Wednesday 2 March 2016

My latest craft project: vintage fabric applique rabbit hoop

At the start of the year I decided to try and make more time for creativity. I wrote a post about the therapeutic effect of being creative. Sewing makes me relaxed and happy, so I resolved to do more of it this year. Alongside this, I've launched a new blog linky called "Crafting is my Therapy", it acts as a place for people to share their crafty skills. With Spring on the horizon and Easter only a few weeks away, this months project is bunny-themed.

my latest craft project is a cute vintage fabric applique rabbit hoop, using tiny blanket stitches

close up detail of my latest crafting project, a vintage fabric applique bunny hoop using small blanket stitches

Over the past couple of weeks I have sewn a colourful applique rabbit using vintage fabric and calico. I love blanket stitch and try and incorporate it into my sewing projects wherever possible. This version uses a floral fabric in shades of turquoise and cobalt blue. A few months ago I created a similar applique hoop using orange and chocolate brown vintage fabric.

Over the years I have amassed a wide selection of vintage fabrics so there is scope for me to make more variations. I find this particular manmade fabric features colours that really pop and they rarely fade.

close up detail of embroidery stitches on my vintage fabric applique rabbit hoop art

I love the finished effect, but they aren't the easiest things to sew. It's quite hard work getting the needle through calico and the thick vintage fabric. The smaller blanket stitch around the ears was particularly fiddly. Having said that, I do still enjoy making them.

example of tiny blanket stitches used to applique a vintage fabric bunny onto calico fabric

vintage fabric applique Easter bunny embroidery hoop using small blanket stitches and backstitch

Looking forward to next month's project I'm particularly keen to practise some new embroidery stitches. The latest Crafting is my Therapy linky goes live this Friday on the 4th March...the focus of the linky is crafting for pleasure, basically taking some ‘me-time’ to unwind in our busy lives.

It doesn’t have to be a finished project, I love seeing work in progress photos or tutorial posts too. I hope any crafty bloggers reading this will come and join in with Crafting is my Therapy #2

Me You and Magoo

if you'd like to sew more of my sewing projects, I have a "Sewing is my Therapy" board over on Pinterest:

Follow Pouch : blogging + craft's board Sewing Is My Therapy on Pinterest.

This week I'm linking up with:

The 'Making Home' link up over on

Blogger Club UK over on and


Unknown said...

So lovely! Gorgeous fabric, gorgeous bunny. Love your work. And thanks for featuring my post from last month :)

Anonymous said...

This is lovely, I love the outline it's so neat. i am only a beginner at embroidery myself but loving it, waiting on pay day so I can stock up!

TheMessyBrunette said...

The bunny is gorgeous, I love the outline you did. New to embriodery but loving it, waiting for payday to come so I can stock up!

Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me said...

I love your applique bunny, so simple but very effective. I have a hoop that I only use occasionally so may very well try and create some hoop art for my wall.

Popping over from #MakingHome linky


Mrs Crafty B said...

This is so pretty. Perfect for spring time or a little Easter gift for a craft lover! #MakingHome

Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too said...

A beautiful craft idea, I love the choice of fabric #MakingHome

Unknown said...

I love the bunny its rather cute. I need to make time for more crafting. It's difficult!

Three Sons Later said...

This is really pretty. I am all about Easter crafts at the moment. I must look into joining your linky.

Cuddle Fairy said...

Oh wow this turned out so cute! I love the detail & the different layers of material. You did a great job lovely! Thanks so much for linking up with us at #bloggerclubuk

Mainy said...

Really pretty effect on the bunny and so neat!! I understand what you're saying about having "me" time to craft. It's so important to have some time out to do something different, whatever that may be. It's also important to recognise this and do something about it :)


Joining you from #bloggerclubuk

Mudpie Fridays said...

This is very cute, I use to spend a lot of time sewing before I started a blog and blanket stitch was one of my favourites too. I hope you have time to do some more :) thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again this week x


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