Reverse Applique Cushion – Easter Bunny

Reverse applique cushion Easter bunny

Reverse applique cushion Easter bunny

I’ve made this reverse applique cushion using the Easter bunny and four Easter egg shapes.  It’s a very simple cushion cover but I wanted to show you not only how easy reverse applique is but also that you can have more than one colour showing up in the applique.  If you haven’t come across it before, reverse applique is made by cutting into the top layer of fabric rather than adding an extra layer of fabric as you do in normal applique.

This pillow cover is made to take an 18″ cushion pad.  I’ve used 1/2 yard of yellow, 1/4 yard of purple and 3/4 yard of brown fabric.




Back view of the cushion

Back view of the cushion

Cutting requirements for the reverse applique cushion

Yellow fabric:  16.1/2″ square

Purple fabric:  two 4.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ rectangles, two 4.1/2″ by 16.1/2″ rectangles

Brown fabric:  one 8.1/2″ square, two 1.1/2″ by 16.1/2″ strips, two 1.1/2″ by 18.1/2″ strips, two rectangles 18.1/2″ by 12.1/2″

To download the templates click here.

Make the backing panel

Make the backing panel

Make the reverse applique backing panel

Lay the 8.1/2″ brown square in the middle and sew the small purple rectangles above and below it.  Sew a large purple rectangle on either side.

Lay the yellow square on top

Lay the yellow square on top

Place the yellow square on top of this with right side up – so both panels are right side up.

Line up the edges and pin along the edges.

Mark the applique shapes

Mark the applique shapes

Mark and cut out the qpplique

Cut the templates in paper and then mark them on the yellow square.  I have put the bunny in the middle over the brown fabric with an Easter egg across each corner.

My original plan had been to place the eggs along each edge.  When I was placing the templates I decided that they looked better across the corners.  This means that there is a small triangle of brown in the purple eggs.  When time allows I plan to use brown thread to quilt or embroider more shapes on the eggs to give them a festive look.  If you prefer, you could make the eggs slightly smaller so that they fit on the purple.  You can feel the seams under the yellow square so that you can tell where the brown ends and the purple starts.

Cut through the yellow fabric only

Cut through the yellow fabric only

Cut around the markings on the yellow square only, making sure that you don’t catch the brown or purple underneath.  I tend to use embroider scissors for this stage.  They are small, sharp and have a curved edge to help you follow the marked lines.

Sew around the shapes

Sew around the shapes

Sew the shapes in place

You need to sew around each shape just as you would for normal applique.  This secures the two layers of fabric together and stops the cut edges of the yellow fabric from fraying.

You could use either zigzag or one of the embroidery stitches on your machine.  I used a blanket stitch embroidery and that worked quite well.

Use brown for the border

Use brown for the border

Add the frame

As a border for this cushion cover I have used 1.1/2″ strips of brown fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 16.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 18.1/2″ for the sides.

Turn under a hem on one edge

Turn under a hem on one edge

Make the cushion back panel

Turn under a small double hem on one long edge of each of the large brown rectangles.

Right sides together

Right sides together

Lay one brown rectangle on the reverse applique panel with right sides together.  Line up the edges and pin across the top.

Add the second rectangle

Add the second rectangle

Now add the second rectangle to the bottom of the cushion cover.  Line up the edges with the bottom of the cover.  The two brown rectangles overlap by about 6″ or so.  This provides the gap for the envelope opening at the back of the cushion.

Zigzag the edges

Zigzag the edges

Pin all round the edges and sew around the whole edge of the cushion.  Make sure that you are catching all the layers of fabric in your stitching, particularly at the overlap sections.  When you’ve finished sewing, it’s a good idea to check that all the layers are caught in the stitching.  Then you can zigzag or overlock the edges to prevent fraying.

Finally turn the cushion cover right side out through the gap in the middle of the back and insert a cushion cover.

I hope that this pattern has shown you that you can use multiple colours in reverse applique projects.  You can either use a pieced backing as I have done here or you could have different coloured layers of fabric.

Here’s the video:

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

Last week I promised photos of Blenheim Palace and I have put these in a separate article.  Click on either Blenheim Palace or on the photo to see this wonderful palace.

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Comments

  1. Great idea for a fast and easy project. I checked on Blenheim Palace. I never knew that that Winston Churchill was born there. All I knew about his background was that his mother was American. If you log on to YouTube you will find umpteenth videos of the palace. I also found The Treasure Houses of England. There are ten of them and I plan on visiting all of them. I can never get enough of You Tube.

    • Hi Claire. I forgot to mention that Sir Winston was also buried in a village very close to Blenheim. I went to visit his grave and there’s a whole section in the churchyard for the Spencer-Churchill family. Thanks for the tip about the Treasure Houses of England – I’ll make sure to watch the videos.

  2. Bev Austin says:

    Thank you Rose, what a wonderful idea for spring, as usual girl, you ROCK.

  3. What a cute idea! Thank you Rose and have a blessed Easter.

  4. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Love the pillow very useful for now at Easter time. Right now I am making, baking bread into bunny shapes to give as gifts to the girls.
    Love the pattern and will try to do it before Easter, but I am not a bit hopeful it will get done.
    Have a great time with your granddaughter. I bet she is growing like a weed. Is she walking or running yet.? Enjoy her now they grow so fast.
    Have a great weekend and Do not quilt this weekend Enjoy>
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. What a lovely idea to make bread into bunny shapes. My granddaughter is running everywhere. As you say, it all happens very quickly at that age!

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