I’ve always wanted to make a felted egg, especially since I make all sorts of birdies. I figured it wouldn’t be much different than the rattle so I gave it a try! Here’s what you need:
- Felt, any colours that you want. I used one for the inside and one for the outside. Note: you need a fair bit.
- A plastic egg. These suckers are hard to find if it’s not around Easter.
- An old panty hose
- Duct tape
- Exacto knife
- Needle and thread (optional)
So I went to Wal Mart and got myself these eggs. We’ve all seen the little actual egg size plastic eggs and well I thought they were a little small for my creatures so I thought I was going to have to make a smaller kind. Then I spotted this angry birds egg! It’s twice the size and it’s perfect for what I want it to fit. It’s full of stickers, I think they sell them in various themes.
If you have something in mind you want to put in it test it first. It doesn’t have to be something felted, it can be any kind of goodies. Keep in mind the egg you’ll end up with will be bigger anyway.
You’ll want to tape the egg first so it doesn’t fall apart. This is important! Make sure you use duct tape, I didn’t and my egg fell apart while washing. Make sure you double tape it. Once it’s taped wrap it with your first layer of wool. It doesn’t have to be a different colour if you don’t want, I just thought it’d be cool if the inside was different. Next I wet the felt a little bit, it helped compress it and made it easier to handle. Don’t soak it, just wet it. Finally, take the last bit of wool and wrap it tightly.
Once you’ve done that, take your panty hose (new or old as long as there’s no holes) and put it in. Tie a knot at the end and throw it in the washing machine. I just did a regular cycle with all my other clothes then dried it in the drying machine.
When mine came out it looked like this. I thought it was a little plain so I went ahead and added another type of multi-coloured wool then threw it in the washing machine all over again. You don’t have to, if you don’t this part is finished.
Take your exacto knife and slice the egg open, scissors won’t work. If you want to get fancy you can do a zigzag pattern. I didn’t.
I love how this wool turned out better. there’s something about the egg being fuzzy that I like. Once I cut the egg I didn’t like how the edges were so I decided to finish it with a blanket stitch. If you don’t know how to do it here’s a great tutorial.
And that’s it! there’s your finished egg. Depending on how much wool you used you’ll notice for next time how much more or less you need to use in order to achieve the thickness that you want. Notice much bigger it turned out?
You can get Stanley for your own egg here.