Stay home and SEW! Enjoy this fun and easy tutorial for you to make felt Easter egg decorations with the kids.
This is an ideal first sewing project for children, letting them get to know the sewing machine and have a play with some of the different stitches. Once made up, you can use them to decorate your garden, or Easter Tree. Use them as part of your Easter Egg Hunt, or hang them like bunting!
We've provided two sizes of template, the larger one is ideal for kids who are new to sewing to practice on and the smaller one is a nice size for adults or older kids to work with. I prefer the smaller size for hanging on the Easter Tree.
Suitable for children aged 6+ with close supervision.
You will need:
- An A4 sheet of felt per egg
- 15cm of thin ribbon
- A marking tool
- Contrast thread
- Sewing Machine with some decorative stitches
- Scissors or pinking shears
- Download the Template here
- Optional - Toy Stuffing
Step One - Cut out your felt using your template
Fold your felt in two, then draw round your template using an air erasable felt tip or chalk marker. Roughly cut out your two layers together, you don't have to be particularly careful at this stage as we will be trimming down the finished egg later.
Step Two - Draw on Guidelines for Sewing
Using your fabric marker, draw on straight lines across one of the egg shapes, approximately 1.5-2cm apart. For younger children, make the spaces 2cm for ease.
If you are using an air erasable marker, it might be worth drawing a couple of lines at a time to make sure they don't fade before you get to sew them. Drawing over the lines multiple times, or pressing hard will also help the lines from fading too quickly.
Step Three - Find some interesting stitches on your sewing machine.
Most modern sewing machines come with some interesting and decorative stitches, even the very basic ones. For the pink egg I'm sewing here, I've used the Innovis F420, which has lots of decorative stitches, but even a basic model, like the XR27NT mechanical machine I use in the Vlog tutorial has a selection of pretty stitches!
Step Five - Follow the Lines
Starting in the middle, follow each line drawn on the piece of felt with your chosen stitch. It can help to start sewing a few mm into the fabric so that the edge of the fabric doesn't get pulled down by the needle.
Depending on how many different stitches your machine has, you might need to repeat some designs a couple of times. Let the kids choose each style and let them do their best at keeping the felt feeding through the machine in a straight line. If it does go wobbly, remember - it doesn't matter at all.
The computerised machine range by Brother all have a Speed Control Function, ideal for working with young children. You can limit the speed, making the machine go so slowly, and without fear that a tap of the foot pedal with have it zoom off by accident. Get in touch for more details!
Step Five - Sew the two felt pieces together and attach the hanging loop
Make a loop with your ribbon and sandwich it between the two layers of felt at the top of the egg. To sew your two felt shapes together you can choose to use either a triple stitch, which gives a nice bold stitch, a standard straight stitch of a zigzag stitch. Line up the edge of your felt with the inside edge of your machines foot and carefully follow the curve around.
If you start at the top of the egg, you can catch the ribbon straight away and you don't have to worry about it as you sew. When you get back to where you started sewing, overlap the stitches by a few mm and back stitch to secure.
Step Six - Trim and tidy the raw edges
Using fabric scissors, or pinking shears if you have them, carefully cut around the border line of stitching to neaten the edges and remove any loose threads. Be careful not to cut too close to the stitching.
And your done! Repeat as many times as you like to make a whole string of them to hang up and decorate your home for Easter, or hang on the Easter Tree. My daughter love to use them to hang in the garden and play egg hunts!
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