Some bunny told us the easiest way to make a splash at the annual Easter egg hunt is with Cynthia Frenette’s cut-and-sew Bunny Treat Bag project! The adorable fat quarter project featuring Petal Signature Cotton™ is approved for all ages and can even double as festive table decor during your Easter brunch.
How to Make an Easter Bunny Treat Bag
DIY Easter Bunny Bag Materials
- 1 Petal Signature Cotton fat quarter featuring Bunny Bag Cut-and-Sew Project
- Sewing machine
- Fabric scissors and/or rotary cutter and mat
- Hand-sewing needle
- Coordinating thread
- 2 18″ lengths of 1/8″ ribbon or thin cording for drawstrings
- 1 pom pom, 1-2″ size, store bought or handmade
- Glue gun or tacky white glue
- And most importantly, Easter treats to fill the bags!
All seam allowances are ¼“.
Prep Your Pattern Pieces
1. Cut out all of the project pieces from your fat quarter of fabric along the edges of each shape: Front, Back, Lining, and Ears. I’ve also included optional gift tags that you can sew to the bottom of the bag after writing your Easter message with a washable pen.
Create the Bunny Ears
2. Place one Ear Outside piece and one Ear Inside piece right sides together aligning all raw edges and stitch, leaving bottom straight edge open. Trim the seam and clip the curves, then turn right side out and press. Repeat for the second ear.
Assemble the Bag Body
3. Fold the Outer Back (floral) panel in half to find the centre, then place each ear on either side of the centre mark, inside ear (pink) side facing up and open raw edges aligned with top of the panel.
4. Place one lining piece right sides together with ears/outer back panel and stitch across through all layers.
5. Press seam open, with ears facing outside panel. Set aside.
6. Align the top raw edges of the Front panel (Bunny face) and remaining Lining piece and stitch. Press the seam open.
Assemble the Bag
7. Place both panels you just made right sides together, aligning seams and matching the lining pieces together and the front and back pieces together. On the outside front/back only, on both sides, measure and mark 1/2″ from the centre seam, and then 1-1/4″ from the centre seam. This will become the drawstring casing openings.
8. Along bottom edge of lining pieces only, measure and mark 2″ in from each outer edge. This will be the opening you will turn the bag right sides out through.
9. Taking care to not stitch over the ear pieces, stitch around the edge of your bag, making sure to not stitch over any of the openings you marked in steps seven and eight.
Pro tip: Press this seam open—don’t skip this step, it makes the drawstring insertion much easier!
Box the Corners of the Bag
11. On one corner of the bag, open and arrange the fabric to box the corner. Measure and mark a line at 1″, taking care to align seams together, then stitch along the line and trim the excess fabric/corner seam to 1/4″. Take care to not catch the ear pieces in the seams. Repeat on the remaining three corners.
Turn the Bag Right Side Out
12. Turn the bag out through the opening in the lining. Sew the opening closed by hand or machine. Turn the lining to the inside of the bag and smooth out so the top edge seam is neat, and press.
Create the Drawstring Casing
13. Measure and mark a 1/2″ line from top edge of the bag, all the way around, using a disappearing fabric pen or Hera marker (or you can use the seam allowance markings on your machine). Make a second mark and line at 1″ from the top of the bag, all the way around. Starting at one side seam, stitch all the way around at the 1/2″ marking you made, to where you started and backstitch. Next, sew a second line of stitching all the way around along the 1″ marking.
Insert the Drawstrings
14. With a small safety pin, thread one length of ribbon through one of the casing openings at the side seam all the way around and back out the same opening. Tie the ends together. Repeat on the opposite side casing opening of the bag.
Attach the Tail
15. Add the pom pom tail on the back of the bag with a glue gun, craft glue or a few hand stitches.
Attach the Gift Tag (optional)
16. To add the optional gift tag, press under 1/4″ on each edge, then hand stitch to the bottom of the bag.
Fill with sweet Easter treats and you’re done!
About the Guest Author
Cynthia is a Canadian licensed illustrator and designer, living and working in beautiful British Columbia with her husband and two dogs. She’s inspired by flowers, shoes, tattoos, vintage fabrics, mid-century design, tiki culture, well-established English gardens, juicy squishy paint, nature, the beach, old movies, typography, cool packaging (particularly candy!) and beautiful textiles and handmade things. You can find her on Instagram @cynthiafrenette, on Facebook at CynthiaF.Artist and get a closer look at her portfolio at cynthiafrenette.com