Sampler Eggs – Tutorial and Giveaway

I recently came into a large clutch of wooden eggs and have been wondering what to do with them that didn’t involve painting. So I present: the sampler eggs. These eggs are wrapped in fabric and embroidered with simple stitches you might find as part of an old fashioned embroidery sampler. For the giveaway, instructions below, I’m offering up two clutches of wooden eggs.


You need:

  • Eggs (plastic, wood)
  • Fabric
  • a Rubber Band
  • Thread
  • Embroidery Floss

Prepare the Fabric

These eggs are 35 x 50 mm large. To cover them I used a 6″ X 6″ size piece of fabric. Experiment with the egg and fabric you are using and cut the fabric to a size that works for your egg.

Wrap the Egg

Wrap the fabric around the egg and temporarily secure it with a rubberband.

Gather the fabric by sewing right beneath the rubber band. Remove the rubber band, wrap the thread several times around the “neck,” and secure the thread. The thread should be long enough to come out of the top so you can use it to hang the eggs.


Now have at it. Embroider the egg however you wish. I looked up some stitches in Complete Embellishing, by Kayte Terry, I never seem to be able to remember how to do a French knot.

Alternatively, you can also embroider the fabric before you wrap it around the egg.


To finish it off, tie a little ribbon around the egg and Voila! You are done. Happy Spring.

The Giveaway

This time there will be two lucky winners: I’m giving away one clutch of five 35 x 50 mm sized wooden eggs, and one clutch of ten 25 X 30 mm eggs

For the giveaway, visit my Etsy shop Groundsel, pick a thing you like, and leave a comment here with a link to that item. The giveaway closes at midnight on March 3rd. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 4th.

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24 Responses to Sampler Eggs – Tutorial and Giveaway

  1. Aunt LoLo says: I’m a sucker for a cute hedgehog! I won a stuffed one when I was about 13, and I was RIDICULOUSLY fond of him!

  2. Kimberly says:

    My favorite is the Fold up Shopping Bag (

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  3. Mrs. Cox says:

    How cute are those eggs! Perfect timing with Easter around the corner…

    I love the octopus bag :) Very fun and funky.

    Thanks for the chance!

  4. I love your recycled card holders :)

  5. Dawn says:

    I love the Octopus bag but I have to say your daughter’s snake is very cute.

  6. Myrnie says:

    Your fused-plastic card holder is fantastic! Love the choice of bags you used :)

  7. Stephanie says:

    Love the Recycled Sweater Octopus Bag.

  8. Limor says:

    I love the blue and silver tagua nut earrings, but then again, I love anything made from tagua nuts. I went a little crazy at a sewing expo a while back at the tagua nut button stand.

  9. amandasue says:

    I love the Crystal Princess Ring. The blue and purple are really pretty together, and it just looks so sweet and cute. Thanks for entering me, the wooden eggs are really cool!

  10. april says:
    I love tissue cozies and can’t seem to get the details right like you have done on this one. It is gorgeous!

  11. Elsie says:

    The blue recycled sweater purse is too cute and I love the big-enough-for-a-newspsper outside pocket! Colors are just right…

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the eggs! I have some ideas for them, for safari animals…. letting the wood grain show…adding ears, eyes, feet of felt.

  12. Jenna says:

    Those eggs look wonderful – I love the soothing shape. I also like the octopus bag.

  13. janil says:

    The Octopus recycled shirt is my favourite!!!!Thanks for the chance!

  14. Amanda says:
    I really love that pink corduroy tissue holder – very country and feminine!

  15. Laura says:

    I love the Blue and silver tagua nut earrings, simply beautiful!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  16. lisa says:

    I’m another fan of the Octopus bag.

  17. Vivien says:

    What cute eggs! I like the red millefiori earrings from your shop.

  18. Sally says:

    I like all of your appliqued animals! so cute!

  19. Brigitte says:

    I like the Olive Bird Shoulder bag–perfect kind of bag for my book and crochet project.

  20. Rachel says:

    I love the sweater bag!!!!

    Very cute!
    Great shop!

  21. Marigold says:

    The eggs are a really neat resource! There’s so much your can do with them. I love the Recycled Sweater Octopus Bag from your shop. It is super snazzy.

  22. Shanda says:

    I like the Vintage Tissue Cozy!

  23. Angie E says:

    I really like the Crystal Princess Ring! So lovely and bright!

    Thank you!

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