What is Egg Day, you ask? The woodland friends of Hazel Village celebrate this holiday every spring in honor of how much they love eggs. First, each animal gets ready by decorating an egg. Then they draw straws to see who will be the Egg Day Bunny. (This is a ceremonial title and not exclusive to actual bunnies.) The Egg Day Bunny hides the eggs overnight, and whoever finds the most eggs in the morning gets a prize. The Egg Day Bunny always wears a special garment: the Egg Day Honorary Egg Sash.
This year the animals decided that two Egg Day Bunnies are better than one, and gave the title to Zoe Rabbit and Lucas Rabbit! (We're not sure how that worked out with the whole drawing straws thing, but since Lucas is Zoe's younger brother he often likes to tag along with her.) Follow along with Zoe and learn how to make an Egg Day Honorary Egg Sash for your Hazel Village animals!
What you will need:
- Ribbon - we recommend cotton twill, but Zoe recommends making do with whatever you have at home.
- Embroidery needle
- Embroidery floss (we used 3 colors)
- A button
- A pencil or marking pen
- A ruler
First, cut your ribbon to 12” long. Trim the ends at an angle for maximum el-egg-ance.
Place your button at one end of your sash, leaving some room at the bottom. Mark a dot on either side of the button, then draw a line between the dots.
Use your scissors to carefully snip along the line you marked, creating a slit.
Stitch around the edges of the slit to make the buttonhole. We recommend following this handy buttonhole tutorial.
Repeat as many times as you would like for flowery splendor!
Next, mark a dot on the back half of the sash, centered inside your buttonhole. Poke your needle through the mark and sew the button on the other side.
The button should sit on the outside of the sash, just like the outward-facing side of your embroidery. Here's a tutorial on how to sew on a button!
With the sash folded in half, write ‘Eggs’ in the center of the front side using your pencil or marking pen. (A marking pen will vanish once a little water is applied - we always use these in our workshop when we are adding hand-stitched monograms to dolls & animals.) Make sure to leave some space between the end of the word and your buttonhole.
Embroider over the word using a backstitch.
Zoe decided to finish sewing her sash outdoors, since the spring day was so lovely and inviting. She took her picnic blanket to the Day Meadow and settled down in the fresh breezy air. Once she had stitched over all her letters, she added some pink petals to embellish her sash’s decorative buttonhole even further. Then she was done!
Just as Zoe finished her sash, Lucas scurried up to her. He was a little bit muddy from building swamp forts, which is his favorite rain-or-shine activity. When he saw his sister’s sash, Lucas said “Wowee! Can I make one too?” So Zoe kindly helped Lucas make his own special egg sash. Lucas did his in capital letters, because he’s not quite confident in cursive yet. He also added a big egg for emphasis. Now these bunny siblings are all ready for their Egg Day celebrations!
Did you make this craft at home? Send us a photo or tag us on social media @hazelvillage! For any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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