Sunday, April 11, 2021

Bunny Bags--First Finish 2nd Quarter 2021

Fabrics for the project
I saw a cute Bunny bag in a We All Sew newsletter. I clicked the link and reviewed the tutorial. It was a few days before Easter. I decided that I would add this project to my second quarter goals as well as my April monthly goals. The bag tutorial seemed straight forward and small enough to utilize scraps.

I printed the pattern and chose some fabrics from my scrap drawers. The cream was a fabric I picked up from the free table long ago. I think the fabric was a table cloth. I used a lot of it in a scrap project I called, "Ripples," years ago. 

That cream looked like a bunny color to me.  The scrap, unfortunately, was two main  pieces plus an eighth of an inch too small for a third bag piece to cut out all of the main bag pieces.

Ears in place attaching the ribbon channel
I  split the difference of the 1/8 inch seam allowance to be able to cut the fourth piece of the body of the bag. I scrounged around in the neutral scrap drawer and found a lining fabric to cut the last two pieces of lining.

I began the sewing process, stitching the ears first. The directions didn't include topstitching the ears; but, I did. When the bag and the lining are the same fabric, it doesn't matter which side the ears are placed. When the lining is different from the bag, I learned it does matter. I needed to place the contrasting ears face down on the lining.

Finished bags

I added the ribbon channel. Rather than embroider the faces, I used a micron pen and drew them. Purposely, I drew the faces differently. Then I stitched the bags together. I did finish the seam with a zig zag stitch. I turned the bags right sides out and pressed them. I added the ribbon handles. In my stash, I have a gallon plastic zip lock bag full of various lengths and widths of a variety of colors of ribbon. Unfortunately, I didn't have one length of ribbon that would work for both handles. So, I used two different colors of ribbons instead. I actually like the two colored handled ribbons better!

A greeting card, a small bag of candy, a little money and a card game went into the bags which were gifted to my granddaughters. If I were to make the bags again, I would add a little interfacing to the ears so that they stood upright. I still think it is a cute pattern! My granddaughters enjoyed opening their bunny bags and approved of my fabric choices!

This is my first finish for the quarter. It is goal number 12 on my 2nd quarter list and goal number one on my April goal list. I used 1/4 of a yard of scraps from my stash which brings the total amount of yardage I've used this year from my stash to 8 yards.

I'm linking up to Oh Scrap/Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework.

Regarding COVID:

Worldwide: 135M cases; 2.92M deaths

United States: 31.2M cases; 561K deaths

Oregon: 170K cases; 2,451 deaths

Cases worldwide continue to rise; vaccinations continue to rise. Deaths are also increasing. Media reports that the increase in cases is in the 20-29 age group. In spite of relaxing restrictions over the last couple of months, many countries are again reinstating the restrictions. That is the case in the United States and in Oregon.

Friday, the Oregon governor reduced business capacity from 50% to 25% occupancy. She also stated that even though most of the population will be eligible for vaccinations on the 19th, the number of available vaccines will be dropping. I'm still working to get an appointment for my friend. 


LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your bunny bags are adorable! Something any little person would love! It's always interesting to figure out what you would do differently next time after trying something for the first time. said...

Thank you, Diann! Yes, that first one of anything has its own learning curve! I was excited that the bags were so well received.

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Cute, cute bunny bags!! What a great gift idea for you grandchildren!

Vicki in MN said...

OMG I bet your granddaughters absolutely loved the bunny bags, so sweet!! said...

Nancy, the bags were easy to make and they were a hit! said...

Vicki, yes, the bunny bags were loved! There was a lot of discussion about the fabrics. . .the purple ears were liked because of the texture and the stars were liked because the bunny is the star of basket delivery! (At least that was the story that I was told!)