Searching for and collecting Easter eggs for a basket is a time-honored rite: discovering an egg in a hidden place is like finding a treasure for most kids. We thought it would be fun to create keepsake felt eggs which could be personalized in decoration and used year after year. It's a simple enough craft that even those of us who can barely manage to sew on a button can handle it. It's also a great craft for older kids who are beginning to learn how to sew. And since these eggs are made from recycled eco-felt instead of plastic, they're green as can be and reusable. So decorate these pretty little Easter goodies any way you want and prepare for some extra shrieks of excitement when they are discovered in their hiding place! Read on for simple instructions for making keepsake felt Easter eggs.
1. Gather your materials.
- eco-felt in a variety of colors (available at crafts stores like Michael’s and online)
- embroidery needle
- embroidery thread
- eco-friendly fiber fill (optional, but highly recommended; also available at crafts stores and online)
- beads, buttons, or other decorations
- egg templates (find these online or create your own, in one or two sizes)
2. Cut out your eggs.
Using an egg template, cut out two eggs.
3. Design your eggs.
At this point, decide how you want to decorate your egg. You can sew on buttons or beads (please do not use these or any other small objects if you have very small children who could choke on them), sew a zigzag pattern, or sew on another layer of felt in a contrasting color.
4. Sew your eggs.
Place both egg shapes on top of each other. Start by threading your needle with a knot on the end. Insert the first stitch on the underside of one of the eggs — this way, the knot will be hidden. Using a whipstitch, continue hand-sewing around the egg until you are about 3/4ths of the way around the egg.
5. Stuff your eggs.
Stuff your eggs if you are using the fiber fill. The filled eggs are good for hiding and playing. You can also use unfilled felt eggs for place settings or attach a hook on the back for hanging.
6. Finish your eggs.
Finish sewing around the rest of the egg. Make a very small knot after the last stitch and trim any loose tails.