Give the gift of an Easter Bunny drawstring bag filled with sweet treats to your loved ones this Easter.
A gift handmade with love that is sure to last much longer than its contents and you don’t even have to leave the house!
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Follow these simple steps to make your Easter Bunny Drawstring Bag...
You will need:
· - 45cm x 45cm fabric piece (We have used our Cotton Drill fabric printed to a Fat Quarter size. If you are using a lightweight fabric, you may need some fuse/interlining to strengthen the Bunny ears)
· 90cm ribbon, tape or cord for drawstring (cut into 2 x 45cm).
· Standard sewing thread matching to fabric
· Fabric scissors OR rotary cutter and cutting matt
· Sewing machine OR needle and thread
· Pattern chalk or pencil
· 1 x Safety pin (for threading drawstring through channel)
· Iron & ironing board
Step 1: Cut out the A4 paper Easter Bunny Drawstring Bag Template
The Bunny ears and bag patterns are part of the same A4 printout. You can either print the template twice, or cut out the Drawstring Bag first and then proceed to cut out the Bunny Ears.
If you are using 1 printout, make sure you mark the Bunny Ears position on the Bag before cutting out the Bunny Ears from the same template. (See Step 3)
Step 2: Fold fabric in half, pin Easter Bunny Drawstring Bag Template to your fabric, cut out edges and mark pattern notches.
The Drawstring Bag template needs to be Cut on Fold (see pattern information). Fold your fabric in half and line up the bottom of the Bag pattern with the folded edge. You can also fold a bit extra to cut out the Bunny Ears at the same time and speed things up.
*Pattern notches are small marks on a pattern to be used as markers for trimmings or to ensure two points along a seam match up. In this case, the pattern notches are for the Drawstring bag channel fold line. Cut a small slit into each notch, no larger than 5mm.
Step 3: Mark the 3 dots ‘Ear Placement Markers for Bag’ on the wrong side of the back on the Drawstring Bag
You can use pattern chalk for this or even a colouring pencil (The main thing to be cautious of is to not use an ink pen or a dark colour as this will soak through to the right side of the fabric). The Ear Placement Markers for Bag will help you to get the Bunny Ears level and in the right position on the bag.
Step 4: Prepare and sew the channel for the drawstring tape.
You may find an iron and ironing board useful on this step if your fabric is a bit unpredictable!
- Fold and press the fabric at the notch points on the 2 short edges of the Bag to make the drawstring channel. Fold in the 1cm seam allowance first so your channel does not have a raw edge.
- Fold in the sides of the channel (5mm) at the fold line to make sure the opening of the channel does not have a raw edge. The fold in should be in a triangle shape so it is folded slightly more at top edge/channel fold line.
- Sew and press the channel.
Step 5: Make the Bunny Ears.
- Place the Bunny Ears right sides of fabric together and pin to secure.
- Sew Bunny Ears together leaving the straight bottom edge open.
- Trim down the top pointed edge seam allowance to 3-5mm. This will help to create a good shape when you turn the ears the right way round.
- Turn the fabric right way round. Use scissors (closed) or something pointed to help push the Bunny Ears into a good shape.
- Press bunny ears flat.
- Fold in straight bottom edge 1cm and press.
- Topstitch 5mm or footswidth edge around Bunny Ears.
Step 6: Position and secure Bunny Ears on wrong side of the Drawstring bag fabric.
- Follow markers and line up the Bunny Ears on the inside of the bag. The Bunny Ears need to be attached to the inside of the back of the bag.
- Pin the Bunny Ears to secure for sewing
- Topstitch the Bunny Ears to the Drawstring Bag 5mm down from the channel sewing line.
Step 7: Sew side seams of Drawstring Bag using a 1cm seam allowance and then turn the Drawstring Bag the right way round.
Fold the bag so that the right sides of the fabric (front and back) are facing and sew side seams together. Begin your stitch from the sewing line of the channel opening (1mm across) and increase the stitch width to 1cm as you sew up to the fold line. Do not sew above the channel sewn line as this is the opening for your drawstring.
You may find it helpful to pin the sides together before sewing so they don’t move or displace during sewing.
If you have access to an overlocker, overlock the seams after sewing to avoid fraying.
Step 8: Insert the Drawstring tapes into the Channel and secure tape ends together.
Your drawstring bag needs to have 2 tapes so when you close or open the bag they work together to hold the bag in place. Each tie should enter channel on the front bag and exit the channel on the back bag on the same side. You will create 2 interlocking elongated C shapes.
To thread through, attach a safety pin to one side of the tape and feed it through the channel.
When both ties have been fed through, tie a knot or sew the ends together.
Step 9: Fill your Easter Bunny Drawstring Bag with sweet treats and Easter goodies!
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