I’ve noticed more and more embroidered crafts online, have you? I used to embroider – a lot, and Rebekah Meier’s Embroidered Easter Eggs are like visiting with an old friend. If you’ve wanted to try embroidery, or maybe dust off your needlework skills, these Embroidered Easter Eggs are a good place to start. Rebekah’s designs use a simple backstitch and French knot, and these easy-to-follow video tutorials clearly explain the stitches. If you’ve wanted to try embroidery, I don’t think you can go wrong with these pretty Embroidered Eggs.
To make Embroidered Easter Eggs, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” Eggs
- Natural, bamboo batting, ½ yd. (Rebekah uses Fairfield Nature-fil Bamboo Batting)
- Fabric dye: Tan, yellow, rose pink (Rebekah uses Rit® Liquid Dye)
- Embroidery Floss: Pink, light blue, cream, gold, brown, green, lavender
- Fabric adhesive
- Tools needed: Scissors; pinking shears; serrated knife; measuring cup; plastic containers; rubber gloves; rubber band; disappearing marker; embroidery needle; tape measure
(Note: A backstitch and French knots were used for all embroidery stitching. If you’re not familiar with these stitches, you’ll find these video tutorials super helpful.)
To make Embroidered Easter Eggs:
1. Dye the quilt batting:
- Note: The dye recipes are for an 18” square of quilt batting. To dye more fabric, increase measurements accordingly.
- In a plastic container, mix 4 C. very hot tap water with the specified amount of dye (see recipes below).
- With gloved hands, place an 18″ square of quilt batting in the dye mixture and mix until fabric is completely saturated with dye.
- Immediately remove batting from the dye mixture and gently wring out excess water.
- For fluffy batting, place into clothes dryer until completely dry.
- Tan: ½ cap Tan
- Pink: 1 cap Tan, 2 caps Rose Pink
- Yellow: 1 cap Tan, 2 caps Yellow
2. Stretch a rubber band around a foam egg vertically. Use a disappearing marker to draw a line next to the rubber band, all around the length of the egg. Use the side edge of scissors or a serrated knife to score the traced line.
3. Place the pattern on the dyed batting, and trace around it twice for each egg. Cut out the batting pieces.
4. For each egg, you will embroider one of the batting pieces. Referring to the embroidery diagrams, draw the designs onto the center of the batting pieces with a disappearing marker.
5. Thread the needle with three strands of embroidery floss and stitch the designs. Refer to the photo to change colors as needed.
6. Center the embroidered batting on the front of a foam egg. Using the edge of the scissors or a serrated knife, gently push the batting down into the egg along the scored line you made in Step 2.
7. Repeat Step 6, adding the second piece of batting to cover the back of the egg. You will cover the seam in the next step, so it doesn’t need to be perfect.
8. Using pinking shears, cut a ¼” strip from the dyed batting. Pin and glue one end to the top of the egg, and wrap the strip around the egg, covering the seam. Pin at the top, form a loop, and pin and glue the other end in place. Trim off excess.
9. Tie a ¼” strip of batting in a bow, and glue to the top of the egg.
Have you noticed more and more embroidered projects popping up online? I have some old embroidery and cross-stitch patterns that I hope to return to one of these days . . . how about you?