Thursday, March 05, 2015

A Basketful Of Aunt Wigglys

Good morning, friends!
Have you ever heard of Uncle Wiggly?
He's a cute but rather curious rabbit who is often on one adventure or another.


My son loves Uncle Wiggly and my hubby and I often read him stories of this fun rabbit.
In fact, we even have a board game that we play. . .a lot!


A little while ago I made a few rabbits and since the fabric was very girly
my son said they looked like they could be Uncle Wiggly's wife
which would make them "Aunt Wigglys" right? :)



You can find the tutorial for these sweet rabbits at
She gives you step-by-step instructions
and there is also a printable rabbit template.
The wonderful thing about these "Aunt Wiggly's"
is that you can make them your own by adding your desired embellishments.
Add lace, buttons, doilies, pearls, etc - the possibilities are endless.


Now onto the lovely little basket they are occupying. . .
I whipped this basket up in about 30 minutes or less.
It's made out of cotton fabric.

Speaking of the fabric, don't you love it!?
A dear blogging friend, Donna, from 
has a delightful shop with the most wonderful fabric.
The bunnies and basket are made out of the fabric from her shop.

Sorry about the "rabbit trail" {pun intended}

Now where was I. . .
Ah, yes, I was about to show you how I made this basket.


You will need:

cotton fabric - use two different colors for a unique look
interfacing {the stiffer the better}
batting
sewing machine
scissors
tape measure

For the outer fabric, lining, and interfacing cut out 2 pieces each
that measure  7-inches long and 9-inches wide.
If you want a bigger basket than simply adjust your measurements.
Sew or iron on the interfacing onto the backside of the outer fabric
{I used the fusible kind}.


Sew the two pieces of outer fabric together at the bottom
{I used a 1/4-inch seam allowance for the entire project}
Also, place your two lining pieces together and sew along the sides and bottom-
leave the top open AND a small opening on one side - my opening was about 2.5-inches.
Back to the outer fabric, 
iron the seam and lay out on a piece of batting that is a little larger than the strip of fabric
and add a few pins to hold into place.


Now begin quilting your fabric and batting by sewing lines up and down.


Mine were about 1/2-inch apart. . .and they weren't perfect :)


To create the boxed corners. . .
push out the corners of the outer fabric and lining and measure in 1.5-inches; 
draw a line and pin.
Sew along the line.


Once you have sewn over the line trim the corners.


Turn the lining right side out and set into the basket; pin into place.


Remember that small opening you left on one side of the lining?
Pull the basket right side out through the opening.
Then, simply sew the opening closed
and push the lining into the basket.


Iron the basket out and sew along the top edge
to hold the lining down.


You can leave your basket like this with the top up. . .


Or you can fold the top down so there is some contrast with the colors.
I personally like it folded.




So get busy making your "Aunt Wigglys."


Add lace bows. . .



Or pearls and buttons.


And make them a sweet home :)
Don't they look cozy in their new basket?


May you have a joyous and beautiful day, friends!
HUGS!

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77 comments:

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a cute project for Spring, my friend! The Aunt Wiggly's are adorable and look perfectly happy in your quilted basket. The fabrics are so happy and you've embellished your bunnies so sweetly. It's happy bunny love!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Beautiful Stephanie! Love the basket and your Uncle Wiggly bunnies are so cute, just precious!.

Anna said...

Love your little rabbits !!!!!! Super cute !!! And your basket too !!!!
Have a shinny day !
Anna

Sylvia said...

Don't think that I've heard of Uncle Wiggly. Those are cute little Aunt wiggly's!

Sarah said...

Uncle Wiggly always makes me think of my grandma. We would play that game when we would spend the day with her. The fabrics you used are lovely! I will have to check out that shop! : )

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Aww! They're just too adorable dear Stephanie and the fabric you've used is simply precious:). I also love the basket you made for them - so lovely and bright! Hope your day is splendid! Hugs to you!

Connie said...

Good Morning Stephanie, That book brought back memories. Uncle Wiggly has been around for a long time. I will be 70 in September and the only books that I can remember my Momma ever reading to me where Uncle Wiggly books and Black Beauty.
Your bunnies are sew darn cute and they look adorable popping their little heads out of your quilted basket. Perfect for springtime and wouldn't they look stunning in a babies nursery :) You are so talented.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Connie :)

Kim Stevens said...

Oh my goodness, I remember the Piggly Wiggly board game we use to play! And that basket full of bunnies is too cute!

Laura said...

Oh, dear Stephanie, what a sweet post! I just love the little bunnies and the basket...I have some vintage sheet material that would be just perfect for both these ideas! Thank you so much for sharing!

Thinking of you and sending hugs your way!
Laura ♥

Sola Scriptura said...

I've not heard of Uncle Wiggly, but the story book looks delightful. I just adore the fabric you used to make Aunt Wiggly and friends. They look so charming :)

Debby Ray said...

