Last week Kate, at Marmalade Moon, asked in a comment if I had any plans to adapt my Christmas decoration for Easter. I am ashamed to say that despite all I said yesterday about how important Easter is in our home, that was an idea that had never passed through my head! Lots and lots of homemade goodies have been given at this time over the years - these were last years gifts:
But for some reason the boys new decoration has always been bought from a shop. Well this year I am glad to say Kate has inspired me to make their decorations and here is a tutorial so that you can all have a go too if you'd like to.
To make your decoration you will need some felted wool ( an old sweater washed on a hot wash is great), some fabric scraps (one solid colour -one shear), a piece of yarn/ coloured string/ribbon and some dried lavender.
Next place your layers of fabric across the centre of one of your egg shapes (laying horizontally). You can do as many layers as you like and use any combination of colours. I used a solid purple underneath and a chiffon layer on top. Stitch a straight line across your layers again horizontally.
Stitch two lines diagonally forming a 'x' across your fabric (see above) - all three lines should meet in the centre. I did my lines freehand but feel free to draw your lines on with tailors chalk first if that helps.
Take your other egg shape piece of felt and spoon in some dried lavender (or other dried fragrant herbs).
Place your top piece of felt (with the bow) over the lavender and stitch the two layers together carefully with a running stitch all around the outside of your egg shape.
Finish off by cutting into your bow to release the edges you have just stitched and ruffling up the layers underneath. You can also snip all your loose ends of cotton if you wish. I used a high contrast white cotton on this version so that the stitching was easy for you to follow but if you use a similar colour to the bow or a decorative thread you can leave the ends to hang attractively each side.
Your decoration is now ready to be hung on your tree or branch, where it will gently perfume your room. Feel free to adjust the size of the bow, what cutting you do or the number of lines of stitching. You could also embellish it with beads or sequins once you have finished - just have fun and enjoy yourselves and don't forget to show me what you come up with!