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Fabric Covered Easter Eggs

March 7th, 2010

Patchwork Egg

Gold Egg


When I taught 9 and 10 year olds in elementary school, one of their favorite art projects was covering egg shells with colored tissue paper. For a month or two every spring, I poked a hole in the top and bottom of each egg that I needed for cooking. I blew the egg out of each shell and saved the shells. When I had enough empty eggs, The children painted the shells with white glue and then covered the eggs with small pieces of colored tissue paper.


I decided to substitute fabric scraps for paper. I used Mod Podge instead of white glue. I suppose that Mod Podge is a type of varnish. I find it less intimidating than varnish, because it is sold in craft stores rather than paint stores and cleans up with water before it dries. It looks like white glue, but it has a plastic smell, like fingernail polish. I like its clear finish when it dries, but white fabric glue would probably work, too.


Because it is thicker, fabric is harder to smooth out than paper. I found that small triangles of fabric are easier to smooth out than squares or irregular shapes. I used small flower prints and checks for my patchwork egg. I covered my gold egg will small triangles of gold lame’ and then added gold braid around the middle.


Next week I have a request for a blog about Toto.




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  1. March 7th, 2010 at 15:56 | #1

    Sherralyn, those eggs are beautiful and the dolls are gorgous. My daughter has a doll collection and after looking at yours, I think I need to add another one. Not sure where I would put it, but yours are beautiful. Truly beautiful.

  2. March 7th, 2010 at 16:30 | #2

    The biggest problem with dolls collections is where to put them. I have two under the bed shoe holders full of dolls.

  3. Damerosehay
    March 9th, 2010 at 07:57 | #3

    So now I know what Mod Podge is – thank you! I have just started a project with some Year 11 students (15 and 16 year olds) to hang paper swallows from a branch (on http://www.frokenskicklig.blogspot.com – she makes wonderful dolls as well). I think that we might swap them for these eggs toward the end of term and have an Easter tree. Thank you for continuing to inspire!

  4. March 9th, 2010 at 18:49 | #4

    Thank you for the link. The her dolls are a delight.

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