Well, those are about the cutest little bunnies I have ever seen! I do rememeber Uncle Wiggly books...they are just delightful. Your sweet little basket is adorable and your stitches are impecable!! Have a lovely Thursday, dear Stephanie :)

Anne Payne said...

I can't wait until I get my craft room together and set up my sewing machine. I want to make some of these for my grands!
Have a great day, sweet lady!!!

Vee said...

Sweet fabrics, bunnies, and basket. Thank you for a cogent tutorial.

Miss Val's Creations said...

I haven't heard of Uncle Wiggly! The book looks classic. I love the old illustrations. Your basket and sweet rabbits are so adorable!

My thrift store addiction said...

Cute, cute, cute! So sweet for spring! Hugs, Cecilia

Debbie Harris said...

Aunt Wiggly's, just the cutest ever! I think our little one has a great sense of humor.
The material really is darling for your project Stephanie.

Have a beautiful day!
Love you, Mom

Libby @ Simplicity and Domesticity said...

These are too cute, Stephanie :) You did a lovely job!! Hope your day is beautiful, sweet friend! Sending you a hug!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You make the sweetest things my friend! I still have the tea cup coaster on my list to make. I'm so ready for baskets full of bunnies though! Thanks for sharing all of your ideas. Off to see the fabric! Sweet hugs, Diane

Kerin said...

Super cute bunnies, and basket!
Thanks for sharing your resources with us, and for making a tutorial.

Perfect little bunnies for the spring, and for Easter!!

Smiles :)
~K.

Laura Lane said...

How scrumptiously springy!

Donna Wilkes said...

Aunt Wiggley's - so cute especially in the pretty basket.

Tante Mali said...

Oh how sweet!!! What cute little rabbits! Perfect for a wonderful easter decoration! Thank you for the tutorial and for inspiring me!
All my best and happy spring
Elisabeth

Anne said...

Yes, I know Uncle Wiggly! Cute, cute bunnies and basket!! Thanks for the basket tutorial. :-)
Enjoy your day! ♥

Kelly Deal said...

So cute Stephanie! I love the fabric!

Robyn said...

You have an endless number of wonderful ideas, Stephanie, and your latest creation is just plain adorable. Love the basket, love the bunnies, love the whole post!
Have a great day, sweet lady :)

Merlesworld said...

Sweet little fellows.
Merle.....

Mari said...

I remember Uncle Wiggly! The basket is so cute, and your fabric is so unusual and sweet!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Super CUTE bunnies in a super Cute basket!
warmly,
deb

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Stephanie, You are amazing and these little bunnies are just too cute. The book looks so sweet. Thank you for sharing the steps to your project.
Wishing you a blessed day.
Hugs, CM

CatTales said...

I adore the bunnies and the delightful fabrics. I am so ready for spring and color!

20 North Ora said...

Cute, cute project.

Judy

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

So adorable! The fabrics are so Springy and I love that they have the name Aunt Wiggly! Perfect for a little one's Easter basket!

Vicky Hunt said...

Oh my goodness Stephanie! These adorable bunnies brought a big smile to my face. I absolutely love the fabrics you chose and that basket is the cutest thing ever! You are so creative...:) I hope you have a lovely evening and Friday!

Hugs, Vicky

living from glory to glory said...

How I love Bunnies and your book is so sweet! I am enjoying sewing as it is still too cold to be outside for too long. Yes, Mr, always needs a Mrs, (Right!) Hugs, Roxy

doodles n daydreams said...

That is a really cute Easter craft idea.

Diana

Scrappy quilter said...

So very creative and such a pretty basket!

Conniecrafter said...

awww your bunnies are so sweet and how great that you made a cute basket for them, love how you quilted it before putting it together

Susan said...

Hi Stephanie...

Adorable, darling, sweet bunnies! You did such a great job. And the basket, too! You are very crafty. I do not think I could do that.

Thanks for your sweet visits, too, by the way. Susan

Nikki said...

Those are ADORABLE!!!!!

Joyful said...

Your Wiggleys and their basket are indeed adorable! Such fun, bright colours for Spring. I've not heard of the storybook you read to your child but it looks like exactly the kind of cosy, children's story that appeals to adults and children alike. xx

Ana said...

Oh Stephanie, the little bunnies are soooo cute. I have been itchin' to make some bunnies for Spring and you have inspired me. Love the little basket too. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Hugs and Blessings,
❤️Ana

My Garden Diaries said...

I have not heard of that book but I am now going to be on the lookout as the beans love Peter Rabbit! And your bunnies!!!! Be still my heart...they are adorable friend! Great job on them!!! And a wonderful weekend to you!!! Nicole xo

Debbie said...

All the fabrics are especially lovely. I like the addition of lace and ribbon, this is the perfect project with Easter coming!!

Wanda said...

They have so much personality...just adorable. You are so talented, and how sweet to share the How To for visual learners.

That why I like cookbooks with picture instructions.

