Add some color and cuteness to your decor with this Spring Bunnies in Love pillow! I’ve made up two versions – the newest is the one above made up in Vintage Keepsakes fabric!
I’m having a blast sewing up all these Spring projects this week! The house is looking so bright and cheery! I couldn’t resist another project with the Bunnies and Blooms line of fabrics and I love how it looks in this pretty pillow.
I used the same pattern design as my Bunnies in Love dishtowel – instead of the bunnies being the prints though I made them from a pretty wool felt and used the prints as a colorful background. I had to keep the fluffy pom pom tails though – they looked too cute.
I decided to give my new Cricut Maker a go at cutting out the materials for the pillow – just to see how well it would well it would handle the felt. I already knew it could do the detailed cuts on cotton fabric but I wasn’t sure how well it would do with the felt – especially those little hearts. But it was awesome!!
I’ve also made this up without the Cricut – cutting everything out with a rotary cutter and scissors. Both worked great!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own pillow!
- Cricut Maker and Fabric Mat
- 11″ x 9″ piece of white wool felt
- 9 fabric strips – I used the Bunnies and Blooms line from Riley Blake
- 1/2 yard for back of pillow
- 16″ x 16″ pillow form
- Coordinating embroidery floss
- 16″ x 16″ piece of thin cotton batting or fleece
- Coordinating yarn for pom poms
- If you don’t have a Maker, click here for the Printable pattern to cut out yourself. If you have a Maker, follow the instructions below to download and use the image in Design Space.
In order to make this in the Cricut Design space you will need to download the file here and save it to your computer. (Downloads are for personal use only.) If you are cutting out the design you’ll need to enlarge it just a bit. The design should measure almost 7 1/2″ x 10″ when printed out.
To upload the image into Design Space, login in then select New project. Over on the left side choose Upload . It will take you to the page where you can choose Upload Image. Choose your file from your computer and it will save it into your My Projects section.
Once you upload the image you’ll need to size it to 7.3″ wide by 9.684″. Click the image once it’s in the design canvas and you will see the measurements up above the canvas. Enter 7.3 into the width and it should adjust the height. As long as it’s close to that it will be great, the bunnies don’t have to be exactly that size – you just want them to fill most of the space on the pillow front. Center the image over where you’ll place your felt on the mat. I recommend saving your project at this point.
Once I’d uploaded my image and saved my project, I did everything through the Cricut Design Space App – it makes it sooo easy since it connects to the machine through Bluetooth.
Place the piece of felt on the fabric cutting mat and make sure it’s nice and smooth.
Load the file in the Design Space app and cut out with the rotary blade. When I selected felt as my fabric, it recommended I use the knife blade. I changed that to the Rotary blade in the app and also changed it to the “more” pressure cut, just to be safe.
Cut out the bunnies with the machine. Let me tell you – remove the extra felt around the bunnies and watch them stay on the mat, perfectly cut out, is pretty delicious.
Carefully remove them from the felt. Make sure you don’t stretch out the felt as you do. Lay those aside and cut out your fabric strips.
You can use a rotary cutter and mat, or you can use the Maker to cut them out. The strips are 2 1/4″ x 16″ and you’ll need 9 strips. It’s simple to set up the rectangles in the Design Space app and place them where your fabric strips (slightly larger than the cut size) are on the mat. You’ll need the 12″ x 24″ mat for these.
Cut out the strips and remove them carefully as well.
Cutting fabric out by hand instructions
You can follow the steps above and just cut everything out by hand too!
Cut 9 strips 2 1/4″ x 16″ with a rotary cutter and mat. You can also use fusible webbing for the bunnies if you’d like! Iron fusible webbing to one side of the wool felt blend and then iron the bunnies in place on the pieced fabric before sewing on.
Once your strips are cut, sew them together along the long sides. Press the seams towards the bottom of the panel.
Lay your felt bunnies and hearts on the panel and pin in place. Now a lot of the time I’m using felt and fabric, I put a fusible adhesive on the back of the felt. That would work here as well, but sometimes when you’re ironing felt over fabric with seams, the “bumps” of the seams can be seen, even through the felt. This way the felt isn’t ironed on and you will have a smooth look to the bunnies.
Sew around all the felt pieces, about 1/8″ from the outer edges.
Place the pillow front on top of the batting piece and pin in place. Stitch around the felt shapes with 3 strands of a coordinating color of embroidery floss. Use a running stitch to help quilt the design.
Create 1″ pom poms out of the coordinating yarn and sew them in place on the bottom of the bunnies.
Now your pillow front is all set!
Cut the back of the pillow fabric into two pieces – 16″ x 12″ and hem the top of one piece and the bottom of the other piece. Overlap the pieces to form a 16″ square, so the fabric piece on top is the one that has the bottom edge hemmed. Place the pillow front right sides together with the back and pin. Sew around all four sides of the pillow and clip the corners. Turn the cover right side out and press, then place in the pillow form.
So cute right?!
You can view the video tutorial I filmed Live with Missouri Star here!
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