Every Christmas, Kathleen George’s Sweater Ornaments are one of the most popular tutorials on Crafts ‘n Coffee, so I am excited that Kathleen is sharing her DIY, Embroidered Sweater Eggs today. Now, these would be pretty enough made with soft, pastel sweaters, especially if you’re lucky enough to find sweaters with cables and other designs. However, Kathleen sweetened the deal and embroidered her Sweater Eggs. The details are beautiful! So, run out to your second-hand store, or search in the back of your sweater drawer for some forgotten sweater, and DIY a few Sweater Eggs!
To make Embroidered Sweater Eggs, you will need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” eggs
- Old sweater
- Persian wool, one length each of light green, dark green, peach and purple
- Optional: Pearl head pins for flower centers
- Tools needed: Scissors; rubber bands; fine tip marker; pencil; table knife or 1″ putty knife; tapestry needle
To make Embroidered Sweater Eggs:
1. Mark the top and bottom of the egg with the pencil, and using these points, center a rubber band around the egg from top to bottom. Using a sharp pencil, score a line around the egg, using the rubber band as your guide.
2. Move the rubber band and repeat, dividing the egg into four equal quarters.
3. Carefully score the lines again and mark them with the marker to be sure you can clearly see the grooves.
4. Using the pattern, cut four pieces from the sweater. Hint: If your sweater has cables or other designs, cut your pieces to incorporate these.
5. Cover each section on the egg with a piece of sweater fabric:
- Center a fabric piece over the corresponding scored section on the egg.
- Position the knife blade on the fabric directly over a scored line.
- Keeping the knife as straight as possible, gently push the fabric seam allowance straight into the scored line on the ball.
- Alternate between sides as you tuck in the sweater fabric, and be sure to keep the fabric smooth.
- Add the other fabric pieces in the same manner.
- When egg is covered, use small scissors to carefully trim away any excess fabric and threads.
6. Embroider your eggs. Needle ‘n Thread has excellent video tutorials for lots of stitches, so if you’re unfamiliar with these embroidery stitches, be sure to check out Mary’s tutorials. You can also change up the stitches and designs to suit your preferences. Here’s how Kathleen decorated her eggs:
- The peach flowers are made with the daisy stitch.
- The purple flowers are made with the Algerian star stitch.
- Add stems and leaves with the running stitch.
- For the flower centers, add French knots, or simply insert pearl head pins instead.
Aren’t they lovely? Last year, Rebekah Meier shared her Embroidered Easter Eggs with us.
This might be my last Easter craft this year . . . Have you already wrapped up your Easter crafts and decorated your eggs? I don’t want to rush the season, but I don’t want to show a “must-make” fabulous idea two days before Easter, either!
Happy spring crafting!