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Posted on: 2/13/05 3:25 AM
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I wrote this up for another sewing site, and thought maybe PR stitchers would like to see it too.

To make your fabric egg pattern, get a real egg [a hard cooked one might be safer to work with, hehe], and a fine tipped black magic marker.

Mark egg into sections: draw a line around the egg lengthwise, dividing it in half. Then divide one half into thirds [use a tape measure or just eye it]. One section is one sixth of the egg.

Next lay tissue paper, a paper towel, or paper napkin over the egg, and trace one of these marked sections [they should be long, slim, and pointed on each end]. Check it over other sections to see that they are about the same. If they aren't, average it out.

Put the egg back in the fridge [anticipate cute and curious questions from household members].

Add 1/4" seam allowances all around your drawn pattern, and cut it out. Each egg will need 6 pieces of fabric cut using this pattern [this could be fun, mixing and matching fabrics for a varigated egg]. Mark the two points on each piece of fabric.

When sewing the sections, right sides together, you won't sew off the edges of the seams, you'll stop sewing where the points were marked. Backstitch to secure seam.

One section will need to have a 1 1/4" opening left in the middle of its seam. This will be where you'll turn the fabric right side out, and stuff it. Then hand sew the opening shut.

Eggs can be embellished with embroidery, beads, fabric paint, etc...all sorts of creative ways.

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I made a 6-section egg from blue satin and it looks pretty nice. I don't have a digital camera yet, or I'd post a photo. Here are some more tips I learned along the way:

Cotton fabric would be easier to work with.

Sew egg sections in pairs first, and leave the opening in one of these.

When sewing the 3 pairs together, take great care to keep other sections pulled out of the way. You'll see your first stitching as you're putting the pairs together, use a pin to line them up at the top and bottom. The beginning and ending stitches of each section should butt right up next to the last section's stitching. The last seam is the trickiest, take your time.

I stuffed mine with polyester fiberfill, a little at a time, until it was pretty firm.

Once you're done hand stitching the opening shut, your egg may have a "dent" or two from handling it. These dents can be filled by fluffing the fiberfill with a needle or pin. Just stick the pin or needle into the egg, and pull the fibers to where they are needed to give the egg a nice shape.

These take a little fussing and a little patience, but they are definitely do-able. I'll display my fabric eggs in a fabric bowl/basket.

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Lizz said...
Cool! Think I'll stitch some up and have them ready for my DGD to stuff when she visits next weekend. She loves to have a project to do while Grandma is sewing. They will look cute in a fabric bowl!
2/14/05 11:57 AM
Lulubelle said...
When you say "Mark the two points on each piece of fabric", do you mean in the seam allowance (ie 1/4" in from the tip of the point)? Many thanks. Lulubellle
3/28/05 2:31 AM
SewVeryTall said...
Lulubelle...yes, mark the point of the original tracing before the seam allowances were added. You'll use the marked point to match to the next piece, and it's where you'll stop your seam line and backstitch.
4/1/05 6:23 AM
Muria said...
My son had to make a "Fabrege egg" for his social studies class a few weeks ago. Wish I'd seen this then! You could also do this with some of the larger plastic eggs that they sell for Easter and have a few different sizes of eggs. Also, making your sixth pattern piece and enlarging it on a copier (before adding seam allowances, of course) would give you a viable pattern for larger eggs. (Larger eggs= more egg to decorate!) I'm tempted to make one for my son's social studies teacher for a year end present now... :) Thanks for the tip!
5/16/05 11:43 PM
SewVeryTall said...
You're welcome :)
5/19/05 6:11 AM
Minya, Warrior Seamstress said...
My mother was bemoaning the fact that we no longer dyed eggs (not true! I love dying things, eggs included, she just doesn't see the finished products anymore!). Fabric eggs would creatively use up remnants, not spoil, and survive being mailed. Ma doesn't know it yet, but you just made her very happy!
1/3/06 7:55 PM
 
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