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
- 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
scissors, ruler, pins, embroidery needle, disappearing fabric marker, foam brush, measuring cup, spoon, two plastic containers
- 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.