Today was a sunny day here in Dublin and I felt like playing with Easter and spring colours. These Easter ornaments demonstrate three easy ways to decorate egg shaped felt pieces. What I loved about this project is it allows to go absolutely nuts when it comes to mixing colours and patterns. I may even keep going and end up with enough felt eggs to make an Easter garland, who knows?
This is an easy project, the only tricky bit being fitting the ribbons at the back of the yellow egg. Each egg should take about one hour to complete, this is an ideal on-going-sewing-in-front-of-Criminal-Minds project. Here is a step by step tutorial for the three Easter felt ornaments.
What you will need for this project
- Egg template downloadable for free here.
- Felt in yellow, light pink and light blue, each piece approximately 12×7 cm (4.7×2.7”).
- Embroidery thread matching each felt colour.
- Tiny buttons in assorted colours suitable for the light pink felt. Mines are 5mm (0.2”) and I used 16 of them.
- Brads in assorted colours suitable for the light blue felt. Mines are 8mm ( 0.4”) and I used 14 of them.
- Selection of 4 different ribbons in colour suitable for the yellow felt. You’ll need approximately 7cm (2.7”) of each ribbon.
- Three pieces of twine, each approx. 26 cm – 10.2”. Here I used assorted colours.
- Sewing thread to match each of your ribbon and button.
1 – Cut out the felt pieces
Using the egg template provided, cut out two pieces of each colour of felt: light pink, light blue and yellow. You’ll end up with 6 pieces of felt.
2 – Blue spotty egg
Spots are made with brads. Make a tiny hole where you want to position the brad with pointy scissors, insert the brad in the hole and bend open the ends (see picture 2). Make sure you don’t add the brads anywhere within 4mm (0.1”) from the piece border as this space will be needed for stitching (see picture 3). You can move around the brads ends so they don’t show from the front (see picture 4).
3 – Stitch
Pick some light pink embroidery floss. Using 2 out of 6 threads, sew the two blue egg pieces together using a running stitch. Stitch all around the egg as shown on picture 5. Tip: to secure the two pieces together before you start stitching, you could make a couple of loose stitches (to be removed afterwards) as pins may be tricky to get in because of the brads.
4 – Add the cord
With a larger needle (a tapestry needle would do), pass the twine in the egg below the top stitch and out again (see example on picture 6). Make a knot with the twine ends and you’re done with you first egg.
5 – Stitch the ribbons (yellow egg)
First you need to position the ribbons on the egg front shape and secure them using a couple of loose stitches, as shown on picture 7. Then for each ribbon: pick the matching sewing thread and make some running stitches on the part of the ribbon showing on front (as shown on picture 8). Bend the ribbon ends on the back of the egg and make some whip stitches, making sure they don’t show on the front of the egg (see picture 9).
6 – Finish the yellow egg
Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the yellow egg.
7 – Stitch the buttons (pink egg)
Stitch the buttons all over the front of the pink egg using matching thread (see picture 10). Make sure you don’t add buttons anywhere within 4mm (0.1”) from the piece border as this space will be needed for stitching.
8 – Finish the pink egg
Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the pink egg. You’re all done!