Fabric Easter Eggs: How to Make Them?
Making the fabric Easter eggs is a real fun. It gives you a great deal of freedom to show your creativity. Playing with different fabrics, mixing up the colours and textures, result in the funny twist to your Easter decorations. Before start, try to think about the theme and carefully choose your fabrics: decide about the palette – smooth, pastel, bold, funky, elegant. It is very effective to combine prints and solids, also you can add ribbons, lace, beads, buttons…Materials:
– 10″w x 5″h Quilting cotton, linen or other non-stretchy woven fabric in one or more prints
– Fiberfill, Nature-fill or other similar polyester or natural stuffing
– Disappearing Ink Pen
– Hand sewing needle
Seam allowances are 1/4″
1. Cut out the pieces. Place pattern piece perpendicular to the fabric selvedge, trace the pattern with disappearing ink and cut four pieces from desired fabric prints. You may cut multiple pieces simultaneously from the same print by folding the fabric over one or more times, cutting up to 4 pieces at once. (Tip: If you’re using a scrap and don’t know which way the selvedge is, test which direction the fabric is stretchiest. The fabric is stretchier going perpendicular to the selvedge, and less stretchy going parallel with the selvedge; you want the stretch going from top to bottom of the egg, not side to side, so your egg doesn’t get too “fat” when you stuff it. Hopefully that makes sense.)
2. Place pieces together for sewing. Always keeping track of which end is “up”, place 2 fabric pieces, right sides together, pinning if desired. Do the same with the remaining two pieces. Transfer the two dots from the pattern to the fabric pieces on top. If using two different fabrics, make sure both pairs have one of each print and that the same print is on the top of both sets.
3. Sew a seam along the right side of one set of egg pieces, from top dot to bottom dot, back stitching at the top and bottom. Do the same with the second set of pieces.
4. Put the two halves together. Turn one set of egg pieces right side out, and place inside the other set of egg pieces, so that right sides are together on the inside.
Match the seams at the top and bottom and pin. (Note the purple ink marks on the lower right hand side in the photo below that indicate where you need to leave a hole for stuffing)
5. Sew the two halves together. Sew around the outside edge of the egg, leaving a 1″ hole on one side for turning and stuffing, back stitching at the beginning and end of the seam.
7. Turn the egg right side out through the hole and it will look something like this.
8. Stuff the egg firmly with poly-fill or other stuffing, and close the hole with small slip stitches/ladder stitches.
Here are some nice examples of fabric Easter eggs. Let’s get some inspiration!