Easter Bunny Hat and Diaper Cover

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Happy to report that I’m moving right along with my March/April baby gifts!  One of my closest friends is having a baby girl just in time for Easter and I’m so thrilled with how this turned out.

I originally saw this pattern on Pinterest – it’s a FREE pattern from “Repeat Crafter Me”- Thankyou!  You can find the link to the free pattern here.

For the fluffy bunny tail, I stitched on a small piece of “Flying Trapeze Candy Pink Feather Boa” from Hobby Lobby.

The polka dot heart buttons on the diaper cover are “JHB” brand, style #53604.  I purchased them at Hancock Fabrics.

For the photo backdrop, I used “David Tutera Chiffon Ribbon Rose” fabric from Joanne Fabrics that I bought on sale MONTHS AGO!  I love it so much but have yet to decide what to make with it!  Any ideas?

Happy Crafting,

-AFriendLikeBen-

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Printing on Fabric for this “Toronto Blue Jays” Hat and Diaper Cover!

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Even though I currently live in the USA with my husband, we’re both Canadians and love our Toronto Blue Jays!  My amazing and dear friend is having a baby boy at the end of March and like us, her and her husband are big Jays fans!  For baby shower gifts lately, I’ve been trying to purchase something off the registry and also make a little something from the heart.  I really enjoyed making this project and my friend loved it!

Below is my tutorial on how I printed on fabric to create the logo.  If you’d like to try this technique you’ll need the following materials:

  • Printer (I have the Brother ink-jet printer)
  • Printer paper
  • White cotton fabric
  • Freezer paper
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Tape
  • Scissors

Unfortunately the interfacing, paper, fabric and freezer paper are all white so it’s difficult to see the different layers in my photos.  Feel free to message me if you have any questions.

***As with most crafty experiments, there’s a risk factor!  I tried this out and it worked well with my printer but I cannot guarantee it will work on all printers.*** 

Step 1: Choose the image you’d like to print.  Print it out to test that it’s the right size.  (I printed in black and white for the test.)

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Step 2: Cut out white fabric large enough to print on.  (You can see the white fabric behind the black and white test sheet shown above.  I was ensuring that it was the right size.)

Step 3: Cut and iron on the interfacing to the white fabric.  (This prevents the fabric from fraying once you cut out your logo.)  Always use a cheesecloth or scrap fabric overtop of the interfacing while ironing.

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Step 4:  Cut and iron on Freezer Paper on top of the interfacing you just applied.  (This adds stiffness to the fabric so it can move through the printer.)

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Step 5: Tape the fused fabric/interfacing/freezer paper sheet to your test sheet of printing paper. (Freezer paper side down, fabric facing up so you can print on it.)

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Step 6: Place it into the printer accordingly.

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Step 7:  Print in colour.

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Step 8: Peel off the Freezer paper and cut out your logo.

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Step 9:  Attach logo onto your project.  (I used a needle and thread.)

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I also made this adorable Boston Red Sox hat for another friend having a boy in April!

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To make the hat and diaper cover I followed a crochet pattern I purchased on Esty from AvaGirlDesigns.  I usually make Amigurumi items, not clothing, so the pattern was a bit tricky to follow at first.  After googling some new stitches and experimenting a little, I got the hang of it!  I used a larger hook than the pattern recommended (I used size 5.  the pattern recommended 4) and I still feel the hat is a little small.  Luckily the yarn stretches so I’m hopeful it will still fit for newborn photos.

For a link to the baseball buttons I used on the diaper cover click here.

To learn how to make the “Self Binding Baby Blanket” shown in the background, see a previous blog post here.

I really enjoyed making this project – let me know if you try it too or have any feedback!

-AFriendLikeBen-

Crochet Baby Bear Hat – FREE PATTERN

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Firstly, Kudos to you crochet pattern designers out there!  One of my goals this year was to be able to provide a free pattern for my followers so I’m very excited about this post…but there were a lot of trials and errors to get a reasonable pattern!  So, I know this hat may look very simple to some, but for me, it’s a big accomplishment to make a pattern!

I’m used to making “Amigurumi” so the size of the hook doesn’t really affect how the finished Amigurumi turns out.  With hats however, I thought the hook size really mattered because it needs a particular fit.  After a little research, I found this handy blog “Crochet in Color” that helps you size a hat properly regardless of the hook size.

I also saw this chart below that works as a good reference.

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 BABY BEAR HAT  – FREE CROCHET PATTERN

Newborn Size (0-3 months)

(FOR PDF VERSION, CLICK:  Baby Bear Hat Crochet Pattern)

Materials

blue yarn (B), cream yarn (C)  ( I used “Vanna’s Choice”, Medium (4) weight)

J 6.0 mm crochet hook

yarn needle

HAT

(blue)

R1: Ch 2, 12 dc in magic ring. Sl st in 2nd chain of the beginning ch-2 (12 sts).

R2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each dc around, sl st in 2nd chain of the beg ch-2 (24 sts).

R3: Ch 2, (2 dc in next st, dc in next stitch) x12, sl st in 2nd chain of beg ch-2 (36 sts).

R4-9: Ch 2, dc 36, sl st in 2nd chain of the beg ch-2 (36 sts).

Finish off.

EARS

(start in blue)

R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6)

R2: 2 Sc in each sc around. (change to C in 5th, change to B in 7th) (12)

R3-4: Sc in each st around.  (change to C in 4th, change to B in 8th) (12)

R5: (all in blue) Sc in each stitch around. (12)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.

**Optional, use a yarn needle and the tail end of the cream colour to stitch over any visible blue showing through on the ears.

Below is an example of what it looked like before stitching the cream colour over ears and after:

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photoSew open end of ear together.  Stitch ears to hat over 2nd and 3rd row.

…And there you have it.  Please let me know if you give it a try or if you have any feedback!

Thanks, and happy crocheting,

AFriendLikeBen