Bunny Butt Fleece Wreath

Hippity hop, it’s the Easter Bunny! Cutting fleece into strips and tying knots are the basics for making this cute Easter Bunny Butt wreath (or make him face forward). This is an Easy As Pie Crafts™ original design.

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Supplies:
12″ wire wreath frame
6″ wire wreath frame
3 yds fleece fabric – I used a light blue fleece but you can use any color or even a print
13 yd pink or white fleece fabric for the inside of the ears
8 chenille stems, approximately 12″ long
cardboard to make ear pattern
pom-pom (make yourself or purchase) or other fluffy ball (cotton) for tail

Tools:
scissors or 45mm or 60mm rotary cutter
cutting mat (only if using a rotary cutter)
quilter’s ruler, ruler, yardstick, tape measure, or cardboard pattern
glue it must be a fabric glue that will work on fleece

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We’ll start by trimming the edge of the fabric even. I leave the fabric folded in half just as it came off the bolt. I keep the selvage edge at the top.

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Cut strips 1″ wide. Cut through the fold and then cut the strips into pieces 5″ long.

You will have some waste but you can throw it away or keep the short strips for another project. You will use approximately 95-100 strips for each of the six sections. The number depends on what type of fleece you buy (thickness varies with different types and brands of fleece).

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Begin tying these strips onto the 12″ wire wreath, using a half square knot. Tie them tightly and then push them together. You’ll want to tightly fill each section of the wreath. You can work row by row or section by section. I have found for me that tying each section starting with the inner row works best for me.

Continue cutting and tying the 1″ x 5″ strips on the whole wreath frame (six sections, four rows each) leaving one row on the last section empty. This is where you will attach the bunny’s head.

Now begin cutting the fleece for the bunny’s head. The 6″ frame has three sections with four rows each. Leave the last row in one of the sections empty. This is where you will attach the bunny’s head to its body.

Using 1″ x 5″ strips again of the fleece, tie the two wire frames together with 10 strips using a square knot (not half square).

Now, you’ll have to fill in the sections of the frame for both the body and head. Use 5″ strips to fill in the rest of the last row in the third section of the head and 5″ strips to fill in the rest of the last row in the last section of the body. All rows and sections are now filled.

Your bunny is done except for his ears and tail. Use the downloadable pdf to cut out a piece of cardboard to use as a pattern to cut the ears out of the fleece. Keep the fleece folded and cut a set of blue and a set of pink ears. Now cut through the fold.

Take one blue and one pink ear and make sure they match up. You may have to switch the ears. Now place the right sides together. If you’re using the anti-pill, it is usually fuzzier on the right sides. If you’re unsure, do the curl test.

Now open the ear like a sandwich. You’ll be gluing the two right sides together and after the glue dries you will turn them right side out and the ear will be done. Run a thin bead of glue all the way around the edge of the ear. Make sure to go around the bottom of the ear at the corners, a little bit, but leave the rest of the bottom open. Make sure you are using a fabric glue that works on fleece. Not all of them do. Place the pink ear on top of the blue ear (right side to right side) and press firmly all the way around the ear. Don’t forget to press the corners of the bottom where there also is glue.

Do the same for the other ear and let dry for at least 1 hour.

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After the ears are completely dry, begin turning them inside out so the right sides are now facing out. Go slowly so you don’t pull the two ear halves apart. Do this for both ears.

Now we are going to add chenille stems inside the ear for support and to make them bendable. Take two chenille stems and twist them together. Do this four times with 8 of the stems. Now take the double stems and twist them together at the ends to make an approximately 24″ long double chenille stem.

Bend the long double stems, at the top where the four are twisted together and stick them up into one of the bunny ears. Do this for the other bunny ear as well.

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So, now you have two options, you can either have the bunny facing forward or the bunny facing backward. If you are facing the bunny forward, you’ll want to attach the ears with the pink part facing out and put the tail on the side. Feel free to add a face or other embellishments.

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Or you can face the bunny backwards by attaching the blue ears facing forward with the tail at the bottom center for the bunny butt wreath like I have done. Either way, the ears attach the same way. Decide where you want to position the ears and pull some of the fleece strips apart on the wire frame. Thread the chenille stems under and around the wire frame and twist to secure. Do this for both ears.

Now we have to add a little glue to additionally secure the ears or you will end up with a flop earred rabbit. Using a little hot glue or the fabric glue you have already used, pull the fleece from the back of the ear down and glue it to the wire frame.

The ears will now stand up against the door or wall where you are hanging it. Using hot glue or the fabric glue, glue on the tail that you have made or purchased. Your bunny is complete.


Bunny Butt Fleece Wreath Recap

Supplies:
12″ wire wreath frame
6″ wire wreath frame
3 yds fleece fabric – I used a light blue fleece but you can use any color or even a print
13 yd pink or white fleece fabric for the inside of the ears
8 chenille stems, approximately 12″ long
cardboard to make ear pattern
pom-pom (make yourself or purchase) or other fluffy ball (cotton) for tail

Tools:
scissors or 45mm or 60mm rotary cutter
cutting mat (only if using a rotary cutter)
quilter’s ruler, ruler, yardstick, tape measure, or cardboard pattern
glue it must be a fabric glue that will work on fleece

Instructions:

  1. Cut 1″ x 5″ strips from the blue fleece and tie them on the 12″ wire frame leaving the last row in one section empty.
  2. Cut 1″ x 5″ strips from the blue fleece and tie them on the 6″ wire frame leaving the last row in one section empty.
  3. Cut 1″ x 5″ strips of the blue fleece and tie the 6″ wreath to the 12″ wreath together using the empty rows and using 10 strips and square knots (not half square knots).
  4. Fill in the 6″ frame and the 12″ frame with 5″ blue strips so all rows and sections are complete.
  5. Using a cardboard pattern, cut out a set of blue ears and pink ears.
  6. Glue the right sides together of one blue and one pink ear. Wait one hour for the glue to dry and turn them right side out.
  7. Twist two chenille stems together four times for four double stems. Take two of the double stems and twist the ends together to make two extra long stems.
  8. Bend the stems where they come together and slip them up into the bunny ear.
  9. Attach the ears to the wire frame by threading and twisting the chenille stems to the frame.
  10. Pull down the back piece of fleece of the ears and glue to the wire frame for extra support.
  11. Glue on the bunny tail.

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