Sending love and hugs

Floppsy, Moppsy and Cottontail... HaHa

HeathersSewingRoom said...

Your bunnies are basket are so sweet. Thanks for the link and tutorial for the basket. They would make a great gift.

Barbara Neubeck said...

... aww... Susan your rabbits are so lovely... I like the fabric you used.... and the basket you made is so pretty... xxx Hugs Barb xxxx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

teeheeeeeee
I am giggling with delight to see these wiggly giggly bunnies! AHAHAHHAHHHAAH! I love rabbits, and these little silhouette charmers are just precious! I WANT TO MAKE ONE THIS WEEKEND!

Sweetest Stephanie, you make me smile. And the little basket you made them is the makings for a TEA COZY! You are almost there...just turn your basket upside down and you have a tea cozy!

Much love and many bunny hugs to you! Anita

Kira Krutulis said...

So, so sweet!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

I adore your Aunt Wiggleys and the basket is absolutely darling! You make me want to sew more than any other blog I read!

Melanie said...

What an adorable project! I had an Uncle Wiggly board game when I was a child. Brings back memories.

Mindy Whipple said...

A cute basket of bunnies just in time for spring! The books sound so fun.

Debbie said...

AND....you make everything look so easy ;)

Birgitta said...

So lovely, adorable and so cute!

Wilma said...

The bunnies are so cute, Stephanie.
Wonderful crafting project, and a lot of possibilities indeed.

Hugs, Wilma.

Cranberry Morning said...

Those are just darling, Stephanie, and I love the basket hutch. :-)

Faye Henry said...

Very sweet.. Love them.. xo

Linda Walker said...

What a sweet project! Love the spring colors! These little bunnies look adorable in your basket!
xo
Linda

The Mayo Family said...

Those are so sweet!
Thank you for the basket tutorial...very nice!
Love~
Maggie

bj said...

OOO, I am in BUNNY ENVY...these are so adorable...happy...fun...
You are so smart to be so young and know how to sew so well. Wonderful!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

One of my favorite things in the Spring time are bunnies and bunny decor. You did a great job creating these bunnies and the little basket too. I'll have to keep an eye out for Uncle Wiggily. I have never heard of the book or character. I hope you have a great weekend, Stephanie!

Monika MW said...

Hi Stephanie, sweet idea. Thank you very much for sharing tutorial. Lovely colors rabbits and bascet.
Hugs to you.

Poppy said...

Hi Stephanie,

Had never heard of Uncle Wiggly, until now, and what a lovely way to be introduced to this character, through your sweet and charming bunnies and basket!

Have a lovely weekend!

Hugs,
Poppy

Camille said...

SO cute! You are one creative girl. :) Hugs, Camille

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Stephanie, these are just the most adorable little rabbits with sweet fabric! And I just love your little basket! Brings me back to my quilting days, which at times I miss. Beautifully made and just so precious! Thanks for sharing these little darlings, and yes, what a precious book!! Hugs!

mamasmercantile said...

Love those cute rabbits, the fabrics are sensational.

Carol Z said...

Aunt Wigglys are so, so cute. You are beyond talented and I am enjoying the sweet things you sent. Hugs and happy wishes!

Miss Michelle said...

I've never read Uncle Wiggly. I absolutely love children's book so I'll definitely check that out. :D Those little bunnies are just the cutest thing! And all of your fabric choices are simply delightful.:)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah Stephanie beautiful work, and thanks for taking the time to pop over too, you are a treasure!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards blog}

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Girlfriend! Your talent is amazing! These are the cutest rabbits I've seen. So sweet! I'm catching up today :)

Jill said...

These projects are adorable! Haha, I may have to call any girly looking rabbits Aunt Wiggly from now on. Love the tutorial! I've got some batting I need to use up!

Susan Clayton said...

Adorable. Yes I know Uncle Wiggly. Howard Garis his creator was a good friend of Robert Frost. Imagine. The family were prolific writers. He wrote at least some of the Motor Boys series also. His wife wrote Bobbsey Kids books. Now, in the spirit of Uncle Wiggly, If I don't feed the cats before the ground hog comes out to sun, there will be no chocolate cake for dessert!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

These are adorable!

JES said...

Just charming! The fabrics you chose, the bunnies and the baskets. I love them all! Thank you for linking up your lovelies on the Art of Home-Making Mondays Stephanie! :)

Jann Olson said...

These are precious and I love the fabrics! Cutest Aunt Wiggleys ever! I use to have that board game. Wonder what ever happened to it? lol! Love the basket as well and the tutorial is fabulous! Thanks for sharing these cuties with SYC. I will be featuring you next week.
hugs,
Jann

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Love your sweet bunnies and your very pretty basket!!! :) Happy sweet day! xo Holly

stylesofcooking said...

What a lovely couple of projects. I love the fabric you've used. Popping by from J&J

Jess said...

Oh my gosh. This is SO cute! :)

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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