Eggcellent Egg cosies!
A great Easter project for you this month by the talented Ali Burdon from Very Berry Handmade. Whether you use them to keep your boiled eggs warm or to make a special Easter gift with a mini chocolate egg you can have lots of fun mixing and matching the colours and designs. We’ll hand you over to Ali now for her easy to follow step by step guide;
There’s nothing to beat a boiled egg and soldiers for a special breakfast. These egg cosies will keep your egg lovely and warm whilst you get on with buttering your toast! These Ochre & Ocre polka dot prints (beautifully named Madelaine) will add a sweet spring-like feel to your Easter table.
Seams are 1cm throughout. Trim all seams to approx 5mm after stitching. You will need to download the egg cosy template before you start – remember to deselect the ‘Shrink to Fit’ box in the Print Dialogue box when printing out the template (if you have that option!).
You will need:
About 12cm by 18cm main outer fabric (the Madelaine polka dot fabric in my versions)
About 25cm by 16cm for the trim, tag and lining (I used coordinating stripes from the Ochre and Ocre organic collection).
About 22cm by 12cm fusible fleece (I use Vilene H630, but any will do for this project)
From the main fabric cut:
2 pieces measuring 9cmx12cm
From the lining/trim fabric cut:
2 pieces measuring 4cmx12cm for the trim
2 pieces measuring 11cmx12cm for the lining
1 piece measuring 4cmx7cm for the tag
From the fusible fleece cut :
2 pieces measuring 11cm x 12cm
Step 1 – Make the tag
Fold the tag in half lengthways, then unfold, and fold the 2 long edges into the middle fold. (Pic 1, Pic 2)
Fold down the middle again to create a narrow strip (a little bit of washable fabric glue is very useful for holding the fabric at this stage). Stitch to close the fold, then stitch the other side to match. (Pic 3)
Step 2 – Stitching the outer pieces
Take a piece of trim and a piece of the main fabric and pin right sides together, along matching 12cm edges. (Pic 4, Pic 5)
Stitch, then press the seam allowance sideways towards the trim fabric (don’t press it open).
Repeat this process for the other outer pieces, then apply fusible fleece to both completed outer sections.
Pin the template to one of the outer sections, draw round it and cut out the egg cosy shape. (Pic 6, Pic 7) Repeat with other outer section.
Top stitch the edge of the trim on both of the outer sections. (Pic 8)
Step 3 – Completing the outer section
Fold the tag section in half and pin or glue to centre point of the curved top of the egg cosy, on the right side of one of the outer sections. (Pic 9)
Place the other half of the outer on top, right sides together, and pin. Stitch round the sides and curved edge of the cosy. You will need to ease your presser foot gently over the tag.
Trim the seam, then trim excess fusible fleece out of the seam allowance. Cut small notches in the curved section to reduce bulk.
Step 3 – Make the lining section
Use the template to cut the lining pieces. (Pic 10)
Pin the 2 pieces right sides together and stitch the sides and the curved edge as before, but this time leave a 5cm gap in one of the sides. Reverse stitch at either side of the gap so that the seam doesn’t unravel when you turn the egg cosy through.
Trim the seam and cut notches in the curved section as before. (Pic 11).
Step 4 – Complete the cosy
Turn the outer section right side out and press the seam. Keep the lining section inside out and put the outer inside it, so that right sides are together. Line up the side seams and raw edges. pin together and then baste (you can just stick with the pinning, but the next section is easier if you baste, believe me!). Stitch round the bottom edge. (Pic 12)
This is quite tricky as the egg cosy is so small – you will find it easier to put the egg cosy in the machine and stitch on the inside of the cosy, pulling the part that is closest to you back out of the way.
Trim the seam then turn the egg cosy right side out. Press thoroughly and stitch up the turning hole with a slip stitch/ladder stitch.
The final step is optional, but I like to top stitch the bottom edge of the cosy. Again this is a bit tricky – but the easiest way is to turn the cosy inside out, and stitch on the bottom part of the cosy when you have it in your sewing machine, pulling the section of the cosy which is closest to you out of the way.