My Patchwork Peter Rabbit tutorial is here! I love this little guy so much and I’m so happy to share him with you! This wall hanging will add whimsy and delight to your Spring and Easter décor. It measures 18″ x 20″, so it’s a small project that can be made in no time.
Patchwork Peter Rabbit (free) pattern
You can get started right away by downloading the pattern below.
This is a simple project that anyone with a little applique experience could do. The piecing is very easy and quick.
The original inspiration for this quilt came from my daughter’s preschool art project from almost 20 years ago! Am I that old? I’ve always loved this bunny and when I brought him out to decorate the house for April, I decided he needed to be in a quilt.
I scaled the original bunny down to 75% and added my own tulips. If you’re going to make this project, I want to point out that the pattern for the applique has been divided into two sections. When you print it out, make sure you choose “no scaling” and print at actual size. You will get an upper body section and lower body section that needs to be matched along the long side using the slash marks as a guide:
For the fabric, I found more inspiration from this fat quarter bundle (and a mini charm pack) of Color Me Happy by V and Co. for Moda Fabrics.
I wanted to use my mini charm pack and so a Patchwork Peter Rabbit was born.
I love the floating border and the binding, too. I took advantage of the color block ombre fabric for this, and I love how it turned out!
Sometimes this type of yardage is hard to figure out what to do with. I think I picked a winner!
I also used this fabulous Linen Mochi Dot by Momo for Moda Fabrics, as my background and outer border. This was a dream to work with, and I love the texture it adds. And how about that fluffy tail? I love the Cuddle dimple fabric from Shannon Fabrics. I used a similar technique when I made my Surrounded by Circles Baby Quilt for Shannon Fabrics.
I needed a little more than a fat quarter for my backing fabric, so I pieced it together with more color block ombre and one of the large prints. Cooper is always there to
I also added a hanging sleeve. You can see my tutorial for this technique here.
When choosing a stitch for the applique, I decided that a zig zag stitch was the best choice considering all of the seam allowances at the raw edge of the rabbit. I wish I would have used a wider zig zag and maybe a shorter stitch length. At some spots, there is a little fraying at the seam intersections.
I think it makes my rabbit look a little tattered, but I’m going with a worn look from being overly loved.
But, my tulips came out nice and fresh:
Picking out the thread was half the fun. I used Magnifico by Superior Threads:
If you need more information about raw edge applique in general, you can go to my Applique Series and get the whole scoop!
Figuring out how to quilt this took longer than the actual quilting itself. I love quilting small projects like this, though. It’s a great time to practice your free motion quilting.
I used a “seed” stencil along the border. I double stitched it, in other words, echo quilted it to give it some girth.
I chose swirls and rosettes to stitch around the rabbit applique:
I also stitched in the ditch around the inner border and within the patchwork of the rabbit.
The final step is a quilt label. I finally found a good use for my left over scraps of jumbo ric rak. I added it to my quilt label. How sweet is that?
This label is easy to make. I cut a 5″ square of fabric and folded it in half diagonally, wrong sides together, forming a triangle. Then I stitched a small piece of rick rac to the folded edge of the triangle. I wrote my information with a Pigma Pen and then basted the triangle to the corner of my quilt, before adding the binding. Once the binding is stitched, you wrap it around the quilt and it encases the raw edges of the quilt label too.
This entire project might take you two days to make (especially if you don’t have to take pictures of every step). So, what are you waiting for? I think you could whip up your own Patchwork Peter Rabbit before Easter!
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter (if that’s something you celebrate) and happy Spring to everybody!