Make an Adorable Bunny Costume for Easter or Halloween
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!)
Supplies to Make Your Own Easter Bunny Costume
White Shirt, White Pants: That's the Base of Your Costume. If the Weather is Still Cool, Make it Sweats.
Large pom-poms are an easy-to-assemble tail.
A Sheet of Pink Felt, a Giant Pom-Pom, and Bunny Ears Will Complete the Costume.
Starting Your Easter Bunny Costume
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.
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.
Choose embroidery floss in a complementary or contrasting color to the pink tummy.
Embroidery needles make attaching the tummy easy.
The simplest way to attach the felt tummy to the costume is fabric glue.
Blanket Stitch for Easter Bunny Tummy
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 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.
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!
Fluffy Easter Bunny Tail
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 Easter Bunny
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!
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
Pink lipstick or cream blush for the nose, brown eyeliner for whiskers, and a line down below the nose and across the upper lip will be the finishing touch for your own Easter Bunny!
Here Comes Peter Cottontail: This Is an Hysterical and Hysterically Bad Rendition of Peter Cottontail, by a Bunch of Plastic Easter Egg Marionettes!
Make a Boy's Rabbit Costume
Alter colors to make a boy's rabbit costume with a brown felt tummy, white or brown shirt, and pants.
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