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Ruffled Fabric Easter Eggs

I have a fabulously easy Easter craft for you today!  With just a few fabric scraps and some hot glue you can make these Ruffled Fabric Easter eggs.  They are perfect for display and will add color and texture to your Easter decor.

We are starting to do a little decorating around the house for Easter, as I was pulling everything out, I came across a bunch of plastic eggs from last year.  I have seen these types of eggs decorated and displayed so many different ways.  I thought it could be a great craft to use some of the fabric scraps I had been hanging on to.

I experimented a bit on the best way to make ruffles and add them to the eggs.  I tried ruffling the fabric on my sewing machine, but didn’t care for how much the gathering thread showed.  (This was the olive green egg- you can see it in the photos below.)  I finally decided to use a hot glue method for the ruffle.  (It’s the same method I used on this no-sew tote bag.)  Using the hot glue saved me a step and I think it looks prettier since you don’t see the gathering thread.

To make the eggs, you need:

  • 2 inch plastic eggs
  • hot glue/hot glue gun
  • fabric scraps


Cut the fabric into 3/4 to 1 inch wide (the longer the better.)  When I didn’t have a long enough piece of fabric to work with, I just cut a 2-inch strip down the middle and opened it like this to make one long strip:

Step 1:  Add a dot of glue to the top of the egg.

Step 2:  Place the end of a ruffle strip in the glue and let it harden.

Step 3:  Right under the edge of the of the fabric strip you already glued, add a 1 inch line of hot glue around the egg.  (Caution:  Hot glue is hot, I recommend these or these accesories to protect your fingers.)

Step 4:  Place the fabric strip in the glue and slide the strip down until it is ruffled.  Keep doing this around the egg until the entire egg is ruffled.

Step 5:  Cut off any extra fabric, leaving just enough to add a dot of glue to the bottom of the egg and arrange the fabric so no egg is showing.

That’s it! Isn’t it pretty?  (Now I just need to make a bunch more!)


They look so pretty, I thought a big bowl of bright Easter eggs would be the perfect Spring centerpiece for my kitchen table.

Looking for more Ruffly Easter Goodness?  Be sure to check out my Ruffled Easter Baskets!

*updated: originally published 3/2012

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