Last month the lovely Sara won the #scraptastic challenge and said she would make some egg cosy’s just in time for Easter! Here’s her great tutorial.
An Easter Egg Cosy Tutorial
Hi – I’m Sara and blog over at sewlittletosay.blogspot.co.uk.
I was egg-cited when my idea was chosen for the Scraptastic Challenge, but also a little appre-hen-sive. My first attempt at a cosy didn’t work, but I couldn’t chicken out of the challenge and had to egg-periment to come up with the ideal pattern. (Right, I think that’s enough of the bad puns, it’s time to sew.)
You will need:
A CD or DVD
4 pieces of background fabric, 3” x 4”
16-20 strips of main fabric in various colours, ~1” x 4”
Scrap of ribbon, 2-3” long
Disappearing marker (I used a heat sensitive marker)
To make the pattern template:
Draw a 2” x 3” rectangle on the card and mark the midpoint on one of the 2” sides. Align the edge of the CD/DVD with the midpoint and along the side of the rectangle. Draw in the curve and repeat for the other side. Cut along the red lines as shown in the picture below to make the template.
To make the foundation blocks:
Align a colour strip with the left edge of the background piece. Align a second colour strip with the right edge of the first strip. Stitch to the background piece (I used a ¼” seam allowance, but you don’t have to be exact). Press the second strip open. Repeat this until the background fabric is covered. Depending on the size of your strips and your seam allowance, this will take 4 or 5 strips. Trim the excess fabric to the size of the background piece. Don’t worry if some of the background fabric is still visible at the edges of the pieces.
Using the disappearing marker, draw around the pattern template on to each foundation block. (I tried to use various angles when placing the template, but they ended up looking very similar.) Stitch ⅛” inside the marker line and then cut along the marker line. If using a heat sensitive marker, iron the pieces to remove any remaining marker lines.
To assemble the cosy:
Pin two pieces together with the backgrounds facing. Stitch along one of the curved edges using a ¼” seam. Repeat for the remaining two pieces. Trim the seam allowance close to the first line of stitching using pinking shears.
Place the two joined pieces together with backgrounds facing. Fold the ribbon in half and insert at the centre to form a loop. Starting at the centre and with the centre seams pushed out of the way, stitch the pieces together using a ¼” seam. Flip the piece over and repeat for the other side.
Trim the seam allowance close to the first line of stitching using pinking shears, taking care not to snip the ribbon. To finish, trim the lower edge of the cosy close to the line of stitching using pinking shears.
Wow! Those Egg cosy’s look great don’t they?
Don’t forget if you’d like to have a go at making something from a Kona Scrap pack, leave your ideas in a comment below and we will pick a winner each month. The winner receives a Kona Scrap pack and a guest spot here on the blog where you write a mini tutorial for your make!
Watch out for a super scraptastic challenge tutorial next month from a very special guest blogger!