Continue the Easter theme and make these Easter Eggs, perfect for hanging on trees and decorating your home. A great way to use up scraps of fabric. Watch the corresponding YouTube tutorial: How To Make: DIY Easter Eggs.
For this tutorial you will need:
– Wadding (optional)
– Template (download: Easter Bird & Egg Pattern)
Equipment you might find useful:
– Chalk or Removable Pen
We decided to quilt the fabric prior to working with it, we used a lightweight cotton wadding and completed rows of stitching 1/4″ (5mm) apart. The quilting and wadding will support the fabric and provide a smoother finish to the shape. If you decide against quilting your fabric we would recommend interfacing the fabric for support.
New to quilting? Check out our video: How To: Quilt Fabric.
Draw around the template on the wrong side of the fabric. Use chalk or a removable pen. This is the stitching line, the pattern does not have seam allowances added.
Draw around the shape 4 times. We have traced the pattern piece onto card for ease.
Draw a seam allowance around the stitching line that measures 1/4″ (5mm). Complete for 4 shapes and cut along the seam allowance line.
Position two of the shapes together with the right sides together. Pin along the stitching lines starting at the two points.
Stitch from point to point on the sewing machine using a stitch length of 1.5mm. Back stitch at the start and end.
Complete for both pinned shapes.
Trim the seam allowances to 1/8″ (3mm) on the seams that have been stitched.
Cut a piece of ribbon or cord that measures 6″ (15cm), fold in half with the right sides on the outside. Position the ribbon at the top of the egg, take one of the sewn pieces and place the ribbon on top of the seam, make sure the ribbon is on the right side of the fabric and the raw edge of the ribbon is flush with the raw edge of the fabric. Baste or tack in position if required.
If you are working with a directional printed fabric, make sure that the ribbon is at the top of the print.
Place the two sewn shapes together, with the right sides together place one shape inside the other. Match the stitching lines together starting at the points and working along the lines. Make sure the ribbon stays between the two layers on the top edge.
Stitch one seam on the sewing machine from point to point using a small 1.5mm stitch length. Stitch on the drawn stitching line, back stitch at the start and end.
For the final seam leave a gap between the two notches, this should measure about 1″ (2.5cm) in width and be in the centre of the shape. Back stitch at the start and end of the stitching.
Trim the seam allowances down to 1/8″ (3mm). Do not trim down the ribbon.
Turn the shape around to the right side through the gap.
Add stuffing, (100% polyester toy stuffing) into the shape.
Once you have added enough stuffing fasten the gap using a ladder stitch by hand. Choose a thread that blends in with the fabric, this stitch should be invisible. If you are new to sewing the ladder stitch, watch our corresponding video: How To: Invisible Stitching.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and had fun making these Easter Eggs! Watch the detailed video tutorial on our YouTube page: How To Make: DIY Easter Eggs.
Have you seen our Easter birds tutorial and blog post: Make Easter Birds.