Turn a boring egg cup into an Easter one with this quick and easy felt eggcup sleeve. If you go for the no-sew option, you can be done in fifteen minutes!
I’m not normally one for seasonal crafts, as I find by the time I’ve got the materials together and my head in the right place the time is long gone. But these eggcup sleeves popped into my head in plenty of time, and miraculously I had felt in the right colours. Fate was telling me to make them – so here they are, with templates so you can make them too.
There are two designs, the chick and the bunny, and they’re made entirely from felt, with a velcro closing to wrap them round an egg cup. They should fit egg cups between 14.5-17.5cm (5.75-6.75in), but you can change the length easily by cutting the band a bit longer.
I’ve sewn my version, but you can construct the whole thing with no sewing at all if you want to – just glue all the shapes on and use self-adhesive velcro. It won’t last as long, but if you’re not expecting to make family heirlooms to be brought out year after year (who am I kidding?) then they should hold up fine.
You’ll need some felt scraps in different colours and some velcro.
Print out the free template and cut the following:
- 1 sleeve strip
- 1 body
- 1 stomach circle
- 2 white circles and 2 black circles for eyes (see my tips on cutting small circles from felt)
For the chick, also cut:
- 1 head crest
- 1 beak
- 2 wings
- 1 tail feather
For the bunny, also cut:
- 2 ears
- 2 inner ears
- 2 cheeks
- 1 nose
- 1 circle tail
Cut a 5cm (1.5″) strip of velcro.
- Sew the hook part of the velcro to the end of the strip marked with a cross on the WRONG SIDE, and the loop part of the velcro to the other end on the RIGHT SIDE. So the strip will have one piece on velcro visible on each side.
- Sew the tail (tail feather for CHICK, tail circle for BUNNY) on the right side of the strip matching the crosses. So the tail will have the hook velcro underneath.
- Sew the stomach circle onto the separate body piece.
- Hand sew the eyes in place. I use a sturdy cross through the pupils.
- Pin the body to the sleeve, matching the head circles.
- For the CHICK, trap the wings and the head tuft in place between the two layers.
- For the BUNNY, trap the ears in place between the two layers.
- Sew round the edge of the body and head. I used a narrow zigzag, but you could use blanket stitch or just a straight stitch if you prefer.
To use, wrap the eggcup sleeve round the eggcup snugly. Perfect for boiled eggs on Easter morning!
For the pink bunny I glued all the pieces in place, with no sewing required:
And some more photos of the finished eggcup sleeves: