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Make an Adorable Bunny Costume for Easter or Halloween

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Make Your Own Bunny Costume and Save Money!

Who needs to spend too much money on a generic, boring bunny costume that is probably uncomfortable, hot, and itchy to boot? Make your own rabbit costume quickly and easily, and delight the little Easter Bunny in your life! (She can even help with some parts!)

White Shirt, White Pants: That's the Base of Your Costume. If the Weather is Still Cool, Make it Sweats.

White shirt, white pants: That's the base of your costume. If the weather is still cool, make it sweats.

White shirt, white pants: That's the base of your costume. If the weather is still cool, make it sweats.

Easter Bunny Costume Supplies: Craft Pom-Poms and Felt Sheets for Your Bunny Costume.

A Sheet of Pink Felt, a Giant Pom-Pom, and Bunny Ears Will Complete the Costume.

A sheet of pink felt, a giant pom-pom, and bunny ears will complete the costume.

A sheet of pink felt, a giant pom-pom, and bunny ears will complete the costume.

Find a Plate (or Other Round Object) That Fits the Size of Your Bunny-to-Be's Tummy.

Find a plate (or other round object) that fits the size of your bunny-to-be's tummy.

Find a plate (or other round object) that fits the size of your bunny-to-be's tummy.

Use the Plate as a Template to Trace and Cut a Circle From the Pink Felt.

Use the plate as a template to trace and cut a circle from the pink felt.

Use the plate as a template to trace and cut a circle from the pink felt.

Embroidery Thread in a Slightly Darker Pink is an Attractive Way to Finish the Tummy.

Embroidery thread in a slightly darker pink is an attractive way to finish the tummy.

Embroidery thread in a slightly darker pink is an attractive way to finish the tummy.

Attaching the Easter Bunny Costume Tummy

The pink tummy is what makes the bunny costume!

The cut edge of felt won't fray, which is why we use it for this costume: No need for a finished edge!

I used a blanket stitch, which makes a pretty outline pattern around the pink tummy circle and is very quick and easy to do (see steps below). However, if you want something even simpler, do a simple running stitch (in-out-in-out) around the edge of the tummy circle.

A darker shade of pink complements the pink circle nicely with a pretty stitch like the blanket stitch, but if you use a running stitch it will look nicer to match the color of the pink felt more closely so that it will be less visible.

A third and even simpler way to attach the felt tummy is with fabric glue.

Tummy-Attaching Supplies: Attach the Tummy With Fabric Glue or Embroidery Thread.

Blanket Stitch, Steps 1 & 2: Bring Thread Out at Edge of Circle. Go Back in a Quarter-Inch From the Edge.

Blanket Stitch, steps 1 & 2: Bring thread out at edge of circle. Go back in a quarter-inch from the edge.

Blanket Stitch, steps 1 & 2: Bring thread out at edge of circle. Go back in a quarter-inch from the edge.

Blanket Stitch: Steps 1 & 2

Attaching the bunny costume tummy with a blanket stitch.

See picture above.

First pin the circle to the shirt on the tummy area. Don't pin the back side to the front!

1. Start from inside the T-shirt. Bring the thread out just at the edge of the circle, not catching the material of the circle.

2. Move the needle slightly to the left, and into the circle about 1/8", and insert the needle. Do not pull the thread tight yet (and don't catch the back side of the shirt with your thread, either)!

Steps 3 & 4: Bring Thread Out at the Edge Again and Catch it Inside the Loop Before Pulling it Tight.

Steps 3 & 4: Bring thread out at the edge again and catch it inside the loop before pulling it tight.

Steps 3 & 4: Bring thread out at the edge again and catch it inside the loop before pulling it tight.

Steps 3 & 4 of the Blanket Stitch

See picture above.

3. Bring the thread back out, again at the edge of the circle, without catching the circle material but in line with your last stitch going into the circle.

4. Since you did not pull the previous stitch tight, there is a big loop of thread. Make sure the needle comes out in the middle of this loop. Now pull the stitch tight.

Step 5 for Blanket Stitch: Continue Around Edge.

Step 5 for blanket stitch: Continue around edge.

Step 5 for blanket stitch: Continue around edge.

If You Run Out of Thread, Go Back in Where You Just Came Out, and Knot Underneath. Start the New Thread in the Same Spot.

If you run out of thread, go back in where you just came out, and knot underneath. Start the new thread in the same spot.

If you run out of thread, go back in where you just came out, and knot underneath. Start the new thread in the same spot.

Blanket Stitch: Final Step

See picture above.

5. As you pull the thread tight, the loop you left in the previous stitch will form an angle. As you continue around the edge of the circle, you will be outlining it in stitches.

The Whole Thing Takes About Ten Minutes, and You Have a Pretty, Finished Bunny Tummy!

The whole thing takes about ten minutes, and you have a pretty, finished bunny tummy!

The whole thing takes about ten minutes, and you have a pretty, finished bunny tummy!

Sew the Pom-Pom Tightly. Put the Thread Back in Right Where it Came out, so it won't Criss-Cross and Flatten the Fluff.

