make with the bunny ears headband
3 pipe cleaner stems
Pom pom (or cottonball)
Center the pipe cleaner stems at the top of the wooden stick. Next, wrap the 3 stems around the top of the stick. Glue the pom pom on top of the stick (over the stems). Arrange the whiskers and wear!
2- 11 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ pieces of canvas fabric
2- 26″ strands of cotton cording
Plastic sewing needle
Seam allowance: 1/2″
1. Paint your design on the outer portion of the 11 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ fabric pieces. Allow to dry completely.
2. To create the drawstring channel casing, fold both short sides of the canvas fabric down 1/4″, and then another 3/4″, and pin in place. Sew along the the entire length. Repeat for second canvas fabric piece.
3. Make 7 small pom poms (see how to make pom poms here) and attach an 8″ strand of yarn to each, knot the ends of the string together. Space out 3 pom poms on each side of the bag, with the pom poms toward the center of the bag (and knotted ends off the edge of the bag). Fold fabric over width-wise, with the right sides together, so that the pom poms are sandwiched in the middle, line up the fabric edges and pin in place. Starting below the drawstring casing, sew along the sides of bag. Repeat for the second side, then turn bag right side out.
5. Attach one end of the cotton cording through a plastic needle (or a large safety pin), and thread it through the drawstring casing on one side of the bag, and then back around the other side, so that you have both ends of the cotton rope on one side. Repeat with the other ribbon starting on the opposite side of the bag. Leave approximately 9″ of cording on each side, then tie the ends in a knot and cut off the excess.
I was inspired by this bag that was featured in J.Crew’s s/s 2017 fashion show. I don’t know if it’s an actual J.Crew bag since I don’t see it in their webshop, but I love the quirkiness of it, so I created my own version for kids. I think this would make a great alternative to Easter baskets stuffed with chocolates and some Easter eggs. It might not hold much for an Easter egg hunt, but it is definitely cute!
We filled last year’s baskets with a carrot surprise. Learn how to make one here.
Seam allowance: 1/4″
1. Cut out 4 pieces of tulle per bunny ear using the bunny ear template. With 4 pieces of tulle layered together, sew around the bunny ear leaving the bottom open. Turn right side out. Repeat for the second bunny ear.
2. Gently fold wire in half and insert into one ear, shaping the wire inside to conform to the shape of the bunny ear. Twist the wire at the bottom, and with a dab of glue on the center bottom portion of the tulle (the ear opening), pinch the bottom of the ear together.
3. Identify placement of each bunny ear on your headband, then twist the wire ends around the headband to secure on. Add a dab of glue to one end of the headband to attach the ribbon. Wrap entire length of the headband with your fabric strip/ribbon, continue to glue as needed until the entire headband is wrapped.
4. Using a wire cutter, cut at the base of the flower to take off the main stem, and then glue onto desired spot on the headband. Continue until you have enough flowers covering the top of the headband.
These are such sweet, whimsical bunny ears perfect for wearing this spring and Easter. I only made two because I didn’t think the older girls would want one, but they are begging for their own bunny ears headband. I think a cat version of this would be lovely too.
These Catimini dresses from Childrensalon are so wonderfully playful for spring; the pops of color and pattern are absolutely cheerful. I love how the pink of Soul’s dress looks like a flower, but upon closer inspection, you’ll see it’s a bird. Soul actually tried to claim both dresses for herself, but I had to remind her that she must share. When she first laid eyes on them, she exclaimed, “These are totally my style!” Oh that girl is such a little fashionista and she knows what she likes. Sometimes, she’ll ask me to pick her clothes out, but I get nervous because I almost always never pick what she has in mind, and then she gets mad that I didn’t pick what she was thinking. Thankfully, there was no fighting with these pretty Catimini dresses.
4. Wrap the pipe cleaner stem to the left around the top of the pencil almost twice around, and create a slightly larger zig zag (or M shape) with the remaining portion, and shape into the bunny’s ears.
5. Add two dabs of glue right under the ears, place the wiggly eyes on. Then, add a dad of glue between the eyes and on the back for the tail. Add on a small pom-pom for the nose and a larger pom-pom for the tail.
We were working on a video of True demonstrating how to make the bunny, but my camera wasn’t working right, so maybe we will have to figure out another way later this week. The girls had so much fun making lots of bunny toppers and they plan to pass them out to their friends for a little Easter gift. They currently obsessed with using pipe cleaners to make things, so I’m sure you’ll see plenty more shared in the next few weeks.
1. Make 5 pom poms (or however many you desire). I show you how to make pom poms here.
It’s really warming up over here and we have plans to get out and enjoy the sunshine this weekend, even if it’s in our own backyard. True is especially excited she will get to wear her pom pom hat out. There will be no need for sweaters, and all the sleeveless tops and dresses will be put to good use. Also, our feet will be getting plenty of sunshine since it’s sandal season too. I’m so excited to have the glorious California sun back because the cold was making me really lazy and wanting to stay in bed all day. I don’t know how the rest of you do it with those negative temperatures in the winter, I would never get anything done. Hope it’s warming up in your neck of the woods as well!