It’s so much fun to make a 3D quilt! You can add soft 3D embellishments to any applique pattern – like the bunny ears you see above.
There’s a post here showing how to add small 3D pieces to an applique quilt – teeth and small bear ears.
And I teach several 3D options in my Cute Quilt-As-You-Go Applique Monsters class on Craftsy. Here are a few examples showing flappy ears, a silly satin tongue, and springy elastic curls.
You can see that these are mostly longer 3D pieces that you want to flap and dangle. But what if you want them to stand up – like bunny ears?
You can do that for quilts – just like you can do it for stuffed animals. Here’s the tutorial showing how to make stuffed animals with stand-up ears.
The technique for 3D quilts is basically the same – but it’s a tiny bit more involved because applique template pieces have no seam allowances – and you need to account for that if you’re going to sew them into flappy ears.
Don’t worry – it’s easy. I show you how to do it in this video.
See? Not hard at all.
Here are a couple of links you might want.
- Shop here for Soft & Stable. That’s the washable foam I use inside the 3D parts.
- Get the free Mix & Match Bunnies pattern here. That’s the pattern I used for the bunny in the demonstration.
- If you’re new to Quilt As You Go and applique with fusible adhesive, you can sign up here for a free workshop taking you through the whole process. I think it’s the most fun way to make a quilt. 🙂
Try one of our newest quilt patterns! Get the Liz Llama pattern here. Or join the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club to get a new block every month. 🙂