Has Spring arrived at your house yet?
_ I made one of these carrot purses and bunny for somebody’s toddler years ago and am not sure of the pattern origin. Of course the old pattern was long gone so… I drew up new carrot and bunny shapes. The bunny is made from terry velour scraps but any kind of knit fabric should work. You can make the purse using big scraps from your stash. Download and print the pdf of the shapes (bottom of this post) if you'd like to try it.
To make the bunny - Cut 2 shapes and sew around the edges of the bunny (leave an opening at the bottom, clip curves, points), turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill. Close opening with whip stitch or overcast. Embroider the face and ears and add a ribbon around the neck. Remember to add some kind of tail. You could sew on a pompom or yoyo - or do like I did and cut out a small circle, gather the edges, lightly stuff, pull gathers tight and attach to the bunny bum.
For the purse, cut 2 linings, 2 orange fabric pieces for outside and at least one carrot shape from low loft batting (2 batting shapes if you want to quilt both sides of purse).
Sew around the edges of the 2 lining pieces right sides together and leave open at the top (stop at the dots). Do the same for the orange outside pieces except add the batting piece to one side. Clip curves and press seams. Turn the orange pieces right side out. Leave the lining right sides together and slide inside the orange piece. Use a chopstick to push lining all the way to the bottom of purse. Bind top of purse with bias tape (use commercial or make your own). Sew a ribbon handle to sides of the bag or make a handle from lining fabric. On the side(s) of purse with batting, use a running stitch to quilt lines and simulate undulations like real carrots (see pic). Embroidery thread, Pearl Cotton or Sashiko thread work well. Insert bunny, baby chicks, eggs, whatever your toddler would like to find and play with.
_ What are you doing to celebrate? I celebrated by quilting this treasure from the late 1960s. Mother and Grandmother hand pieced it for son/grandson James. He remembers some cussing during the making of this quilt. It was a pleasure to get to quilt this one and fun revisiting fabrics from my growing up years.