This is an entry for The Crafted Eastertide Contest.
I was looking for this one bunny cookie cutter we have because I wanted to use it as a template for a basket I had in mind. (I may still make said basket.) But while searching through the cookie cutters we have, I found this upright rabbit that put me in mind of a chocolate bunny. I suddenly had a new basket in mind.
I scanned the cookie cutter and played with the scan so that I ended up with an outline. The cutter no only cuts out a shape, but imprints the dough with lines to define areas. In the case of the rabbit the arms, chest, leg/foot, and eye are defined. Once I had my outline I printed out a copy, larger than the original cookie cutter.
The shape of the cookie cutter became my template for cutting out the felt. The imprint lines of the cutter became templates for embroidery. The shape was cut with the ears on the fold of the felt, so that the ears became the handle for the basket. Once I had the felt cut out, the imprint lines were embroidered.
To reinforce the ears since the felt was so thin through there, I cut a piece of stiffened felt so that it fit within the ear, head, shoulder area of the bunny heads. I kept trimming it down so that the white didnt show in the brown/tan sandwich and it ended up being rather thin in the ear area as well. As an additional reinforcement, I slipped a single line of plastic canvas in there as well.
The basket itself is made of sandwiches of felt bread and plastic canvas filling. The outer pieces of felt were stitched directly to the canvas with some decorative stitches. The inner pieces of felt were clipped into place until it could be secured with the blanket stitching used to hold the piece together.
The bottom was stitched to the sides (using the blanket stitch) and then the side seam was secured. Blanket stitches were used along the top as an edging. Once the main basket was finished, the bunnies were added covering the side seam.
The bunnies were added by putting the tan layer inside of the main basket and the brown layer outside. The ear, head, shoulder sandwich was stitched first, and then the bodies were blanket stitched down to the basket.
I would change a couple things if I remade the basket. 1. Id use fewer strands of floss to define the arms, chest, leg/foot. And possible a color closer to the brown felt. (Im undecided about changing the color.) 2. Id like to change how I did the bunnies lining. The inside of the basket is a little messy looking. Im just not sure how I want to change the lining. Maybe Id only go to the top of the main basket with it in the future.
The basket is made using felt, plastic canvas, stiffened felt, embroidery floss, and pearl cotton.
The main basket is about 4 inches round and 4 inches deep. Total height (to the top of the ears) is about 9 inches.