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A Handkerchief Bunny for Easter

Remember when hankies were made of fabric — for every day use, not just “for show” or for special occasions like weddings? When I discovered the handkerchief craft tutorials at Bumblebee Linens, it was an instant trip down Memory Lane…

handkerchief easter bunnyAs a small child, I learned to iron (a skill I seldom practice these days!) on Dad’s big cotton handkerchiefs. More interesting, however, were the hankie dolls and animals that my mother showed me how to make when I was confined to bed with chicken pox (or possibly mumps, one of those childhood illnesses, anyway) for what seemed like weeks…

The fabric origami-ish tutorials at Bumblebee Linens include instructions for a mouse, an angel and the cutest little Easter bunny you could ever imagine, all figures you can make from a rolled-up and folded piece of embroidered linen.

I distinctly remember making a handkerchief mouse from one of my father’s big plaid hankies, and feeling slightly outraged that he didn’t have any that were more appropriately mouse-coloured. There was a doll, too — just big enough to fit in the palm of my young hand — but I’ve long since forgotten how to make it, and haven’t yet found the instructions anywhere…

handkerchief bunny craft suppliesAt the moment, though, hankering for spring, I’m all about this handkerchief bunny —

All you need is a hanky (or a hanky-sized piece of lightweight fabric), a length of ribbon, a handful of cotton balls, and a needle and thread — but don’t worry about the needle and thread, if sewing’s not your thing or you want to create an Easter Bunny as a project with your kids, because that’s just to fasten on the little cotton-ball tail. (The instructions say to pin the tail on the rabbit, actually, but you might as well take a couple of quick in-and-out stitches with thread and not worry about having a stray pin falling out on the carpet — not that this is something that would ever have happened to us!)

Full instructions for making a handkerchief bunny — with step-by-step photographs — are at Bumblebeelinens.com Hankie Bunny tutorial.


6 comments… add one
  • kayellen 2009/04/11, 10:55 am

    Just stopped by to say hello to my Canadian friend:)
    Cute idea with the handkerchief.

    Happy Easter,

  • RachelB 2009/04/04, 2:15 pm

    You are incredibly creative. Thanks so much for this post.

  • Aimee 2009/03/20, 12:57 am

    These are so cute. We have a ‘boo-boo’ bunny in our freezer that looks just like this however, it has one of those square, plastic ice cube thingy’s in the tummy of the bunny.

  • Squawkfox 2009/03/11, 11:48 am

    This scores a “10” on the “cute meter.” Seriously cute.

  • Cashmere 2009/03/07, 9:29 am

    This is going to be fun to try out. Thanks for the instructions.

  • Melissa 2009/03/05, 8:23 am

    These are too cute! They remind me of a washcloth doll I played with as a baby and some washcloths bunnies my aunt and grandma used to make!

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