Easy Easter Felt Egg Pouches Craft Tutorial
Every Easter we all hear the same story. It starts with the family traveling to spend Easter with my father’s side of the family in Ohio. Being from Texas and not used to the cold, my grandparents hid Easter eggs for my sister and me all throughout the house. Oh, and they gave me a purple stuffed bunny doll holding a carrot that was bigger than me! They wanted so much for our first ‘Yankee Easter’ to be a smashing success and it was!
For weeks and weeks after they were still finding eggs my sister and I didn’t. It wouldn’t have been such a big deal except they were all real eggs and the smell was apparently really, really bad. The stuff of legends, actually!
So now that there are little ones to hunt eggs in my family my mother buys plastic eggs like crazy, terribly afraid that a child is going to jam a time-release stink bomb somewhere that cannot be found. The plastic ones are okay, but they can be really impersonal and the whole fun of Easter is that it’s an arts and crafts fest of decorating, right? With Easter looming right around the corner, I bought up a bunch of felt and started working on a plastic egg alternative!
For this project you will need:
For the decoration you need any variety of the following:
- felt glue
- embroidery floss in several colors
- pre-cut felt shapes (sold at craft stores)
- rick rack
- fabric markers
- pom poms
- googly eyes
- other decorative items
Print your PDF file and use it to cut out your egg shapes. I cut freezer paper to the size of letter paper and ran it straight through my printer. I then ironed it onto my felt and trimmed out accordingly.
Decorate an egg-shaped cut-out however you see fit. You can either work with a theme or go crazy and do whatever comes to mind.
Prepare for children to work with by providing a variety of decorations and some glue. Here I cut out paisley shapes of yellow felt, embroidered doodles on them in blue, and then embroidered with neon red in the leftover space.
Some other designs I used include: Placing two flower cut-outs together and attaching to my egg with a bright yellow button. Cutting a thick strip of orange felt and tacking on with decorative cross stitches and placing hot pink rick rack top and bottom. Sewing buttons onto circular pieces of felt and then tracing the circles imperfectly with bright, white floss.
While I primarily used methods with sewing, kids have great imaginations and with a decent stash of supplies, I’m sure that they’ll really get after it with a bottle of glue!
Take a blank egg shape and fold in half vertically. Carefully cut a slit around the center of the egg. Since felt doesn’t fray you don’t need to worry about finishing the edges of this, or any other cut in this project.
There are two options for closing up your pouches. One is to stitch closed, the other is to place a ring of felt glue and then put the front and back pieces together. Don’t smash together, though – lightly tap into place and then set to the side. Pushing shoves the glue into the felt and the pieces become hard but don’t adhere. Also, take note that where this glue dries, the felt is going to get hard making it difficult to impossible to stitch through.
If using glue, wait until fully dry before proceeding… Take your pouch and trim any excess felt that appears over the edge from the back piece if needed.
Take ad place candy or other goodies into the slit in the back and prepare to hide this baby away!
And take comfort in knowing that if you find one jammed into the cushions of your couch 3 weeks out, Tootsie Rolls don’t start to stink!