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Chocolate Bunny Basket by UrsulaPatch Chocolate Bunny Basket by UrsulaPatch
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 didn’t 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. I’d use fewer strands of floss to define the arms, chest, leg/foot. And possible a color closer to the brown felt. (I’m undecided about changing the color.) 2. I’d like to change how I did the bunnies’ lining. The inside of the basket is a little messy looking. I’m just not sure how I want to change the lining. Maybe I’d 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.
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
*GASP* That is so cool!!!! :D
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
:laughing:... Thanks Pup!
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the composition! :)
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
Thanks!
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Glori305 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
A cute idea, and the pattern creation is really interesting.
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
Thank you! :)
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adnileb Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooh...that would be awesome if they made easter egg baskets out of chocolate (i would eat those so fast!)

This looks really great and it's so creative!
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
Thank you!

But the handle would melt during the egg hunt if it was made out of real chocolate. ;) Or if you ate it before the egg hunt you wouldn’t have anything to collect your eggs with. :D
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adnileb Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha...I guess that would be a problem! XP
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Sheila2892 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
very nice, and you made a very beautiful collage of it too:heart:
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