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13 March, 2015

Fun No-Sew Bunny and Carrot Wreath

Here’s a fun wreath for Spring and Easter that has been cooking in the back of my mind for a while…my no-sew bunny and carrot wreath! I have had carrots on the brain lately (see some here) and have also had a lot of fun creating projects using felt, so this one fit right in! And…I think that the little grands will enjoy it, too, since this is the first trip that the Easter Bunny will be making when everyone really knows what’s going on!



CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Bunny and Carrot Wreath supplies Here’s what you will need:
  • 14 inch foam wreath form
  • 1/3 yard of white felt
  • 1/4 yard orange felt
  • craft squares of black and pink felt
  • large pompom (for tail)
  • green raffia (for carrot tops)
  • Scotch tape
  • fabric glue
  • hot glue gun
  • fiberfill stuffing
  • strips of burlap
  • bamboo skewer
  • decorative ribbon (for the bunny’s bow)
  • jute twine (to hang)

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Bunny and Carrot Wreath design watermarkedI was inspired by a wreath that I saw here, but already knew that I would be working with as felt as my medium, so mine would be a little different. I started out by tracing around the wreath form and then adding the bunny and the carrots. You can enlarge the drawing to fit whatever wreath size that you choose, although this is something you may have to do at an office supply store to have it large enough. I actually used only one of the carrots as a pattern so they would all be identical. I did make one change in that I actually used eight carrots in the finished wreath.

Oz Our beautiful CEO Miss Ozzie helped me create the design by lending a…er…hand, as you can see!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Bunny and Carrot Wreath tutorial
Here’s what you will do to make the bunny:
  1. With the felt doubled, cut out two bunnies using the bunny pattern above.
  2. Without separating them, work around the bunny shapes, gently lifting up the edges and applying a bead of fabric glue. Press down to seal the seam as you go, leaving an opening at the bunny’s belly.
  3. Add the ear, nose, eye and paw embellishments with fabric glue. For the bow and tail, use a dot of hot glue. Hint: I always use a bamboo skewer to press down when working with hot glue to avoid being burned.
  4. Allow the bunny to dry overnight.
  5. Gently stuff the bunny with the fiberfill, using the eraser end of a pencil to push it into the ears and the legs. Do not worry if the seam comes undone in a few spots since you can go back and reseal it with a small bead of hot glue.
  6. Once the bunny is stuffed, close the opening in the belly with a thin bead of hot glue.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Bunny and Carrot Wreath tutorial
Here’s what you will do to make the carrots:
  1. Double the orange felt and, using one of the carrots from the design above as your pattern, cut out eight carrots (a front and a back for each carrot, for a total of 16 carrots pieces.) Add a bead of fabric glue around the edges, leaving the tops of the carrots open. Let them dry overnight.
  2. Cut the raffia into pieces that are 3 yards long then fold double four times until you have a bundle that is approximately 6 inches long. Secure one end of the bundle with Scotch tape. Then, with the iron on low heat, press the top part of the bundle flat.
  3. Using the eraser end of a pencil, gently stuff the carrot with fiberfill, allowing a bit of room at the top.
  4. Slip the raffia bundle inside and to the back of the carrot behind the fiberfill. Add a small dot of hot glue to the inside back of the carrot and press to hold the raffia bundle in place.
  5. Finish off the carrot with a thin bead of hot glue and press down with a bamboo skewer so as not to get burned. Hint: If any glue oozes out, use the skewer to remove it before it hardens. Trim the raffia to approximately 3 1/2 inches.
  6. Repeat until you have created eight carrots.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Bunny and Carrot Wreath tutorial Next, wrap the wreath form in the strips of burlap, making sure that each strip begins and ends on the back side of the wreath so that the ends will not show, hot gluing the ends of each strip as you go.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Bunny and Carrot Wreath tutorialOnce the wreath form is completely covered with the burlap, place the bunny and carrots in position and secure them by pushing straight pins through to hold them. This gives you an idea of placement. Then, gently take out the pins and hot glue the carrots to the wreath one at a time, holding them in place to be sure that the glue has had time to cool and set. Finish by gluing the bunny in place last in case you need to have his paws overlap the carrots a bit to fit.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Bunny and Carrot Wreath tutorialI found that his ears were too floppy, so I inserted a bamboo skewer (my best crafting friend…can you tell?) into the wreath form behind the ears, cut it to the right length and then hot glued the ears to it. Finally, I made a loop from jute twine and hot glued it to the back of the wreath to serve as a hanger.

And here he is…hopping around the wreath to get at those carrots! I can’t wait for the little grands to see this one!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Felt Carrots And for more fun, check out these no-sew felt carrots! See? I told you I’ve had carrots on my brain!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Bunnies and Burlap for SpringAnd for some no-sew bunny ideas with a little burlap thrown in just for fun, head on over to check out these no-sew projects with bunnies and burlap, all dressed up for spring and Easter!
And stay tuned because I still have one or two more carrot-y ideas to share with you before Easter!

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12 comments:

  1. Debbie, you are the "Queen" when it comes to crafting and duplicating. This is so cute.

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  2. This is so ADORABLE! BEST Easter wreath ever!
    Jenna

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  3. I love it! As soon as I saw this I knew I had to make one right away so I'm off to the sewing room. Thank you. :)

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  4. Your wreath is adorable Debbie! Have fun with the kids:@)

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  5. Had to comment on your helper...you should have attached her to the wreath! I am lucky to have helpers at my house, too.At Halloween, two of them would be perfect on a wreath, I shall tuck that idea away.

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  6. Such a cute wreath!! I pinned it to my Easter board. I love the bunny and the carrots!

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  7. Debbie,
    Thank you for sharing this darling Easter wreath at my party....I LOVE it!!! I will feature it at my party on Monday.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  8. I thought this was the Easter wreath of the year. It is so joyful and happy. It sings out, "Happy Spring!"

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  9. I love it. Sooo cute! Wish I had seen it earlier.

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  10. This really is too cute- perfect for Easter! Pinned!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie