the felt, carefully cut around the perimeter of the shapes.
Once the two felt shapes are ready, you can remove the sewing pins and separate the paper from the felt parts.
Now, grab a sheet of pink felt. This will form the inner part of the bunny's ears. Place pattern pieces 4 and 5 on the pink felt and pin them in place.
Using a pair of scissors, carefully cut along the pattern. Once the felt ears are cut, unpin the paper template.
Get some white felt to create the face. Pin the paper shape No 3 on to the white felt sheet.
Trim the ellipse perimeter to create the base for the bunny's face and remove the pins.
2. Create the Character
Place the felt ellipse shape you created from pattern shape No 3 on the working surface. Now, you need to draw in the face. Feel free to create your own expression and personality, or follow my instructions.
You need a thin black marker. Felt can be a bit tricky to draw on as it has a rough surface. It's wise to practice drawing on a scrap piece of felt before illustrating your final piece. First, make two semi-circles on top of the face. These will be the eyes. Now, if you wish to make a girl bunny, you can add small vertical lines as the eye lashes. Have a look at the blue bunny for inspiration at the end of the tutorial.
At the bottom of the face and placed centrally, create another semi-circle of almost the same size to give your bunny a mouth. Don't forget to add two bunny teeth in the middle.
Your bunny's face is almost there! If you wish to add extra cuteness, just use a thick pink marker and create two pink circles as the cheeks. You don't need to be super precise with these ones.
At this point, you should have all the components ready to form the egg cosy. You should have two red felt pieces for the body, two pink ears and a white ellipse with a cute face painted on it.
Plug in your hot glue gun and wait a few minutes until the glue gets hot. Once the glue is liquid, apply some to the back side of the face. Make sure to apply glue at the edges of the piece as well.
Glue the face on the body. Make sure it is centered on the red piece. Once you are sure about the position, press it firmly to glue it in place.
Following the same procedure, glue the two pink ears on the bunny. As these pieces are even more delicate, pay attention so you don't burn your fingers. Once you are done gluing all three pieces, remember to turn off your hot glue gun.
3. Sew the Egg Cosy
Now it's time to sew the two pieces together. First, place the front piece of the bunny on top of the second red piece. Make sure you completely align the two identical pieces so that their shapes meet exactly.
Once the front and back part of the bunny are completely aligned, pin them in place to secure.
Now thread your needle with some sewing thread in a similar color to your bunny. Use back stitch or a sewing machine to stitch the two pieces together. Sew along the perimeter of the shape as close to the edge as possible. Make sure you stitch along the solid line of the pattern, leaving the bottom part of the bunny cosy open.
Keep on stitching and remove the sewing pins as you go.
If you run out of thread, make a knot at the back side of the bunny and continue stitching with a new thread. Once you have sewed along the solid line, secure the thread with a knot and trim the excess thread.
All you need to do now is pop the egg cosy on top of your egg to keep it warm and make it look super-cute.
Decorate Your Funny Bunny!
In this tutorial, I showed you how to create adorable egg cosies in the shape of cute bunnies. They'll make perfect additions to your Easter table. You learned how to transfer the pattern on to felt and create all the pieces, as well as how to illustrate the face and sew the bunny together.
You can use this bunny design for more Easter projects, like Easter cards, or you could create a bunny softie. Just stuff the bunny with soft filling and stitch along the base to close it. If you keep the bottom open, the cosy would also make a cute finger puppet for children.
Did you enjoy this project? What other Easter decorations are you making this year? Please share your thoughts and ideas on the comments section below.