Create a sweet Easter Bunny embroidery hoop using fabric and applique! This is a great project for fabric scraps and hand sewing! Grab the free pattern to get started.
The other day I was scrolling through Instagram and saw this adorable Easter basket cookie from @sweetjennybelle. I love following her baking creations, they are so pretty! When I saw this cookie, I instantly thought how cute something like this would look on an embroidery hoop. So when nap time came that day, I put off the project I was planning to work on, and started working on this Easter Bunny Embroidery Hoop. I really had fun creating this hoop and love how sweet it turned out!
One of the best parts of this project for me, was that it was made with fabric scraps I had on hand. If you’ve been following along recently, you’ll know I am really trying to make projects using fabrics from my crazy huge stash.
This Easter Bunny Hoop is a combination of applique and embroidery and comes together pretty quickly. Well, quickly considering I’ve been cross-stitching again. I’m always amazed how much faster embroidery is for me compared to cross-stitch! The chain stitch, what I used to outline the eggs, was a new stitch for me and I had fun learning it. Below is the tutorial and the free pattern so you can make your own Easter Bunny Embroidery Hoop!
Easter Bunny Embroidery Hoop Art
- Free Pattern – Link located at the end of this post
- 10″ Embroidery Hoop
- Fusible Web/Wonder Under
- Fabric for background, basket and applique
- White felt for bunny applique
- Embroidery Floss in coordinating colors
- Ribbon for hanging
- Sewing Notions: scissors, needle, and iron
- Wonder Clips – these were helpful for holding my fabric around the hoop as the glue dried
Step By Step Tutorial
Step One: Cover the hoop with fabric.
The first thing to do is cover your hoop in the fabric you are using for the “basket”. I am using a vintage gingham seersucker I had in my stash. You can cover the hoop however you’d like. Below you can see how I did it. This was my first time covering a hoop in fabric instead of ribbon. This may not have been the easiest way to cover the hoop, but it did the job and looked nice. If I were to do this again, I would try lining up my fabric strip with the edge of the hoop instead of centering it.
To cover the hoop, I cut a long thin piece of fabric about 3″. I centered it along the inside of the outer hoop and glued it down.
Once the glue was dry, I wrapped the lower side of fabric around the hoop so both ends of the fabric were pointing up.
I trimmed the shorter fabric on the outside of the hoop so it was even with the hoop and then glued it down. It was important to pull the fabric taut. I trimmed my fabric, then glued it, and then trimmed it again to catch any of the fabric that pulled up while I was gluing.
Once the glue had dried again, I wrapped the other end of the fabric around the hoop so the raw edge was on the inside of the hoop. I glued it and held it in place with tiny clips. I should have grabbed my fabric glue, but instead used this clear tacky glue.
When the glue is dry, remove the clips and your hoops is covered!
Step Two: Stretch your background fabric and basket fabric in the hoop.
Make sure your covered hoop has the inside raw edge facing up. This way, when you pull the covered hoop down over your fabrics, you won’t be going against that raw edge which may rip it up.
Step Three: Prepare the applique pieces.
Use the free printable pattern (located at the end of this post in blue), and fusible web or Wonder Under. I lay the fusible web over the pattern with the paper side facing up. Then I trace each applique shape with pencil, leaving space in between the pieces.
Cut out each applique shape from the fusible web leaving a border around each.
Iron each fusible web piece to the wrong side of the fabric.
Here are all of my pieces ironed to their fabrics. Cut each piece out along the line.
Step Four: Iron the applique pieces onto the hoop.
Make sure the pieces have all cooled since ironing them, then peel the paper backing off each piece and arrange them in the basket.
Once you are happy with the arrangement, gently iron from the right side. Then turn over and iron from the back as best you can! My iron just fit!
Step Five: Time to embroider!
My favorite part! I used a chain stitch to outline all of the eggs and carrots. I watched this quick video from Wendi Gratz to learn the stitch. I went over the polka dots on my eggs with french knots. I stitched the bunny down with a small back stitch and stitched his ears and nose down with a tiny chain stitch.
The eyes are two small french knots and the mouth is done with a small backstitch in grey floss.
Step Six: It’s time to finish the back of the hoop!
I cut my excess fabric down to about 1.5″ around the hoop and then used a running stitch to gather it to the back of the hoop. You can further finish the back of the hoop by gluing a piece of white felt to the back.
Step Seven: This is optional, but if you’d like, you can add a bow and ribbon loop for hanging. I created a little ribbon loop with periwinkle ribbon and then added a bow with glue to the front of the hoop. It was then all finished!
I really love how this sweet hoop turned out! It’s fun to see all my fabric scraps being used and the fabrics look so cheery together! This is a fun hand sewing project you can whip up before the holiday! The free pattern is available below. If you are looking for another great scrap-busting Easter project, check out the Carrot Banner I posted earlier this week! I used some of the same fabrics for both of these projects! I have a few more fun Easter crafts coming so stop on back next week! :)
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