Well we don't know about you but the lighter, warmer days have made us look forward to Easter crafting and maybe, just maybe, hoping for an outdoor Easter egg hunt. Which means we had better look out last year's outdoor cushions and see if they could do with a quick update to make our outdoor spaces look suitably Spring-Like. Read on for Easter Craft ideas and how to spruce up your outdoor space.
Easter Craft Idea No 1: Easter Baskets
No Easter is complete without an Easter egg hunt and for that you need the perfect Easter basket to collect all your eggs in. We think this one from Polka Dot Chair would be eggs-elent and look amazing in one of our cute Peter Rabbit fabrics lined with either a floral or gingham. You also need a canvas lining to make them sturdy and a really helpful tutorial is available at Polka Dot Chair. You could make these with the kids for Easter holiday crafting fun!
Image credit: Polka Dot Chair
Easter Craft Idea No 2: Bunny Bags
Now we have mentioned this backpack before, but now we have actually made some, we can guarantee they are super cute and make the perfect Easter gift if you wanted to do something a bit different to chocolate. And it also makes the perfect bag for Nursery, Swimming Kit or just the essentials any child needs.
We have made ours using a pretty shade of pink from our cotton Panama collection, and then added some velvet and bouclé ears to make it super tactile too. Simply add some piping cord for bag straps and you are off.
You could use any of our soft furnishing cottons as they are strong enough for wear and tear, we also quite like the idea of teaming some of the other brightly coloured cotton panamas with either a contrasting striped chambray or pretty cotton florals. You really can use anything so it’s a truly unique and personal gift.
If Easter fills you with a slight panic about what on earth to do for an Easter Bonnet Competition, then don’t panic we have a few ideas up our sleeves for you.
The simplest ideas we have in our heads, seem to be first of all adding a simple pair of bunny ears (you could even use the template provided by the bunny bag mentioned above) to a hat you have already. You could use a range of fabrics but to make them super tactile and almost furry, what about our cream bouclé? To keep it spring-like you could even mix in some pretty cotton florals as the backing. Pretty Cute right.
Our other cracking idea (we know it’s not our best joke ever) is for you to use this simple beret design by Now that’s Peachy, made from two white felt squares, some cream bouclé or even some of our cream boiled wool and topped with a yellow circle (you could even use scrap) to make a fried egg beret. Again you could top it with a pretty yellow polka dot to add even more charm. The perfect quirky quick make to gain you all the Easter points and quite funny too, even if we do say so ourselves.
Easter Craft Idea No 4: Bunting
We have said it before and we will keep saying it, it’s not a party without bunting or a cake. We can’t help you with the cake, but bunting is very much our thing. We believe that bunting is the perfect Easter Craft Idea to use up all your scraps and there is no need for any disposable decorations making fabric bunting very much the best green alternative.
However, if you were thinking your bunting scraps need something to really make them pop, then you need to check out our bunting collection. It is packed with everything you need from ditsy florals, spots, stripes and even the occasional Liberty Print to make your bunting suitable for a posh party too.
Everyone always hopes to be outside at Easter but it’s always important to decorate the house in case the weather doesn’t play ball. This Easter bunny bunting from Sew Dainty could be just the ticket to celebrate Easter indoors and even better you can use up any floral and pastel colour fabric scraps as a stash busting project. If you don’t have anything suitable take a look at our remnants page.
Image Credit: Sew Dainty
Pastel Flowers and Pushing Daisies
Easter Craft Idea No 5: Tablecloths
It is even a party without a tablecloth? We have lots of brightly coloured options that are perfect for Easter; what about our Hoppity fabric with lots of cute bunnies - it’s a great option for a very pretty tablecloth.
If Rabbits aren’t quite your thing and you want to get more wear from a tablecloth, what about these Spring coloured Mushrooms by Cath Kidston? It is so sunny and bright, great for the whole of Spring not just for Easter.
But maybe you are thinking more creatively and planning some layering? We were thinking that a layer of hessian as a table runner with maybe a yellow gingham underneath. Perfect with a bunch of daffodils on the table or how about clashing it with some pale blue gingham - the possibilities are endless.
Outdoor Fabrics for Garden Celebrations
You can quite simply never have enough cushions, and that doesn’t stop at the garden door. So you will need some outdoor cushions and, our outdoor water repellent fabrics will mean you can leave them out when it rains (although maybe not for a classic British Summer when it rains for weeks). With lots of bright colours these will perk up any garden and make it a space you can’t wait to hang out in.
Make your own Outdoor cushions following the detailed instructions at A Beautiful Mess.
Image credit: A Beautiful Mess
Make your own Picnic Blankets
Everyone needs a picnic blanket at some point and we have so many fabric options whether you want one that is children or adult friendly. For a more grown up picnic blanket what about the Summer in a Glass, perfect for spring and summer drinks.
But if you are looking for something more child friendly you can’t go wrong with Alphabet Animals, perfect for adults and children. Very pretty and with spring time vibes. We have a playmat made in this children's fabric and it is always a hit and one of our favourites.
Browse our Easter Crafting and Outdoor fabrics
Whatever you are planning to make this Spring time, you will find plenty of gorgeous fabrics to bring your crafting to life. Browse our craft fabrics, furnishing fabric and outdoor fabric collections to find exactly what you are looking for. In case you need help, feel free to call our London shop to point you in the right direction or just type your fabric idea into the search box.