Oh, I’m sure we’ve all been there! Scrolling Insta and Etsy in the wee hours of the morning, drooling over the cutest baby photos complete with baby cappuccinos and a bathrobe. I know you know the photos that I’m talking about! And the props? As adorable as they are, are likely only to be used a few times that season before kiddo outgrows that cute AF dressing gown. That’s why, when I saw all the Easter content heading our way, I thought “I bet that I can make a baby bunny bonnet, just like the ones that they sell on Etsy, with stuff that I have right here in the house”. So, I did! And you definitely can too.
The beauty of this DIY is that it also used the material from a pair of old joggers that were on their last legs (excuse the pun). There was plenty of good material left in them though!
Bunny Bonnet DIY
Take your material and a bonnet (or pattern) to use as a guide. If you’re upcycling another item, have a look and see if there are any existing edges or seams that you can utilise. This will save you time, and provide a neater finish.
Cut our your bonnet shape. Overlock/serge/zig zag stitch the edges (not necessary, but helps matters!) and sew the seams.
Attach the straps! You can use ribbon, webbing, or fabric. Attach this around the bottom hem of the bonnet.
Note: for safety, children should never be left to sleep or be unsupervised with loose/tied straps around their neck. These are a choking/strangling hazard.
You have now made a bonnet. Part one done!
Let’s make turn this into a bunny bonnet with ears! Taking 2 pieces of your fabric place the good sides of the fabric inwards (the bottom piece face up, the top piece face down). Cut out two ears. Sew the front and back pieces together and then turn out the correct way. Make sure to push the tip of the ear all the way out. Finger press and then top stitch around the ear, using the edge of your sewing machine foot as a guide.
Pin the ears to the bonnet where you’d like them to sit, and sew. You can leave it there, or also fold the base edges of the ears out and sew down to cover where the ears are attached.
There you have it, a sustainable way to make a cute photo prop this Easter. Change up the ears from a bunny to make a bear, mouse or any other cute creation that you can imagine!