So I didn’t plan on writing this post, I’m the mum who literally got the text from Amelia’s nursery asking me if we had ‘Our easter bonnet ready for this Friday.’ Of course, I haven’t because I didn’t even know we needed one! Yesterday we spent the day creating our bonnet. If you are indeed in the situation where you are needing to create an Easter bonnet for your child’s school I hope you enjoy this post.
I’ve never made an Easter bonnet before and I wanted to make it into a mother and daughter activity where we could both get involved. My job was using the sewing machine and using the hot glue gun apart from that Amelia took the handle. With some help from Pinterest for ideas and a basic Textiles GCSE, I opted for this bunny eared bonnet as Amelia is obsessed with Rabbits at the moment.
Materials we used:
- A fabric of your choosing
- Hot Glue Gun
- Easter Bonnet
- Sewing Machine
- Decorations (we used Rabbits, carrots and daisies.)
- Teddy Bear Stuffing
- Fabric Markers (or sharpie)
- We started by using the hot glue gun and sticking on the decorations one at a time, we kept hold of them for about 10 seconds each to make sure that they definitely stuck. (Hot glue guns can get very very hot so be careful when using one with children. I recommend you putting the glue on and letting the child stick it on like I did.)
- Leave a space for the ears at the front when decorating and make sure you cover as much or as little of the rest of the hat as you want.
- Next, we moved onto making the bunny ears, we folded our fabric in half so the pattern is on the inside.
- On the outside I got Amelia to use a fabric marker (or sharpie) to draw a bunny-ear shape.
- Next, you need to pin through both sides of the folded fabric and cut the shape out. Then draw around the first one and repeat the steps.
- You should be left with two bunny ear shapes. Make sure that you have pattern side facing pattern side so when you turn it inside out you will have the correct side showing.
- Next, use the sewing machine to sew running stitch 1cm from the edge along the pins taking them out as you go along. Make sure you leave a gap at the bottom of the ear so you can turn it right side out.
- After you have finished sewing, turn the ears the right way around by pulling the fabric through the gap you left earlier.
- Let your child stuff the ears with teddy bear stuffing.
- Once stuffed, fold in the fabric at the bottom and sew up the hole you made.
- You can now use the hot glue gun to stick the ears to the base of your hat in the space you left earlier, glue up the back of the ears and stick to the side of the hat in order to prevent the ears from flopping down.
- You have now successfully created, a bunny-eared Easter bonnet which is not only cute but unique!
I also contributed some advice for TheReelanna on Perfectionism, you can read my advice and other’s bloggers here.