Thursday, 6 February 2014

paper pieced bunny

Before I begin, I'm still making my way through the GYB list, so please don't be offended if you've visited me and I haven't visited you back yet... it will happen eventually!  Also, if you've got word verification, please, please, please consider turning it off.  Oh, and if you reply to comments in your own comments, don't bother replying to mine.  I have enough on trying to read all the posts of the blogs I follow, let alone revisiting each post two or three times to see if the blogger has replied.  I'm sorry if you think that's rude, but I just don't have time.  OK, that's all, on with the post. 

When Kristy at Quiet Play put out a call for pattern testers with the mention of a bunny pattern, I practically bit her arm off.  Well OK, I didn't as she lives in Oz, but I would have done had she been in the vicinity.  She very graciously let me test the bunny, and didn't even try to foist an emu on me (not that I would have minded, it's a lovely emu).  

Before I began, I had to set up my sewing space.  I walk from my machine to the ironing board, the back to the other side of my machine to trim.  I was burning too many calories and even stuffing my face with chocolate as I sewed wasn't going to help.  So I pulled the ironing board over.



Simple.  Why have I never thought of that before?!?  For your viewing pleasure, he's a view of my creative chaos from the other side.



Kristy's patterns are top notch, there were no problems at all with the pattern.  A little bit of user error, but only what you've come to expect from me.  What's a paper piecing session without upside down, back to front or inside out pieces?




Hello little bunny!  This one isn't any of my rabbits.  I think the shape would be best suited to Ellis, but I thought it would be boring in white, so I used the Sketch I used on my appliqu├ęd Colin.


The background is from one of my Stash bundles from The Village Haberdashery.  I was saving them, but then gave myself a stern talking to.  I can't keep buying fabric and then saving it for nothing in particular!


In the spirit of not creating more WIPs (360 is enough for any girl), I made it into something straight away.


I added borders, a back, a zip and some lining and called it a project bag.  It's about 12" square and doesn't have a boxed bottom (because I forgot), but it will be suitable for embroidery projects.


I couldn't find a big enough piece of fabric for the lining, so I went with two pieces of fabric sewn together.  I thought the sewing print was quite apt.


This pattern, along with a whole lot more, is available in Kristy's Craftsy shop.  I highly recommend her patterns.

29 comments:

Pam @Threading My Way said...

I don't seem to have a problem with buying fabric and saving it for nothing in particular. He's such a cute little bunny and the zippered bag is a great idea!!!

liniecat said...

Not sure why Ive not visited you before now, must have missed a line in the GYB list but love your sense of humour - oh and the bunny bag is really cute too!

Kerryp77 said...

Love the zippered bag idea I'm too scared to try putting zips into anything. The rabbit is brilliant and it's not really 360 wips is it???!!!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Cute bunny...and a great finish!

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

I tested the bunny too. I just realized I still need to blog about it. Yours turned out so sweet.
Thanks for sharing.
~Mary Ann
http://littlehouseondairy.wordpress.com

Celtic Thistle said...

The Sketch is perfect for the bunny, he looks great!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Sweet bunny! So cute. :D And I'm with you 100% on the word-verification and replying to the comment itself - who has that kind of time?

Chrissie said...

What a lovely little bunny! A brilliant make, especially since you made a bag, and not a cushion, too typical! Great fabrics, too! Chrissie x

Sandra :) said...

Cute bunny - and an even cuter bag - I'm glad you didn't start another UFO, lol!

I couldn't take a picture of my creatively chaotic sewing room - while I know where everything is and made things easily accessible, my organization doesn't really lead to good photographic experiences, lol. It works for me, but looks like a hellhole :D

JoJo said...

You do such lovely sewing work! Hey I hear ya on 'not buying stuff you're not going to use'. I have tried to take that hard line with myself too and, sadly, am unsuccessful.

Farm Gate Creations said...

Such a gorgeous Bunny and so is your blog, I love your honesty and the fact that you mosaic as well.Now following.

Janine said...

Oh this rabbit is adorable! And word verification drives me mad too :)

CeLynn said...

Adorable little bunny! Love the project bag,super cute with the combo of two prints inside. Your chaos does not look bad at all,just like a busy crafty person creates there :)

Agree 100% about the verification and checking back on blogs where you have commented.

Kippy SoMature said...

simply adorable bunny! and a beautiful completion of the project!! thank you for popping by my blog -it is lovely to meet you too, Wendy :)
~Jennifer

Jane Galley said...

It looks lovely and beautifully finished as a project bag

dosierosie said...

He's very cute.
Gillx

ukcitycrafter said...

Yey a start and a finish! You've done a super job on your bunny bag.

ukcitycrafter@live.co.uk

Paula Hughes said...

Have you ever seen a pressing table made out of a tv tray...I want to make one of these so I can fit it by machine. I don't know why I didn't think to do that earlier either:)

Mokki said...

I came to your blog because I want to make something bunny related for a bunny loving friend and knew you'd have something. This is perfect! I'm going to go and check the pattern out.

Anneliese said...

Here is another crafty devil whom you visited on her blog leaving a lovely comment. Thank you so much. Your bunny ended up in a little pouch - not the worst idea -no, even the best one. And you did what patchers ought to do using all sorts of pieces from their stash. It is really the meaning of patchwork. Bravo, you!

Vera said...

I feel the same way about the replies on blogs directly. I don't seem to get it. Anyway your bunny is cool!

ipatchandquilt said...

Your bunny is SEW wonderful! I love how you used Sketch! I adore that line!
Esther
esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

Jacqui S. said...

I love, love, love the bunny. how pretty for easter.

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

I love how your bunny turned out! And for the sake of my arm, I'm glad he was available for testing for you :P

Great craftroom set up too!

Jules Woolford said...

Loving the variety of projects you do - and do so well! The bunny is just fab.

Lorna McMahon said...

Another sweet bunny! Love the sketch print - it's perfect! And goes so great with those blue fabrics you had been saving. Quite clever to make it into a pouch!

Jessica Hadden said...

Cute! And its done! How sweet is that?!

Margaret said...

And a very handsome bunny it is too! It's so satisfying to use fabric you love and then have a useful item at the same time!

Sherry said...

I was visiting and noticed this paper pieced bunny which led me to notice Kristy's kitchen stitch along. I am joining in so I hope to give it a try today. I do enjoy looking at all of your great projects.