I have a cute Easter project for you today that will be sure to put a smile on some little ones faces :) I know they did with my girls!
Decorative bits & pieces: pom poms, tulle, felt balls, beads, pom pom ric rac, wool, fabric, stuffing, (depending on what decorations you’d like to make)
You’ll also need:
Needle & thread
craft glue (optional)
pom pom maker (optional)
Download and print out your template at 100%.
download the bunny ears template HERE
Cut out both temple pieces along the outside lines. Place the outer ear template on the white felt and trace around two ears. Cut out the two ears *leaving seam allowance* on on both sides of the ears. (The bottom of the ears don’t need seam allowance).
Place one ear shape on top of another layer of felt and cut another piece of felt. Repeat for other ear.
Place your inner ear template onto your chosen patterned fabric, trace and cut around. You don’t need to add seam allowance here.
The white felt piece that you have the drawn template on is the wrong side of the ear. This is the side on which you will sew. Place a patterned inner ear on the other side of the ear, with the patterned fabric facing outwards. My trick here is to hold the ears up to a window so I get my inner ear placed in a nice centered spot. Pin. Repeat for both ears.
Now, sew the inner ear onto the felt, using a narrow, but slightly spaced apart zig zag stitch. Repeat for other ear.
Now you can place the other pieces of white felt against the sewn ones, with the patterned fabric sandwiched inside. Sew all around the edges of the ears along your line, leaving the bottom open. Trim excess felt near seam and turn right side out. Make sure the bottoms of your ears are cut along the template lines.
Take some pipe cleaners and join them together until you have enough length to make a bunny ear shape that will fit nicely inside an ear. Make two of these and place inside ears
Take your headband and a long strip of you patterned fabric about 1” wide and wrap it all around. I tacked mine in place with a few stitches at the start and the end, but you could also use craft glue here.
Now take your ears, fold over the two bottom sides, and stitch them closed, tacking the two folded sides into place. Place them onto your headband and pin and sew down. Sew all around the bottoms of the ears making them nice and firm.
Now for decorating! I made a pom pom, a tulle flower, a quirky stuffed sphere covered in beads, and then tied some other decorations on. Use artistic license here and decorate however you like.
I made a tulle flower by taking a piece of tulle 1 1/2” wide by about 20” long and sewing all along one side then gathering it together, then adding a few more secure stitches at the bottom.
I have nifty little pom pom makers, so I used one of these to make a pom pom. If you have one, use the instructions on your pom pom maker.
I also took a circle of some other velvet type fabric, around 3 1/2” in diameter. I sewed running stitch all around the edges, and gathered it together placing stuffing in the middle before tightening and securing with a few stitches. I then sewed on some sequins and beads to make a quirky little decoration
I had a little glitter flower with a wire stem that I twisted around the headband. I then tried out different arrangements for my decorations and sewed them on when I was happy with their placement. To finish, I took some pom pom ric rac, and twisted this all through and around the decorations, tacking at each end with a needle and thread.
To add pretty beads simply thread some wool through and tie them on.
You could also use some craft glue to place your decorations on. I like to sew my pieces on as I think it gives a better finish.
So, there you have it! Bendable bunny ears for the little cuties in your life, all ready for some exciting Easter egg hunts!
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