Happy Egg Hunting!

Easter Bunny Tote Bag

I love the variety of patterns that Little Lizard Kings has to offer!  This little Tote bag is a fun and simple sew. I thought it would make a great Easter egg huntin’ bag.  Because I  wanted to make it a lil more fun, I added the the bunny ears and face, from LLKs Animazing suspender skirt!  After I made my Easter bunny themed tote, I decided I to share with you how I made it!finished

I had seen and heard that everyone is excited about some adorable holiday fat quarters Walmart has and I just had to use them for this project CAUSE THEY’RE SO CUTE!

I decided I’d make the smallest sized tote, the “kid’s catch all” and for that I needed 4 fat quarters; 2 for the main and 2 for the lining.  I was able to get the outer ears and inner ears AND the handles out of those 4 fat quarters as well!  Now all I needed was the face template pattern pieces, from the Animazing skirt. step1

First, I sewed the fat quarters together along the short side, right sides together, with a 1/2″ seam allowance, so that I could get the length needed for the tote. The fabric for my main was directional, so I made sure to reverse the print direction so when sewn, it wouldn’t be upside down. After the fat quarters were sewn together, I cut them according to the tote pattern. step2

Next, I cut out the bunny ears, 4 outer ears and 4 inner ears. Make sure they’re mirrored!step4

Because I wanted to use matching fabric for the strap and also wanted them a little smaller, more like handle length, I cut the handles 12.50″L X 2.5″W (cut 4; 2 main, 2 lining)  Then, I sewed them right sides together, down the long side, turned them,  pressed them, and top stitched them.

Next I made the ears, I sewed them right sides together, trimmed them with pinking shears, turned and pressed, and top stitched the inner ear to the outer ear.

I followed the tote bag tutorial for assembling the bag and once my inner and outer bags were made it was time to add the face!

I found the middle of one side of my outer bag and lined it up with the center mark on the face template pattern piece.  Then I marked the face lines with some tailor’s chalk.

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Next I added the ears to their markings and sewed them in place.

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For the eyes and nose I used buttons and sewed them in place. I decided to use embroidery floss for the whiskers, I doubled up the floss and sewed a long stitch from one end of my marking line to the other and back on the reverse side.   I also went with 3 whiskers to match the bunny on the fabric.

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Next I used the ears as placement marks for my handles and sewed them on.

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I followed the tote bag instructions for attaching the lining to the main, turned and top stitched, Make sure to fold the ears up when top stitching.

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And Voila! The cute lil bunny bag is done!

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Of course I had to make an outfit to match!  Always thinking ahead, I bought a “FEW” of these adorable Easter themed fat quarters, and made these Newport shorts, paired with the Leiden top.   Now she is ready to run around and hunt some eggs!

I hope you give the LLK tote bag a try! Miss Ashlynn loves hers and can’t wait to collect some candy with it, I mean Easter eggs, LOL

Happy Sewing

Rachael


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