Easter Bunny Bag

Bunny Bag

Boy Bunny Appliqué

Download Easter Bunny Bag Pattern Sheet – Important – make sure you print your pdf pattern sheet at ‘actual size’ or 100%


Background Fabric for Appliqué 6½″ x 7½″

Fat Quarter of fabric for bag and lining

Scraps of fabrics for appliqué

Wadding (Batting) 18″ x 9″

Black stranded embroidery thread for eyes, nose & whiskers

Part One – The Appliquéd Bunny

You may appliqué your bunny using your chosen method of appliqué. I have used fusible web and a small machine zig-zag stitch.

Trace the bunny shape and hearts from the pattern sheet on to your fusible web and iron on to chosen fabrics. You will not need the straps for the girl bunny. Iron bonded shapes into place on your background fabric and stitch in place.

Bunny Applique 1

Note you will have to reverse the shapes for the boy bunny’s straps.

Bunny Applique 2

I chose to stitch the boy bunny with a darker thread as I felt that as his body colour did not show up well against my background fabric his outline needed to be emphasised. I also continued the zig zag stitch around his lower face and crossed over legs (dotted line on pattern sheet) to show their outline.

To make the girl bunny dress

Cut a piece of fabric for dress 6″ x 2½″. Pink all edges.

Bunny Applique Dress

Use double thread and a small running stitch to gather top of dress. Pull gathers up tightly and secure.

Bunny Applique Dress

Sew dress to bunny’s body just below her head.

Easter Project

Embroider her face using two strands of black embroidery thread and running stitch for whiskers and eyebrows, satin stitch for nose and french knots for eyes.

To make the boy bunny shorts

Cut a piece of fabric for shorts 4½″ x 3½″. Pink all edges.

Turn under top and bottom edges (the long sides) by ¼″ and press. Sew lower edge with two rows of stitching. Cut  a slit ½″ in length at centre of lower edge as shown.

Bunny Applique Shorts

Turn and press slit under (as shown) and stitch in place.

Bunny Applique Shorts

Turn under side edges ¼″ and press. Press four small tucks in top of shorts to make the waist size required for bunny’s waist and stitch in place.

Bunny Applique Shorts

Sew shorts on to appliquéd bunny at waist, side seams and between legs. I use an invisible slip stitch. As an option you can sew on two tiny buttons as shown.

Bunny Applique Shorts

Embroider his face using two strands of black embroidery thread and running stitch for whiskers and eyebrows, satin stitch for nose and french knots for eyes.

To make the bag base

All seams are ¼″ unless stated otherwise.

Cut two pieces of fabric 6″ x 7½″ and sew to either side of appliquéd panel.

Boy Bunny

You will now need to mark your quilting lines on to these side panels. I have used cross hatching lines. I use a sharp pencil and my Omnigrid ruler. You will notice the ruler has a 45 degree line marked on it and you need to position that 45 degree line in line with the seam line as shown. It is running vertically down the seam line. This means that the edge of the ruler is now at 45 degrees and you need to draw your first pencil line along the ruler edge. You only need a fine pencil line that is just clear enough for you to see for quilting. I have then spaced further lines 2″ apart on either side of this first line in the same direction.

Preparing the quilting lines

To mark the quilting lines in the opposite direction I have placed my ruler at 90 degrees from the first lines as shown and drawn my first line. Then once again I have drawn further lines 2″ apart on either side.

Drawing more quilting lines

You now need to repeat this process on the other side panel using the 45 degree mark on your ruler once again as shown.

Drawing the quilting lines

Your quilting lines are all marked on the panels ready to sew.

Panel prepared for quilting

Cut the batting 20″ x 9″ and place behind the prepared fabric.

Batting behind panel

I use 505 temporary adhesive basting spray to hold this in place but you may pin if you prefer.

505 Spray

Cut a piece of fabric and batting 4½″ x 9″ for bag base. Draw your quilting lines on the fabric in the same manner as above and place your batting behind ready for quilting.

Bag Base

Bag Base with quilting lines

Quilt along the drawn quilting lines for both the bag and the base. I use a slightly longer stitch on my sewing machine and my walking foot on my sewing machine although the walking foot is not essential.

I have also quilted a small outline stitch by hand around my bunny.

Bunny Bag Quilted

Trim your quilted panel to size 17½″ x 7½″

Bunny Bag trimmed

Join centre back seam using a ½″ seam on this occasion. Press the seam open.

Bunny Bag back seam

Take the prepared quilted base fabric.

Bunny Bag bottom panel

Using the template from the pattern sheet cut out the base.

Bunny Bag Base Quilted and Cut

Place a pin on the half way mark of top/bottom and sides as shown.

Bunny Bag base pinned

Place pins at the half way marks of the bag in the same manner making sure the seam is at the centre back.

Bunny Bag Pinning

Attach the bag base to the bag right sides together matching the placement pins. Stitch the bag base to the bag.

