Free-Motion Quilting Bunny Tutorial

Free-motion quilting bunny tutorial

Whether you are stitching on a longarm machine like the fabulous BERNINA Q20 or Q24, or on a domestic machine like my BERNINA 770 QE (with its gorgeous stitch formation), this step-by-step tutorial will have you ready for spring—“Quick like a bunny!”

Free-motion quilting bunny tutorial

Start by doodling the motif several times until you can do so without looking at the tutorial. Then doodle the bunny for a few more minutes to develop muscle memory. Now you are ready to stitch the bunny with smooth stitching lines for an adorable border on any quilt, table runner or tea towel.

Free-motion quilting bunny tutorial
Begin by stitching an oval, leaving a small gap at the bottom

Free-motion quilting bunny tutorial
Stitch a small circle to create the bunny’s tail inside of the oval.

Free-motion quilting bunny tutorial
Echo stitch the left side of the oval, stopping on the top of the oval. Stitching clockwise, add a small round circle.

Free-motion quilting bunny tutorial
Echo stitch the left side of the small circle, stopping on the top.

Free-motion quilting bunny tutorial
Add two small loops for the Bunny’s ears.

Free-motion quilting bunny tutorial
To complete the bunny, echo stitch the circle and the oval and continue along the bottom line to create the next bunny or add other elements like a simple basket and eggs or a row of your favorite spring flowers!


Whenever you are machine quilting, regardless of thread choice, you will probably need to adjust your tension to create the best looking stitch. Always adjust the top tension first, and only adjust the bobbin tension if you cannot achieve a balanced stitch with top tension adjustments alone.

For more step-by-step tutorials, be sure to join me at and check out my new book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 (Martingale, 2017).

Happy, Hoppy Stitching!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: Evening
Used Material: cotton quilt batting, fabric, thread
Seasons: spring
Techniques: free-motion quilting, quilting

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