Easter is by far one of my favorite holidays and now more than ever since I have a child of my own. What isn’t to love about the coming of spring, candy, or a giant meal with family? Marian is still a little young to enjoy candy or dyeing eggs but of course I still want to be able to give her a fantastic Easter experience. Last year I wove a basket for her first Easter and this year I designed a quick stuffed egg rattle I know she will just love (as will our cats). Of course the eggs don’t have to be rattles. They can easily be made for display, or by adding a ribbon they can be hung as decorations.
The eggs take about 10 minutes each and not much longer than that if you’re making a bunch at a time. They’re also a great stash buster as you really only need scraps to complete them. Before we begin, one note on fabric choices. The eggs can be made with almost anything but if you’re a stickler for shape and perfection like I am, I found stiff fabrics work the best. When you buy some high quality quilting cottons you’ll notice they have a slight stretch to them (Kona cotton comes to mind) which is awesome for almost any other project but on the eggs a stiffer cotton will help you achieve that perfect egg shape with no warping or stretching. If you want to make the eggs into rattles all you need to do is insert a rattle or bell piece during the stuffing process. I buy my inserts from American Felt and Craft and for this particular project I used their Jingle Balls but another great (and washable) option is their Mini Rattle insert. One last note, when printing the template file make sure to print it at the exact size with no scaling and for the most durable template print it out on cardstock.
- Solid cotton
- Pattern cotton
- Fiber fill
- Rattle insert (optional)
- Embroidery floss
- Easter Egg Rattle Template (click here to download)
- Fabric marking pen
- Hand sewing needle
1. Cut 2 pieces from the egg template in a solid fabric, and cut 2 more from a patterned fabric.
2. Pin 1 solid piece and 1 pattern piece together, right sides facing, and repeat with the remaining 2 pieces of fabric in the exact same way (if the pattern is on the bottom and the solid is on the top make the second set the same with the pattern on the bottom and the solid on the top).
3. Stitch down the right side of 1 set with a 3/8″ seam and unpin. Stitch down the right side of the second set but this time leave about a 1″ to 1 1/2″ gap in the stitching on the straight part of the egg. This will be where the egg is stuffed later on. Notch the curved seams. (If you’re unfamiliar with seam notching it’s just tiny V shaped notches cut into the seam allowance to allow the fabric on a curve to bend more freely. Just be careful not to cut too close to the seam or the fabric will fray and split over time.)
4. Open up both egg halves and pin together, right sides facing, matching up the top and bottom seams on both halves. Stitch around with a 3/8″ seam and notch the seams on the curved parts of the egg.
5. Flip the egg right side out through the hole in the side and then stuff halfway with fiber fill. If making the egg into a rattle, insert the rattle piece now and then continue stuffing. Work the rattle insert around inside the egg so it becomes nested inside the fiber fill and isn’t poking out any one side. If not making the egg into a rattle, just completely stuff the egg.
6. To close the hole use an invisible ladder stitch. Insert the needle into the hole and poke it through at the top of the gap. Make small stitches on either side of the hole that are even and look like straight laced sneakers.
8. When you get to the end of the hole pull the thread tight to close it up. To finish, double knot the thread around a stitch in the seam. Poke the needle down into the seam next to the knot and then stick the needle out the side of the egg. Gently tug on the thread to ease the knot down into the seam and then cut the thread.
You’re done! I hope you enjoy making your little eggs and as always, let me know if you have any questions or feel free to share your experiences here or share photos with everyone on Facebook or Instagram!