Monday, March 21, 2016

Embroidered Easter Egg Tags


I used to love decorating Easter eggs with my daughters. They're grown and gone now, so making a mess by myself just isn't as much fun. This year, I came up with a little needlework project to satisfy my Easter egg craving--and bring some much-needed spring color into the house.


These embroidered Easter egg tags can be used as Easter basket labels, ornaments, or cards. They're easy to make from scraps of pretty fabric, embroidery floss, and a few basic craft supplies.


To begin, choose a piece of fabric from your stash and a few colors of coordinating embroidery floss. Cut a 6-inch square from the fabric and iron a piece of extra-firm fusible interfacing to the back. It will stabilize the fabric and minimize fraying on the edges. Lightly trace an egg shape (mine is 3 1/4 inches tall) on the fabric and pop it in a small embroidery hoop.


Thread a large-eyed needle with four strands of floss and back-stitch over the designs on the fabric. Add French knots or other decorative stitches to create extra texture. Be sure to keep your stitching about 1/8 inch from the pencil lines that mark your egg outline.


When your embroidery is finished, cut out the egg with a sharp scissors and cut away any excess threads on the back.


Cut a tag from a piece of heavyweight colored paper and use a piece of double-stick tape to hold the embroidered egg in place on the front. Sew the egg to the tag with running stitch. Work carefully; paper is less forgiving than fabric.


After you sew the embroidered egg to the tag, cut a larger egg shape from card stock. (It should be large enough to cover the stitching on the back of the card.) Use hand-lettering or a rubber stamp to add an Easter sentiment to the paper egg, and then fasten it to the tag with double-stick tape.


Add a metal eyelet and ribbon and your tag is ready for Easter gift-giving or decorating.

21 comments:

  1. Your Easter tags are really beautiful! I co-host a blog party on Monday's called Cooking and Crafting with J & J at Julie's Lifestyle. I would love to have you come and share this with us. Thanks.
    Julie

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    1. Thank you, Julie, and thanks for the invitation! Heading to your blog party now . . .

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  2. These are so stunning! Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned to share.
    ~Laurie

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  3. These are beautiful! Your embroidered touches are so pretty. Pinned and Tweeted.

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    1. Stopping back by to let you know I'll be featuring your lovely embroidered tags at this week's Snickerdoodle Sunday Party.

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    2. Wow, thank you! Can't wait for the next party.

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  4. Awesome Easter tags! I absolutely love them! Thanks for sharing great tutorial.
    Have a nice week and a Happy Easter!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Ana!! Happy Easter to you too!

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  5. These are lovely, going to pin. Thank you it's a great idea & that fabric is gorgeous

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    1. Thanks, Maura! Found your blog and started following.

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  6. Beautiful! You did a great job!

    If you have time, I would love for you to come and share this post over at the Really Crafty link party that is live right now! http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/03/welcome-to-the-really-crafty-link-party-11.html).

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    1. Thank you, Teresa--and thanks for the invitation.

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    2. Thank you for linking up! Pinned!

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    3. Hi, just to let you know this post was one of this week's party features: http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.pt/2016/03/the-really-crafty-link-party-11-featured-posts.html

      Congratulations and Happy Easter!

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  7. I can remember taking an embroidery class in middle school in the 70's. I am so glad to see a craft where I can use it!

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    1. Thanks, Sherry! It's so nice to hear from someone who was also in middle school in the '70s.

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  8. Aww...these are just too cute!

    I would LOVE for you join and share this at my DIY and Recipes FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thanks for the invitation, Jess! Heading there now.

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  9. This is such a great idea! I would have never thought of how something so simple could transform these into such a gorgeous and elegant tags! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! We hope you link up again this week!!

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