Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Spring "Promise" Bunnies

Hi everyone, it's Audrey, here today with a fun spring-inspired project to share with you all featuring the adorable new Promise collection.


The Promise collection is an absolute breath of fresh air after the long bleak winter many of us have been experiencing this year. I'm sure I'm not the only one ready for spring, right? And nothing says springtime more than a whole bunch o' bunnies.

I pulled out some of my favorite prints from the collection to whip up these sweet springtime rabbits to add some festive cheer to my home decor for the season. Love that these paper bunnies are so easy and fun to make. They can be dressed up with lots of pretty ribbons and trims, or left plain...it's up to you. Either way, you can have a whole bevy of bunnies to love or to gift in no time at all. Here's all you need to do.

Download and print the Bunny Pattern


Using the pattern as a template, trace the bunny onto patterned paper. For each completed bunny, you will need to cut out two patterns. Use the same print front and back, or mix them up, whichever you choose.

Lay the two pattern pieces together, back sides facing, and clip temporarily to hold them in place.

 Machine stitch around the outside of the bunnies using about a 1/8" seam allowance. Stitch part way around the head, and then stop momentarily to add some stuffing. I like to do this part in stages so that it's easier to reach the stuffing up into the head and ears. You can use any number of items to stuff the rabbits with, such as polyfill fiber, cotton balls, or even torn up bits of newsprint or tissue paper. I like to go green and use whatever recycled materials I may have at hand. Use a ruler or wooden skewer to help push the stuffing up into the rabbit, if you need to. Just don’t over-stuff them, as you will end up with creases in your paper.


Continue stitching and stuffing until you've made it all the way around the rabbit. Edge bunnies with matching ink, and now have fun dressing them however you would like.


I tied pretty gingham ribbon and trims around the neck of each of my rabbits and then added some swing tags made from the Components die cuts sheet. The center of each bow is topped with custom brads made with my shape studio tool, clear bubble caps, and additional tiny die cuts. And lastly, I added a few die cut leaves made with papers from the 6x6 Bundle.

Some extra inking around the leaves and bunnies add a bit of character.


And so as to not waste any of my adorable Promise papers, I put my bunny leftovers to good use, making this sweet little Easter card from all my paper scraps.


Love the homespun feel with the stitched blocks of papers, and the sweet layered tag, too. Reminds me of my grandmother's old quilts.

Although I promise you, this is much easier to make. Here's a few quick tips.

Cover the front of an A2 card base with blue patterned paper from the 6x6 Bundle. From scratch cardstock, cut a panel that is slightly smaller than the card front. 

 Trim all your paper scraps into rectangular blocks, with straight edges on all four sides.


Adhere paper blocks to the scrap cardstock panel so that the entire panel is covered and all edges meet snugly. Doesn't matter if some of the papers go off the edge, just make sure to cover the entire surface.
Flip the panel over to the back side, and trim off all overhanging pieces of patterned paper. Machine stitch around each individual block, if desired. Layer quilted panel onto card base, and dress up with trims and a tag.

Enjoy!
 Supplies:
Authentique Promise Collection:
promise "three" 12x12 paperpromise "four" 12x12 paper
promise "six" 12x12 paper6x6 "bundle"
"components" 6x12 die cut paper accents

22 comments:

  1. Audrey...I have LOVED these bunnies since the first time I saw them. I think Sizzix should make a die of these because they are soooooo sweet! I LOVE them!!! ;)

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  2. wonderful showcasing !!!!! I think you have inspired me to give this a try for my next card. thanks

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  3. Adorable, Just Adorable....thanks for the fun inspiration. I can't wait to get my "Promise" papers and make a few of these for family. Will look good in a wreath we change up for my Mother.

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  4. Super cute and an easy project to do with my granddaughter.

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing this. I'm making some bunnies for Easter.

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  6. Aww, those bunnies are so cute and I also just love the pretty card!

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  7. I need to make some bunnies! These are too cute!

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  8. Adorable bunnies! Love how you decorated them, thanks so much for the pattern!

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  9. Where do I find the download for the pattern? I just love this bunny project.

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    1. go back up to the top of page..right above the cut-out bunny picture it say "download bunny pattern".. roll your cursor over the words Bunny Pattern. then click- will take you to the pattern..

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  10. I also was wondering where to get the bunny pattern

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    1. go back up to the top of page..right above the cut-out bunny picture it say "download bunny pattern".. roll your cursor over the words Bunny Pattern. then click- will take you to the pattern..

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  11. adorable...going to make them with my service club to drop off at the nursing homes...will be real cute for Easter! or just for the spring that never seems to want to come....love the project, but going to glue them, not machine stitch for the kids in school...will take a little more time, but will be doable.

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  12. Absolutely adorable! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

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  13. Too cute! Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

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  14. These are beautiful! Seriously love them! :)

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  15. Very cool! Yep, I am ready for spring.

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  16. Wow, great projects for spring and Easter! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Thanks for sharing this post with us...nice work...Super Glue or Cyanoacrylate.

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