An adorable fabric Easter egg would be such a cute gift to make and tuck inside an Easter basket for someone you love! This pattern is from Sweetbriar Sisters called Charming Chicks & Zipper Eggs. The egg is fully lined and unzips to reveal a baby chick!
The fabrics are some that I found in my stash. I also used Pellon fusible fleece for the wings and decided that I wanted something a little more sturdy for the egg and used Pellon Fusible Thermolam Plus (TP971F). It seems to have a little more thickness to it than the fusible fleece.
Making the chick:
I copied the templates onto printable freezer paper sheets, like these*. Freezer paper is one of my very favorite sewing tools! You can also use the rolls that you find in the grocery store but this particular one is already cut to 8 1/2″ x 11″ to use in your inkjet printer. It is so nice that you don’t have to trace all the patterns…just print and cut!
Once the patterns are cut out, iron them onto your fabric. I couldn’t resist using a cheerful, yellow polka dot print for the chick! See the arrow that says grain line? It needs to align in the same direction as the selvage edge. This is so there will not be much stretch in that direction. This is really important when making clothes!
For the ‘reverse’ pattern that I needed, I ironed the pattern onto the back of the fabric. One of the wonderful things about freezer paper is that you can reuse the pattern over and over again and it just peels right off when you need to remove it, without any sticky residue left on your fabric.
Cut out all of your pieces, transfer the pattern markings and then you are ready to sew!
Follow the instructions in the pattern to sew the chick and then he is finished! I used black thread for the eyes and just made a cross stitch instead of using safety eyes. You could also just use a black fabric marker.
Making the egg:
Cut out your pattern pieces from your egg fabric and lining, along with the interfacing pieces. There was a helpful note to label the bottom egg pieces and the top egg pieces since they are so similar in size. Iron the interfacing on the outside pieces and you are ready to start constructing the egg!
The instructions are very easy to follow, however, I had a problem with trying to figure out the last step with the lining. They had a link in the pattern that would show you a video and photos of this last step, but I just wasn’t thrilled with having to hand sew the entire opening closed while trying to keep the 1/4″ seam tucked under while sewing. This is what I did so that in the end, I only had to sew a 4″ section closed by hand. After sewing one side of the lining as stated in the directions, I then brought the lining over to the other side completely covering the egg. See how it looks like a taco? All of the egg is stuffed between the interfacing on one side and the lining piece. Sew from the top to the bottom, leaving about a 4″ opening in the middle which should fall over the zipper.
Turn the lining right side out and now you just need to sew this small section closed by hand. Turn the egg right side out and your chick and egg are complete!
I hope you enjoyed seeing this Easter egg with baby chick toy! I think I may just leave mine sitting in this cute nest for my Easter decorating this year!
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