I’ll take any excuse to sew bunny themed projects, so it’s no surprise that Easter is my favorite holiday to sew for! Today I’m sharing a bunny bag free pattern with you that would be perfect for holding Easter goodies, or any other time of the year!
I can’t decide which I like best, the ears in the front or the little tail in the back!
This bag will have any little one jumping for joy!
Make one for some-bunny special this Easter, and you’ll be the favorite mom, aunt, grandma, or friend!
Both the outer seersucker fabric for this bag and the chenille used on the ears and tail were found at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. I guess Lola is happy with my choice of chenille ;).
I was able to squeak out the lining from my last bit of Urban Zoologie that Ann Kelle was so kind to send me last year. I also used it for the lining of the free bunny backpack pattern I released last year, and I was excited to get to use it on another bag!
Let’s get to work!
main fabric – 1/2yd
lining fabric – 1/3yd
contrast fabric (for ears and tail – fleece, chenille, or faux fur recommended) – 1/4yd
embroidery floss (for face)
fusible woven interfacing (Pellon SF101 recommended) – 1/2yd
polyfill for stuffing tail
Click here to download and print pattern pieces. Print at 100%, and check 1″ test square on page 1 to ensure printing accuracy.
*All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise noted.*
Cut out fabric as directed on pattern pieces (do not cut face template from fabric). Attach interfacing to wrong side of respective main fabric pieces and mark dart placements.
Transfer face template to center of front main fabric piece. Embroider face using desired stitch.
Folding fabric right sides together (RST), stitch all darts on front/back main fabric and lining fabric pieces. Press main fabric and lining fabric darts in opposing directions to reduce bulk in finished bag.
RST, pin and stitch one ear main fabric piece to one contrast fabric piece along curved edges, using 1/4″ seam allowance, and leaving top straight edge open. Trim or clip seam allowance, turn ear right side out through opening, and press flat. Repeat with remaining ear pieces.
Topstitch around curved edges of each ear, 1/4″ from edge.
Main fabrics together, stitch ears to bag front as marked on pattern piece.
Wrong sides together, fold one strap piece in half along length. Open fold and press each long raw edge to center fold. Repeat with other strap.
Fold strap pieces back in half and topstitch along each long edge, close to edges.
Pin and stitch ends of one strap to bag front as marked, ensuring strap is not twisted. Repeat with remaining strap and bag back.
Use a basting stitch (longest stitch length on machine) to stitch around tail piece, 1/4″ from edge, without backstitching at beginning or end of stitches.
Pull on top threads only to gather edges toward center and forming a pocket. Stuff pocket with polyfil and pull threads tight to close opening. Use thread ends and needle to secure opening closed.
Handstitch tail to center of bag back, concealing stitched side against bag back.
RST, pin and stitch side and bottom edges of front/back main fabric pieces together. Trim or clip seam allowance and press seam allowance open. Repeat with front/back lining pieces.
RST, place lining inside of bag exterior, matching top raw edges. Pin edges together, keeping straps and ears inside.
Stitch around pinned edge, leaving open between straps on back.
Press raw edges at opening 1/2″ toward wrong sides.
Turn bag right side out and press flat along top seam.
Topstitch around top of bag, 1/8″ from edge, closing opening. Topstitch again 1/4″ from edge.
Now, go fill the bag up with goodies and make a little friend the happiest on the block!