Sew the pom-pom tightly. Put the thread back in right where it came out, so it won't criss-cross and flatten the fluff.

Sew the pom-pom tightly. Put the thread back in right where it came out, so it won't criss-cross and flatten the fluff.

Finished Bunny Costume!

Finished bunny costume!

Finished bunny costume!

Bunny Ears: Can't We Make Our Own Bunny Ears Too?

Yes, you can. But, quite frankly, it is a lot of work for a result that won't look as nice as a $2 pair of ears. It involves a headband, cutting up a coat hanger, probably a little swearing, and lots of fabric glue or maybe even real sewing!

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Easter Basket

Prettier Easter baskets . . . for less money!

Frugalicious Tip: Instead of a cheap basket that you'll throw away, get a nice basket. After Easter, hit a second-hand store and find one that's barely used for pennies! Next, go to the craft store and find some nice, crinkly, paper grass—not that nasty plastic stuff! Find a color that complements your new basket.

Now, when Easter is over—the candy eaten and the toys broken—get a giant plastic-zippered baggie, put all the paper grass into the baggie, and store it inside the basket until next year! The crinkly-cut paper grass weaves together so it is simple to lift it out as a single unit and stuff into the baggie.

Kids' Face Painting Supplies

Here Comes Peter Cottontail: This Is an Hysterical and Hysterically Bad Rendition of Peter Cottontail, by a Bunch of Plastic Easter Egg Marionettes!

All photos copyright © tandemonimom. All rights reserved.

Comments

anonymous on April 04, 2012:

Excellent idea! I have everything I need for this costunme at home so this will save me some money! :-)

KimGiancaterino on April 12, 2011:

Adorable! I have a bunny costume myself. I used to dress up for holidays when I taught aerobics.

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on April 10, 2011:

Not only adorable but simple to make as well. What child wouldn't want the change to be a bunny?

Blessed by a SquidAngel!

MargoPArrowsmith on April 10, 2011:

So sweet

ColorPetGifts on April 10, 2011:

Very nice, squid angel blessed and lensrolled -:)

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on April 04, 2011:

Great idea. She is a lovely model for this too.

Craftyville on April 01, 2011:

So very cute, blessed.

emmaklarkins on March 23, 2011:

Terrific info! I've lensrolled this to my "Bunny Costumes For Women" lens!

Philippians468 on March 17, 2011:

you have a lovely daughter! and i love everything DIY! cheers

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on October 01, 2010:

Adorable and precious indeed!!!

Jimmie Quick from Memphis, TN, USA on September 10, 2010:

A great costume and an adorable model.

Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on March 05, 2010:

So simple and so sweet! Congratulations on the purple star.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on March 05, 2010:

This is great instructions for making an Adorable Easter Bunny Outfit and what a precious model you have. Lensrolled to Easter Event in Pendleton SC and please add to the plexo there if you would like. I think I could even make this so Thank you for such wonderful directions.

Joan4 on February 28, 2010:

adorable Easter bunny costume!

anonymous on October 18, 2009:

What a cute costume! I'll go with it for this halloween! Bigger version!

anonymous on October 15, 2009:

You saved me, I needed a costume for tomorrow, for my son's school, and a brown rabbit is a great idea for a boy, specially one so easy and when I have everything at home, I'll make the ears :)

julieannbrady on September 12, 2009:

You know my dear -- yes I am going with that sexy cat costume although I do still have some great other costumes in my closet. And, I'm seriously thinking it is gonna be a bunny -- a sexy bunny next!!!

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on August 24, 2009:

That is so cute! Returning the lensroll to my How to Make a Cow Costume lens!

MarkBurchell on June 14, 2009:

Loving the lens! Also thank you for adding me to your recommended list.

Chris from Katy on May 08, 2009:

Great lens, welcome to the group, even added you to the front page.

ratopiangirl on April 13, 2009:

That's my little sister, all right!

anonymous on April 09, 2009:

You daughter is a cutie. What a wonderful lens. I enjoyed the step-by-step instructions along with pictures of each step. This took a lot of work, and it shows. Welcome also to the group, "Holidays Galore!"

Margaret

Mortira on April 07, 2009:

This is a great costume just about anyone could make! Welcome to the "Crafts for Creative People" group.

groovyoldlady on April 07, 2009:

Wow...EXCELLENT LENS! Thorough, simple, well-illustrated. 5 stars!

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on April 03, 2009:

Thanks for hoppin on over and into Easter Time Headquarters!

Brenda

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on April 03, 2009:

Great picture, great project, great bunny = a wonderful lens! I did not know there is an Easter Bunny Princess but now I do!

We actually still have a couple of pairs of those ears although no teenage guy is going to be caught dead dressing as a bunny...but there must be boy bunnies!?!

Thanks for including the link to Easter Time Headquarters and don't forget to submit your lens so that I can accept it into the group! How did you know the Easter Bunny section is empty???

Brenda

Dianne Loomos on April 03, 2009:

Yes, she is adorable and what a cute, easy bunny costume! Love the step by step instructions.

ThomasC on April 03, 2009:

This bunny costume is the perfect outfit for my little Sierra to wear trick or treating next year!

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