I was originally going to share my mug mat of the month today, but it's not quite finished (it's going to be a good one though!), so I decided on something to celebrate the season and liven up your Easter table. These bunnies and carrots are made by folding a napkin you make yourself, so that all the colors are in the right places. This is a really easy project, so if you're teaching kidlets to sew, turn them loose on these.
We'll start with the carrot. All you'll need for this one is a piece of orange and a piece of green cotton fabric, something to tie the top, and this pattern for the corners. I used baker's twine, but ribbon, yarn, or jute would work too.
Cut the orange fabric into two 12" squares. Use the pattern to cut four green triangles.
Line up the dotted line with one corner of the orange square.
Cut off the corner at the edge of the pattern.
Lay the green rectangle on the cut corners with right sides together and the edges lined up. Stitch with a 1/4" seam.
Press the seams toward the corners.
Lay the two squares with right sides together and green corners matching. Stitch around with a 1/4" seam, leaving about 2" open on one orange side for turning. Clip corners and turn right side out. Press, turning in opening.
Stitch around the outside, close to the edge. Stitch again 1/2" from the edge. It's tempting to leave off that second row, but it does add some body to the napkin.
Is my napkin completely square? Nope. Is it still going to make a perfectly good carrot. Yep!
Now to fold it into a carrot. Lay it out with the green corners at the top and bottom. Fold the two side corners into the center.
Fold the two sides into the center.
Fold in half lengthwise.
Fold in half the other direction.
Wrap about 15" of string around about where the seam is.
Pull the string tight and tie. Fluff the greenery.
And you have a carrot!
The bunny is made the same way, only it's even easier. Make one side from pink fabric and the other brown, grey or white. Skip all of the corner cutting and sewing.
Fold in the same way as the carrot, starting with the pink side up. Once you've tied it, open out the center of the body and fluff the ears.
And that's so he can hold an Easter egg! These are larger plastic eggs, but you can adjust where you place the tie if your eggs are smaller.
Good luck getting your guests to actually unfold these and wipe their messy hands on them.
I don't think I can!