It is so wonderful when a lifetime of crafting with your children comes together. We have decorated for Easter with our collection of bunnies and special eggs sitting among grass in our glass compote bowl and are looking forward to a day without rain to choose the branches for our annual Easter egg tree. We purchase one egg per child every year to add to our collection but sometimes the choices are hard to make. My children admired some stuffed felt Easter eggs but ultimately made another choice for marbled eggs. Could they have their cake and eat it too became could they buy these marbled Easter eggs and still have the padded felt Easter eggs for their tree too?
The answer was yes. We could make them ourselves and with some fabric glue we could make tonight without even sewing.
Materials for No Sew Felt Easter Egg Crafts:
Scissors (and pinking shears are even better)
Filler (batting or other alternatives)
Buttons, sequins and more
Ribbon or pipe cleaners for hangers
Steps for No Sew Felt Easter Egg Crafts:
This first step is to decide on the size of the Easter egg desired. Ours were about four inches tall by two and a half inches wide. Create a template of an egg on heavy paper.
Make it larger than you desire keeping these three things in mind. One, you will need to have a glued edge and two that you need some room for stuffing them. Third, you will cut the fabric on the inside of the marker lines so allow for that too.
Trace your template with a marker onto your felt and cut it out. You will need two pieces per Easter egg craft. While scissors are just fine, if you have pinking shears, these make fun edges for your no sew craft too.
How will you “stuff” your eggs?
If you have quilt batting, great, but there are many alternatives including cotton balls or even shredded newspaper. We used graffiti paper from our New Year’s Eve centerpiece. Yes, crafters constantly reuse and recycle.
So now you have your felt egg shapes and your stuffing is ready. Here comes the fabric glue. Obviously you could hand stitch or machine stitch these felt Easter eggs but if like me you’re working with a younger age group or limited time, fabric glue is your friend.
Demonstrate how to spread the fabric glue around the edges, and seriously right on the edges. It takes practice so be patient with little hands. Once the fabric glue is in place, the stuffing can be place in the middle. Once the top felt piece is in place, the stuffing can be “massaged” evenly.
Now comes the “hangers.” Whether you’re going to hang your felt Easter eggs on a tree or a doorknob, you’ll need a hanger. Take the ribbon or pipe cleaner and make a loop and insert it into the top of the Easter egg. Add more fabric glue down the chute and press.
Now the Easter fun begins.
Fabric Easter eggs are already cute but they are begging to be decorated. Polka dots, stripes or any felt decorations in other colors are fun. You can also add a variety of decorations from buttons to sequins to tiny wooden cutouts. The idea is to add both color and texture. Patterns are fun but young crafters may create a random assortment of decorations and this is just perfect too.
The beauty of this craft is that makers of any age can have fabric Eggs in minutes without sewing. Besides the felt, the rest of the process allows for many options to use what you have on hand making this a versatile, inexpensive and fun Easter craft. Want more successful tips on Creating an Easter Egg Tree?