Friday, 18 March 2011

Egg rug ~ a tutorial ~

Would you like to make a fun early easter project with me? It's quick and it's simple and I think a bunch of these would look so cool on the Easter breakfast table don't you?

Egg rug

All you need is scraps of white cotton, I used Kona snow for mine, and a small piece of yellow fabric for the yolk, a scrap of batting and thread.

Frying the egg:
I started with a very rough sketch as you can see, that's just the way I work. You don't have to be able to draw just trace out a curved ovalish shape on a piece of paper, go round and round as often as you need it really doesn't have to be perfect. My fried eggs don't look perfect and that's exactly the look we're after ;-)
Next cut out your paper egg, trace it onto your fabric and cut out your fabric pieces. I just layered the top, wadding and bottom fabrics, traced the egg on the top and cut out the whole sandwich in one go. But you can do them one by one if you like, it's just quicker my way :-)

Next trace your egg yolk on a scrap of yellow fabric, I used a small bowl for this {approx 2 1/2 " diameter} and cut out your circle.

There are many ways to applique, I chose to do needle turn applique for the simple reason I ran our of 'heat n bond' {or whatever that's called in your neck of the woods!} Feel free to applique the yolk wichever way you prefer!

So first step is to baste your circle about 1/4" from the edge, I eyeballed it.

The next part was a little tricky to photograph with only one pair of hands, but you use your needle to turn under the seam allowance pushing it up to the line where you've just basted.

It is really not as difficult to do as it may sound in the explanation. The basting line is so very helpful in maintaining the circular shape. Just use the length of your needle{ and your fingers} to turn under the raw edge up till this line, little by little as you're stitching the yolk down.

All done? just remove your basting thread

Make your egg sandwich {top piece of fabric with yolk, batting and bottom piece of fabric} and machine quilt in the ditch around your yolk

I finished the raw edges by stitching a 1/4 seam all around and then zig zag stitch twice, so quick simple!

Now you can boil your eggs, butter your croissants and set the table for a lovely easter brunch with your family!


If you make one I would love to see it!

x Leila

*Please respect my work, all tutorials are for personal use only*


  1. This is SO cute! I love egg cups but I tend to eat my hard boiled eggs over the sink right after I've pulled them out of the pot so I've never really saw one and said, "I'd totally use that!". If I were to make this little rug I'd have to get an egg cup and I'd have to learn how to eat my hard boiled eggs in a more civilized manner. lol!

  2. This is fabulous! Makes me want egg & soldiers now lol :)

  3. It's such a fun project.
    The 'egg rug' looks great. Makes me want to eat an egg instantly :)

  4. I have An Allergy to eggs But I love your egg rug good Idea I might make one for hubby he loves boiled eggs.Thanks for the tutorial.
    Hugs Mary.

  5. My life has been so busy so I haven't been checking blogs but I'm so glad I didn't miss this!!! That little egg is the most fun, original, cute thing I've seen in ages!! It's wonderful. Such a well written tutorial!

  6. Awww. That's so cute! I really need to learn/practice applique. That has become painfully obvious this week as I blog-browse.

    Thank you for sharing!

  7. Love this, I'll defo be making one :D

  8. So cute! I just stumbled it for ya :)

  9. I don't eat eggs, but this is sooooo cute...
    And would make a great gift, for a serious egg lover! :D

  10. Definitely sharing it on my blog for Easter...of course let me know if you don't mind!

  11. Oh this is just WAY too cute! Definitely going to give this a go!! :) Thanks!!!

  12. carinissima!!!!!!

  13. The egg was so cute, I had to make one! I also made a slice of bacon one! They turned out pretty cool! Thanks for the free pattern!

  14. Cute, cute, cute!


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