Fabric-Dyed Easter Eggs
- Osnaburg or linen fabric, 1/4 yd.
- Papier mâché box, 4-1/2”x7”
- Fiberfill stuffing
- Light tan thread
- Embellishments: lace, buttons, fabric flower
- Old book pages or paper with text
scissors, ruler, pins, embroidery needle, disappearing fabric marker, foam brush, measuring cup, spoon, two plastic containers
- Rit Dye: Golden Yellow, Rose Pink, Tan
- Sewing machine and thread
- Acrylic paints: cream, pink, light yellow
- Aleene’s Matte Collage Pauge
- Paper crinkles or shredded paper
- 1. Use 1/4” seam allowance for all machine stitching. One egg was left un-dyed.
- 1. In plastic container, mix dye and water following manufacturer’s instructions for desired color. In separate containers, mix each color. Test color with scrap fabric and adjust if needed. (Note: Designer used 1/2 cap Tan and 1 cap Rose Pink for pink color; 1/2 cap Tan and 1/2 cap Golden Yellow for yellow color.)
- 2. Cut two 8” linen squares. Dip fabric into dye mixture until desired color is achieved. Remove and let dry. Repeat for remaining square.
- 3. Print out pattern. Trace egg pattern onto double thickness of fabric; cut out on traced line. Repeat for four fabric pieces.
- 4. Position two egg shapes together, aligning edges. Machine stitch, beginning on one dot, and continue sewing to remaining dot, following pattern. Trim seam allowance. Repeat with remaining egg shapes.
- 5. Position two halves right sides facing; match up dots and sew around egg, leaving 1” opening. Turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill. Slip stitch opening closed with thread.
- 6. Wrap egg with vintage lace and sew embellishments on center of lace.
- 1. Apply old book pages to papier-mâché box using collage pauge. Let dry. Drybrush edges of box cream. Paint box with pink and yellow polka dots. Fill box with paper crinkles. Display eggs inside.
by Rebekah Meier