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Scrappy Easter Egg Shirt Sewing Tutorial

This scrap fabric Easter egg shirt sewing project came about because I wanted an excuse to use the fancy stitch options on my sewing machine. You know, all of those crazy looking stitches that never get used. So I came up with this easy-peasy project to put those never used functions of my sewing machine to use. Plus my kiddo will look cute sporting this Easter Egg T-shirt.

simple toddler easter egg t-shirt sewing tutorial, colorful fabric scrap easter egg sewn onto a white tee shirt for a toddler

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Supplies

I’ve linked all the tools I use above or something very similar if mine aren’t available.

1. Create an egg template

I measured the front of the t-shirt I was using and decided  to make my egg 8 inches tall. I’m using at 2T/3T basic white t-shirt. I googled an egg outline, sized it perfectly and when I went to print my printer said, “No way Jose.”

So on to Plan B. I took a piece of printer paper, folded it in half and marked lines to measure out 8 inches. Then I drew my egg outline to fit inside. I cut it out and ta-da! Easter egg template!

toddler easter egg shirt tutorial, creating an easter egg template with printer paper sewing tutorial

2. Trim your fabric

Trim each strip of fabric to 2.5 inches wide. This is the perfect strip width for using an 8 inch tall egg template.

My strips were fairly small, so I didn’t worry about the length. You could trim the length down to a little more than the widest measurement of your egg template if you wanted, but it definitely isn’t necessary. If you do, I recommend trimming to at least an inch larger than your template.

3. Sew the strips together

To begin sewing your strips together, take the two bottom strips and put them right sides together. You can then pin them or sew them without pins. I sewed without, but if you’re worried about the fabric slipping go ahead and pin them. Sew them together with a .5 inch seam allowance. 

After sewing them together, press the seam with your iron. You’ll want to press your seams towards the darker fabric. 

Then add the next strip of fabric and continue the process until all of the strips are sewn together.

Once all of your strips are sewn together, grab your egg template and double check that it fits on your sewn fabric. If not, time for more fabric or a smaller egg. 

Toddler Easter egg t-shirt sewing tutorial, strips of fabric sewn together on a sewing cutting mat

4. Add your fancy stitches

Here’s the fun part! Adding decorative stitches is totally optional, but I think it looks so fun! And, it’s a great way to learn to about those functions of your sewing machine that don’t often get used.

Prior to sewing the decorative stitches onto my strips, I pulled out my sewing machine manual just to make sure I knew what I was doing. I recommend keeping your manual at your sewing desk for easy access – I reference mine pretty frequently. 

Before sewing onto my project, I tested each decorative stitch that I planned to use on a piece of scrap fabric. This helped me make sure that I had the stitch length and other settings correct on my sewing machine before diving into sewing my actual project. It also gave me a good preview of what the stitches actually looked like.

testing sewing machine decorative stitches using scrap fabric
sewing machine decorative stitches on strips of fabric

5. Cut out your fabric egg

Grab that template again. Place it on the back of your sewn fabric and trace around lightly with a pen. Then go ahead and cut that baby out with your fabric scissors. Isn’t it cute?!

colorful sewn easter egg using strips of fabric and decorative sewing machine stitches

6. Sew your egg to the t-shirt

Almost done! Position the egg on the t-shirt and pin it to the front of the t-shirt. Be careful to only pin it to the front. 

Once you have your egg pinned down, sew around the outside with a zig zag stitch. Be careful to only sew it to the front of the shirt. This can be a bit difficult as you turn the shirt around the egg. 

If you sew through the back of the shirt by accident (I totally did) it’s no problem! Just pull out your seam ripper and remove the thread from the back of the shirt. Then start again. 

You’ll want to be sure to back stitch when you start and stop sewing to lock your stitches.

photo of sewing error with stitch sewn through back of shirt, easily fixed with a seam ripper
Oops! Accidentally sewing through the back layer of the t-shirt is easily fixed with a seam ripper.

You’re done!

That’s it! Easy Peasy!

As you wash your shirt, the edges that aren’t sewn down will start to fray, giving it great texture! 

Because it’s my first time using the decorative stitching, I’m not sure how it will hold up to frequent washing. But, I’m really not worried about it getting worn out before my son gets his use out of it. You can only sport an Easter Egg for so long!

completed sewing project with sewing tools

One Last Tip

When you wash your project for the first time use a Color Catcher sheet or a Color Grabber sheet to prevent color bleed. You’ll especially want to do this if your fabric was not prewashed. I’ve turned enough laundry pink to let you know that, yes, you really do need this! And, yes, they really do work!

Color Grabber sheets for washing fabric for the first time to ensure that colors don't bleed and ruin your project

I want to hear from you!

Have you used the fancy stitches on your sewin machine? What did you use them for? Will you try this project?