Easter decorations, candy, and craft supplies have been everywhere for months and I’ve resisted the temptation to get caught up in the Spring-time hoopla very well. Hmm
‘Very’ is just so polarizing a word… Let’s go with ‘enough.’ I’ve resisted the temptation well enough because when Jeff brought home some Cadbury Creme Eggs sometime near Valentine’s Day, I had a moment of weakness.
Other than that one little slip up, I made a goal to resist the temptation to engage in anything Easter or Spring-like until we at least made it through St. Patrick’s Day. And I did it!
Almost. It is 6 pm (on St. Patrick’s Day) and I completed my first Spring 2014 craft. And I have another one nearly done. Perhaps that’s a camera crew from the show, “Intervention,” knocking at my door?
Click on “Read More” to start your own downward spiral into the “I can’t believe she’s already decorating for Spring while most people haven’t even had time to recover from their St. Patrick’s Day hangover” rabbit hole.
When I saw this adorable little paper cutie with a tulle tail dreamed up by Kim at 733blog, I knew I wanted to make something similar in fabric pronto!
Why the rush? Because I have been sitting on some adorable “Spring-like-Easter-ish” fabric forever! Okay, perhaps that’s a bit dramatic, but I do have a yard and a half of it that I got for a ridiculously good price and I’ve had it for some time.
Paired with some mint, a pale pink and a light gray, I’ve designed my 2014 Spring and Easter decorating palette around this “Keepsake Calico Fabric – White Multi Scallop Wood Cut” pattern.
The source for the fabric swatch photo is JoAnn’s website here.
Now, I know you might be thinking, “That doesn’t look like a Spring or Easter pattern, Sarah.”
Oh but wait, Grasshopper. Turn it on its side. Go ahead, no one’s watching – just tilt your head to the right.
How about that? Does it speak to you in soft, inviting, Spring-like whispers now? Well it did to me.
Elise (27 months) actually took a nap today! I know, color me shocked. After getting over that whammy, I was able to do some more spring cleaning and complete this simple piece.
Oooh, that reminds me of my big, Spring-Cleaning fest – and no, that’s not why I’m excited. Last Saturday, Jeff and Elise had a Daddy/Daughter Day with our great friends, Kris, Sidney and Simon. The group attended Quota International’s Western Days at Reber Ranch and I hope to get some pictures up soon. Elise had such a great time, and has been talking about the pony rides and her cowgirl hat non-stop! Here’s a teaser for the Grandmothers:
Inspired by Kim – and restricted from watching the next episode of House of Cards while hubby is away on a business trip – I came up with this cutie. Off topic, but have you seen that show?
OH MY GOODNESS. We are probably the only people still in Season One but we are hooked! This show is so wicked that I cannot wait to see what crafty, devious delight Kevin Spacey’s character will think of next. Anyway…
Fully utilizing my unfamiliar reprieve due to Elise’s nap, I got my supplies together to bring this bunny to life.
- a 12 inch by 12 inch piece of plywood (bought for $2.39 at JoAnn, but retail is $3.99)
- a 2 inch pom-pom (an 8 pack was $1.99 and you can use them for snow men in winter, pom pom sensory play, or other crafts)
- background fabric – you could get away with using a fat quarter here or use some fabric in your stash that measures 14-ish inches by 14-ish inches (mine was 14.5″ x 14.5″)
- bunny fabric – This was a good use for scrap fabric because the bunny I drew only measures 7.25 inches.
- spray adhesive, hot glue gun, scissors (I used pinking shears because I was lazy)
- Cut the fabric pieces and use spray adhesive to stick the bunny on the back ground fabric. I liked the look of pinking the edges because I thought it would give the bunny some texture. And because I’m lazy.
- Use spray adhesive to stick the background fabric to the plywood, making sure to line up your pattern exactly how you want.
- Clip the corners and use a hot glue gun to burn your fingers affix the fabric after you’ve wrapped the ends around the sides of the wood.
A few notes about this project:
- If you can sew, you might consider attaching the bunny by applique before adhering the background fabric to the board.
- Iron. It’s the crappiest part of working with fabric, but even if you pull the fabric as tight as you can, it will still look ten times better if ironed.
- For the tail, you could make an adorable tulle tail like Kim at 733blog, whip out a quick yarn pom-pom, or even use a cotton ball.
- If you don’t want this as a mantel or shelf piece, attach a piece of coordinating ribbon for a simple hanger.
- Here’s a free printable of the little guy I drew up if you’d like to use it (copyright terms here). Or, Google your heart out for some cute shapes. There’s a Peeps shape my sister would love, but they kind of freak me out, so I didn’t want to think of one every time I looked at our cute little friend here.