Bunny Bag base pinned to bag

To make the lining cut the bag lining 17¼″ x 7¼″. Note this is slightly smaller than the outer bag size, but you will find it fits inside the bag better when attaching. Cut your lining base from the same fabric using the base template again.

Sew your bag and base together in exactly the same manner as you have made the bag.

Bunny Bag Lining

Pin your lining to the inside of the bag with centre back seams matching and enclosed between these two layers.

Bunny Bag top pinned

Secure in place with a running stitch ⅛″ from the edge.

Bunny Bag top stitched

Cut fabric for binding the top of the bag 17½″ x 2½″. Fold in half lengthwise and press.

Bunny Bag Binding

Sew to the top of the bag from the outside right sides together matching raw edges. To begin, fold edge over by ¼″ as shown.

Attaching the binding

Sew binding around the bag.

Sewing the binding to bag

Overlap at  the end as shown.

Binding overlap

Turn binding over the top of the bag and slip stitch folded edge to bag on the inside.

Finishing the binding

Cut fabric for handle 5″ x 11½″. Mark cross hatch quilting in the same manner as for bag base, place batting behind and quilt as before.

Bunny Bag handle fabric

Fold in half lengthwise and sew together with a ½″  seam.

Sewing the bag handle

Press seam open and sew across end of handle as shown with seam at centre. Trim corners and turn through.

Bag Handle finishing

To complete other end of handle turn inside ¼″ and slip stitch together.

Lay the bag out flat and place a pin at either end to mark the positions for the bag handle.

Bag handle placement

Attach the handle on either side of the bag matching the pins to the centre of the handles. Sew using a slip stitch. I use hand quilting thread for strength.

Attaching the bag handle

Finally, make a couple of small securing stitches at the bottom inside of the bag on either side to secure inside of lining to the bottom of the outer bag to prevent the lining from slipping away from the inside of the bag.

Your bag is now complete, waiting to be filled with Easter eggs.



  1. Love the bag…my granddaughter would love it…thanks so much

  2. clesclo2 says:
  3. thank you so much – I have used the applique bunny on 2 Easter t-shirts for my girls – they look so cute!

  4. cute cute, thank you!

  5. Tout juste pour aller pêcher les oeufs !

  6. What a fantastic tutorial, and How Cute Can You Get? Thank you very much for taking all the time to work this up and for sharing!

  7. Love this bunny appliqué . I have put a link to your tutorial on my blog.

  8. Absolutely gorgeous, definitely on my list of things to make
    Thank you

  9. Lista para presentar la bolsa.


  10. Merci pour ce beau sac

  11. Finished my bag! Made it a little larger. Was fun to do.Going to post on my blog later today.

  12. Cut out and ready to start sewing Thank you Lesley XX

  13. Que bella labor, muchas gracias!

  14. Muchas gracias !!!!

  15. I had no problems printing out the pattern. It is so cute, I have decided to make a cushion with both girl and boy bunnies on it. When it is finished I will send a photo – that’s if I can work out how to send it!!

  16. merci,
    j’en suis encore a l’appliqué des lapins, mais j’avance doucement, je réalise quatre lapins deux rose et deux vert,
    douce journée

  17. christine says:

    Thank your for this second part. Good day.

  18. Gracias !!!!

  19. How beautiful

  20. Muchas gracias. Thant you.

  21. Lesley Ivison says:

    Thank you

  22. Florecita says:

    Esta precioso!! me encanta!!

  23. Christine says:

    Thankyou for girl and boy bunny

  24. elisa jaimes de mèndez says:

    bellooo, besosss

  25. Thanks for the little boy bunny.

  26. I don’t seem to be having a problem with printing it out myself. If anyone else is having a problem please let me know. In the meantime Mae I have emailed you a copy of the pattern.

  27. Muchas gracias!!! Ya mismo comienzo con el trabajo.

  28. Mae Carroll says:

    Thank you for making the little boy bunny as I had suggested last week. BUT,,,,,when I try to print the pattern the only thing that prints are the two lines showing the size and none of the pattern. Am I doing something wrong or is there a glitz in the patttern?
    Thank you

  29. Thank you for these cute little bags….especially for coming up with little boy bunny, grandsons and daughters will be very happy!

  30. merci pour ce très joli tuto que je vais faire pour ma petite fille!
    à bientôt pour la suite!

  31. Liz McDonald says:

    Thank you. Pleased you have made boy bunnies too.
    Liz McDonald

  32. Gracias Lesley, feliz semana.

  33. thankyou Lesley this is so cute.xx

  34. merci,
    super l’idée du lapin garçon, car je dois réaliser deux garçon aussi,
    A plus K
    douce journée

  35. Thank you!
    Have a nice day!

  36. Dawn Caines says:

    getting ready to start 🙂

    Thank you. Go Go GO