Fabric Bunny Dolls: Whimsical Painted Easter Decor

fabric bunnies completed

These painted fabric dolls make cute additions to your Easter decor.  Whimsical shapes and easy machine sewing create a blank canvas (literally!) for your creative paint or collage embellishments.

Supplies:

Muslin, about 12×20 inches per bunny
Stuffing
Acrylic paint
Gesso
Sewing machine and hand/machine sewing supplies
White pom pom, 1-inch

Directions:

Draw a bunny shape on standard copy paper.   Keep the design loose and without a lot of sharp corners.  Simple and quirky is just the right look.

bunny drawing

 

Transfer the bunny design to your fabric.  Double the fabric and pin in place.

transfer design to fabric

 

Machine sew on the pencil line.

stitch on pencil line

stitched on line

 

Trim the excess fabric near the stitching line.

trim near stitched line

 

Cut a 2-3-inch opening in the back of the bunny.  Take care to cut through only ONE layer of fabric.

cut slit in back

slit in back

 

Pull the fabric through the opening to turn the bunny inside out.  The raw edges will end up on the inside of the bunny.

turn fabric

turn right side out

 

Stuff the bunny and hand stitch the opening closed.

stitch opening closed

 

Apply gesso to the bunny, completely covering the fabric.  Allow to dry.

apply gesso

 

Paint the bunny on all sides using acrylic craft paint.  The sample uses cream, pink, and rust colors, but you can make your bunny any colors that you love.

paint fabric

 

Paint a simple face using black paint.  Or add features with a permanent black marker.

paint face

 

Add clothing and other details.  Get creative and have some fun!  You can use paint or glue fabric or paper to personalize the doll.  Glue a white pom pom to one side for a tail.

paint clothing

 

Give your bunny some friends!  Hand draw each design so that each character is unique.

bunnies in a basket

Thanks for stopping by! Lee Ann

 

 

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