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Pocket felt eggs: Eco-friendly Easter

felt eggs

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art.

I am making every attempt to not buy plastic eggs this year. So far, none have crossed my threshold, but many alternatives have. I started working on these felt pocket eggs weeks ago. I am not a sewer. I don’t even own a sewing machine, but these are really easy to hand sew and only took a couple evenings for me to do once the kiddos were asleep.

Material:
felt sheets, in an assortment of colors
embroidery thread and needle
scissors
hot glue or tacky glue- depending who’s doing the gluing
decor for eggs- buttons, ribbon, gems, googly eyes, more felt

Instructions:
1. Fold your felt in half and cut egg shapes out. That way you get two of the same size and shape to sew together. You can use a cardboard cut out and sharpie to trace if needed. I started that way and eventually ditched it, free hand was easier for me.

2. Cut the top layer in a zig-zag or wave cut to make a pocket opening and sew the two layers together.

3. Once you have them all sewn they can be decorated. This is when I brought in the kids. I cut felt shapes to add on and we also used googly eyes to make a chick, ribbon, buttons, sequins…really anything works to pretty up an Easter egg.

 felt eggs

I love these eggs because not only will we still have our Easter egg hunt without consuming the plastic eggs, but these felt eggs can be used every year and passed on to my grandchildren (okay, thinking way far ahead, but you get the idea). They are special. To see more alternative to plastic eggs that will be found in my yard this year, check out Green Owl Art. I have a golden egg that is sure to cause much excitement.

Join the discussion!

Will you be having an Easter egg hunt this year? Do you use real eggs or other alternatives?

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4 Responses to Pocket felt eggs: Eco-friendly Easter

  1. Marieke April 4, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    What a great idea! I love it. 🙂

  2. Jadah Sellner April 4, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    I am loving the alternatives to plastic Easter Eggs! And I think it’s great to establish a tradition that you can pass down to your children and grandchildren. I still have my baby Christmas ornament that my mother sewed for me.

    • Wendie April 4, 2012 at 9:42 am #

      I love this idea! I think my six year old would be able to help! I agree it would be a wonderful tradition to pass down the generations! It’s definitely a great alternative to the China produced plastic eggs!

  3. Rachelle | TinkerLab April 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Oh, I just love these, Melissa! And I know what you mean about creating heirlooms that can be passed down the grandkids. Beautiful. I’m adding this to our Easter to-do list.

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