Free Bunny Applique Pattern with Fun Mix & Match Parts

Mix & Match free bunny applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

I’ve been thinking about designing a bunny applique block for a couple of years now, but Easter always seems to come and go before I have a chance to do it.

But not this year!

And I didn’t just design a bunny block – a designed a free bunny applique pattern with mix & match parts so you can play with it to make lots and lots and lots of unique bunnies. 🙂

Playing is good!

The pattern has three bunny head shapes, three bunny ear shapes, and three bunny faces. You can mix and match those for (I think) 27 possible bunnies. Throw in different color possibilities and you could make a king-sized quilt with no repeated blocks!

Download the pattern here.

If you’ve made any of my quilts, the construction will look familiar. The patterns have already been reversed and exploded so they can be printed right on my beloved printable fusible adhesive. No tracing! La la la la la.

You can trace onto your favorite fusible if you want to, but I’m lazy and like to skip right to the fun part.

If you prefer the freezer paper applique technique you can print the pieces onto freezer paper, but the instructions I’m giving here are for applique with fusible adhesive. For a complete overview of that technique (my favorite) click here. Find general instructions for freezer paper applique here, and needle turn applique here.

I’m completely in love with the Quilt As You Go method, so I did all the outline stitching and quilting through the top fabric and the batting. I usually do the quilting before I do the applique so I don’t have to work around the pieces. Easy peasy.

Cut each background block 10 1/2″ square.

Step 1

Roughly cut out the pattern pieces and fuse them to the back of your fabric.

Mix & Match free bunny applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

Step 2

Cut out the pieces neatly. Cut right on the solid lines. Leave a little extra seam allowance where there’s a dotted line – that bit of the piece will tuck behind another bit for a clean finish.

Mix & Match free bunny applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

Step 3

Choose a face and trace it onto the face piece.

Mix & Match free bunny applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

If you tape the face in a window and then hold the face fabric up against it, the image will shine right through for easy tracing.

I usually trace just inside the eyes and nose (so I don’t have to be perfect with how I position those applique pieces) and right on the mouth because I’m not using an erasable pen. Don’t use a Frixion pen to mark the face! It will disappear when you fuse the pieces together and you will be sad. 🙁

After I’m done tracing the face, I fuse the eyes and nose to black fabric for their applique pieces.

Step 4

Play around with the placement of the ears.

Mix & Match free bunny applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

Do you want them standing straight up? Spread wide? Wonky and uneven? There is no right answer – they’re all cute. Do what you like!

Step 5

Layer all the pieces and fuse in place following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Mix & Match free bunny applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

Don’t forget to tuck the base of the ears and inner ears behind the head before you fuse.

Step 6

Stitch around all your pieces.

Mix & Match free bunny applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

I machine stitch with regular all-purpose black thread with basic straight stitching everywhere. I love the cartoony look it gives! I go over the mouth twice to give it extra weight.

For help with those tight curves, watch this video.

If you don’t want to applique the eyes and nose, you can satin stitch them, hand applique felt pieces with easy whipstitch, or even draw them on with a fabric marker.

Done! With that block, at least. 🙂

There are instructions for finishing a Quilt As You Go quilt here.

See how to layer and baste any quilt here.

Learn how to bind a quilt here.

Here are the details on the three bunnies I made. . .

Mix & Match free bunny applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

This bunny uses Head #1, Face #3 and the fat ears.

All the fabrics for all the blocks come from Timeless Treasures. This one uses Studio in purple for the background, Sketch in linen for the bunny, and Pin Dot in pink for the inner ears.

Mix & Match free bunny applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

This bunny uses head #2, face #2, and the skinny ears.

The background fabric is Studio in citrus. The bunny is Sketch in smoke and the inner ears are Dream in grey. (Dream is discontinued, but I used some little scraps I had. You can still find it online here, and Sketch in mist would be a great substitute.)

Mix & Match free bunny applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

This bunny uses head #3, face #1 and the medium ears.

The background fabric is Studio in leaf, the bunny is Sketch in pumpkin, and the inner ears are Sketch in coral.

Mix & Match free bunny applique pattern from Shiny Happy WorldI made my three blocks into a pretty springtime wall-hanging.

There are instructions for adding a hanging sleeve here.

Combine multiple blocks in any configuration to make a baby quilt, a wall hanging, or a bed quilt.

Like all of my applique quilt patterns (except Peekaboo Bear) this finishes to a 10″ block. That means you can easily pop a bunny into any of my other quilt designs. A cute bunny would be a great addition to the Wild Flowers quilt or the Noisy Farm quilt. 🙂

Remember – you can adjust the size of any digital pattern to make it work for all kinds of projects!

Add a single bunny to a T-shirt or a baby onesie.

Add a single applique to this free receiving blanket pattern.

Add a different bunny to each side of this free tablet cover pattern.

Applique a bunny to any tote bag pattern (like this free mini tote bag or the pocket on this big shopping bag.

Make a pillow using this free tutorial.

Use the pattern pieces with pretty paper to make collage greeting cards, like these I make for my daughter.

You can even shrink them down extra small and use them for embroidery patterns!

Have fun playing with these bunnies!

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Happy sewing!

Best,
Wendi
That's me!

11 COMMENTS

  1. Brenda C. SAYS...

    The Bunny blocks are so adorable! Ms. Wendi you are most generous to your adoring fans (yes you have fans). I always look forward to checking your blog to see what is new, what you’ve posted, and I love the show and tell (sew & tell) photos. Thanks for the inspiration—you are very talented, thanks for sharing!

  2. Jenny SAYS...

    I always look forward to your blog posts Wendi. I’m always excited to see what new cute things you have designed and I’m never disappointed! These bunnies are just gorgeous.

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  4. Hi Wendy
    Thanks for the cute patterns. Your instructions are clearly presented and easy to follow.
    Regards Joy

  5. Anne SAYS...

    Thank you very much for theese free patterns. They are lovely.:)

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  7. Linda Bishop SAYS...

    Wendi, You are amazing. Your tutorials are as fun to watch as they are easy to follow. I can’t wait to start my Happy Houses. I think I will be making place mats. And then I am going to do a monster wall hanging. Looking forward to getting more info from you this coming year.

    Thank you, Linda

    • Thanks so much! And great minds think alike. 🙂 I’ve got a placemat tutorial coming later this week. 🙂