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Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today with a fun Sizzix Tutorial showing you how to create this adorable bunny, using the new Bunny die by E.L. Smith.  Bunnies aren't just for Easter, or little babies anymore, so I changed mine up a bit to make him more of an Americana bunny, perfect for my decor, and he can sit out all year.  This little bunny is so fun to create and you can easily create him in a couple of hours.  I hope you enjoy!

Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

I had a lot of fun making this little bunny.  You know sometimes, I just like to take a break from paper and break out my stash of fabric and sew a little.  This project hit the spot, and I couldn't be happier with the way he turned out.  I finished him off by adding a strip of coffee stained muslin around his neck and a small tag with a rusty bell.

Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

Let me show you how to create him.

Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

This die comes with all the directions needed to cut and assemble the bunny.

First from your fabric you will need to cut:

  • 2, mirror image bunny bodies
  • 2, pairs of mirror image bunny ears, arms, and legs

I used 1/8 a yard of fabric in navy and red.

Your sandwich when using the Big Shot Pro is as follows:

Standard Sliding Tray, Adapter Pad, then a Cutting Pad, next your Bunny Bigz L die, (cutting side up), followed by your fabric, then another Cutting Pad on top.  Run this sandwich through your machine to cut your pieces.

Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

Lay your pieces out.  I laid my pieces right sides together, to make sure I had all the pieces correctly cut.

Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

Take two ears, right sides together and sew along the perimeter, leaving room at the flat end to turn right side out.  I use 1/8" seam allowance, the directions call for 1/4" seam allowance, so if you choose a smaller seam allowance, just be sure you use this with all the pieces.  Flip right side out, press flat with an iron, and repeat for other ear.

Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

Fold ears in half lengthwise.  Place the base of both ears together and hand sew a few stitches to secure the ears together before sewing them to the head of the body.

Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

Place the raw edge of the ears so the seams are facing the bunny front.  Baste the ears in place using a narrow seam on one body shape.  Place the second body shape on top of the first, right sides together.  Begin sewing at the base of the neck, up and over the head, and all the way around the body.  End at the base of the body.  Sew the back from the bottom up about 3/4".  Tuck ears inside the head so they don't get in the way of the legs being sewn.

Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

Take two legs, right sides together and sew along the perimeter, leaving room at the tops of the legs to turn right side out.  Stuff to desired loft.  Repeat to make another leg.

Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

Create the arms in the same fashion as you did the legs.

Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

With right sides together, fold the body in half, matching center seams to form the bottom of the body.  Place legs "inside" body with raw edges 1/4" extending over the edge of the body.  The legs should fit into the sides with a gap in between.  Pin in place to secure.  Make sure your legs are facing the correct direction.  Sew the bottom of the body.

Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

Flip right-side out.

Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

Stuff the body with poly fiber-fill to desired loft.

Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

Sew the back of the body closed using a ladder stitch.   Mark with a pencil about 1/2" from neck and pin arms to body.  Sew the arms onto the body using a ladder stitch and coordinating thread.

Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

To finish and embellish, sew buttons on for eyes using 3 strands of DMC white floss, and a satin stitched nose.  Tie a strip of coffee stained muslin around the neck and add a stained, stamped tag along with a rusty bell.

Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

Your bunny is now complete, and ready for display.

I hope this inspires you to create your own fabric bunny,  he'll bring you years of joy, I'm sure.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Hilary Kanwischer

  • Assorted fabric
  • Poly fiberfill
  • Coffee stained muslin strip
  • Tag
  • Alphabet stamps with black ink
  • Rusty bell
  • Sewing machine
  • DMC floss in White
  • Buttons
  • Needle and thread

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