Vintage Bunny Tea Towels

By  Mary Ayres 

Just in time for Easter, embellish a purchased dishtowel with a sweet appliquéd bunny for a great kitchen accessory.

  • Closeup View
  • Vintage Bunny Tea Towels


  • Blue and white dishtowels, two
  • Wool felt: ivory; sage green; light brown
  • Assorted flat buttons: colored (flowers), 5/8" to 7/8", six; ivory (eyes), 3/16", two; white (for ribbon on towels), 5/8" to 3/4", two
  • Pink ribbon, 1/2", 2 yds.
  • Light pink embroidery floss


  • Pinking shears
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and light pink thread
  • Tea bags and pan with water for tea dyeing (optional)

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, straight pins

Pattern - Vintage Bunny Tea Towels

  • Note
  • 1. Tea dye towels, wool felt, and ribbon for a vintage look if desired. Press fabric and wool felt as needed. Use three strands floss for all embroidery.
  • Bunny Tea Towel
  • 1. Machine-sew ribbon across front of towel 1/2" from bottom edge, turning raw ends under at sides of towel. (Note: Sew close to finished edges of ribbon.)
  • 2. Print out patterns. Cut bunny from ivory felt and grass from green felt, cutting grass with pinking shears. (Note: Cut grass along dotted line inside bunny.) Pin shapes to center front of dish towel, following photo.
  • 3. Blanket stitch around outside edges of bunny and grass. (Note: Blanket stitch going in opposite direction with loops between indentations in pinked edge.)
  • 4. Sew ivory button eye to bunny's head at dot indicated on pattern. Sew three colored buttons to grass for flowers, knotting thread ends on top of buttons. Sew white button to center of ribbon on bottom of towel, knotting thread ends on top of button.
  • 5. Tie small ribbon bow and sew to bunny's neck.
  • 6. For brown bunny towel, follow same instructions as ivory bunny, using brown felt for bunny, facing bunny in opposite direction.
  • Tip
  • 1. Appliqué bunny pattern to other surfaces, such as aprons, pot holders, and placemats.