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Thursday, March 22, 2012

It's a month of runners and look at what Linda has us hopping about ..A " Wabbit Wunner"!

Hi! I'm Linda from Buzzing and Bumbling here to show you a little runner you can make for the children to enjoy on a spring morning or maybe just while enjoying a healthy snack! This is an easy one to make and can be any size and color you want.
Mine finished out (after quilting) at 38" x 12 1/2".
 (Come visit me at Buzzing and Bumbling today for more ideas for using ribbon in unusual ways in your sewing and quilting!)

Here is how you can make the runner above.
Start by cutting 2 pieces each 14" by the width of the fabric. Remove the selvages and on one piece cut a 6" strip from each end. 
Make 3 loops of ribbon to be the tops of the carrots.
Space them evenly along the edge of each 6" strip. Baste in place.
Place the center of the runner top (the portion left after cutting 6" from each side) right sides together with each 6" strip. Sew the 6" strips back on, but catch the ends of the ribbon loops in the seams.
Press the seams toward the ends of the runner so the "carrot tops" point toward the center.
Make carrot appliques to either iron or sew on under the ribbon loops. Mine are 4 1/2" long and 1 3/4" wide, but carrots come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Think an elongated raindrop shape. (YOU CAN DO IT! You don't need a pattern for this.) Line the carrots with batting and applique to your runner. (Either by hand or machine.)
Now make a bunny shape. This is not hard either. Mine is 6" wide and 5 1/2" long. You don't have to use the shape I did. You can use a rectangle, or an oval. Or let your kids draw one for you! (I use an easy (but not common) freezer paper method that you can find a tutorial for  here. ) I also line the faces with batting. You will need 2 faces.
You are also going to need ears. Think large leaf shapes. (Here I'm testing the size by placing my pattern on the bunny face. You will be making 4 ears. (These are not appliques.) Cut out 4 pink ears and 4 ears from your bunny fabric.
For each ear, place a pink piece right sides together with the other fabric piece. Sew around both sides, leaving the bottom open for turning. Turn right sides out and press.
Pinch the bottom of the ear over so that the fold gives a more natural shape. Sew this pleat in place and when you applique the face on, slip the ears in place so that they are sewn on with it. Leave the top of the ears floppy.
Applique above the carrots.
Add features. I used a pom pom for a nose, embroidery for details, and acrylic paint for eyes and teeth (outlined with embroidery). Press well and place on a piece of batting. I found it easier to make a "zig-zag" stitch around the edges of the batting and top to hold them together. Trim the second strip that you cut so that it is the same length as the finished runner top. Place this right sides together with the runner. Sew around the edges, leaving an opening for turning. Turn, press, and sew the opening closed. Quilt your runner. 

 Thank you, Madame Samm, for inviting me here today! When you said you were going to focus on runners this month I was afraid you were talking about exercise!

41 comments:

  1. This is sew cute. I love how you did the carrots and green stems. Thank you so much for sharing. Blissful Inspirations...

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  2. Cute - could even be just the bunny with a carrot on the side for a sweet little placemat. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. I love all those original touches and the fabric choices are yummy!

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  4. Oh, I have those purple dots! They don't look like that in my stash!

    Glen

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  5. Very cute! ! ! I love your runner.

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  6. How cute is that! Linda I love the bunny - and I need to make a spring table runner for my daughter. blessings, marlene

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  7. Awesome. I love bunnies. I have one at home I rescued from a park.

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  8. Just in time for my Easter table. I know what I'm planning to do this weekend!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Very clever use of ribbons for the carrot tops! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Good Morning Linda..I just had to hop over here and tell you how much I adore this...you are just jumping into my heart this season...yes you are lol

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  11. Super cute runner. I love how you've added those ribbons.
    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

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  12. Too cute! I'm going to end up with 40+ runners after this month of runners! What could be better?! What a great hostess gift for Easter! Thanks for sharing! Love it!!

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  13. I really like the added dimension on your runner....very festive.

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  14. Just wonderful, Linda - love your use of ribbons - so much cuteness. Judy C

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  15. Thanks for sharing this, Linda. Love the 3D on the runner!

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  16. What a cute runner! Love the carrots!

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  17. Sew sweet! and you make it look do-able for a rookie like me! Thanks.

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  18. I live the appliqued carrots.

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  19. How creative and so darn cute! Thanks so much!

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  20. That is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial. I will have to try this out. Happy (hoppy) Spring Linda.

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  21. Such a cute runner. My kids would love this on the table during Easter. I could say twin bunnies just like you two!

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  22. one of my favorite things about this runner is the ribbons. Sew cute!!

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  23. Love your runner. The way you used the ribbon was a great idea. I think I just may have to try this.

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  24. Hi Linda thanks so much for this cute table runner. My grandkids would love this sitting on their table so I think I might give it a try. I will post to you if I get one done...thanks again..

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  25. So cute - love the carrots with the ribbon tops, very clever!

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  26. So cute! Thank goodness Madame Samm meant this sort of runner!!

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  27. Those bunny ears are SO clever! I know how hard tutorials are to do and yours is very clear and understandable!

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  28. The bunny is sew adorable!! thank you for the tutorial!!

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  29. Too cute! Great tutorial and this goes on the list to make for my grandson.

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  30. Linda, this is adorable! My daughter asked me to make her a runner for Easter and I was going to wimp out and just buy some Easter-themed fabric and quilt it - but this is darling and I know my grandson and daughter will love it! Thanks so much! xo, Nan

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  31. That's a great runner for Easter. I love the use of ribbon on the carrots.

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  32. OH this is adorable and the grand kids would love it......thanks so much for sharing..

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