• Neutral coloured fabric (You could use a pillow case, napkin etc.)
  • Embroidery floss (various shades of brown)
  • Thicker needle (with a hole big enough for the embroidery floss)
  • Scissors
  • Felt or fabric
  • Fabric paint
  • Shallow dish
  • Cloth (to wipe your hands or up any potential spills)
  • Fabric glue
  • Smock, apron or old clothes
  • Sewing machine & thread (optional & with adult help)


Take a piece of plain, neutral coloured fabric.  You could make napkins, a pillow case etc.  We decided to make a spring table runner.  The edges were folded, ironed and sewn over with a sewing machine.  You can often find items that are prepared for adding your own details in craft stores.

Take nest coloured embroidery floss and sew it into a nest pattern (see photograph for a starting idea) using simple stitching and leaving the centre empty for eggs.  We had an adult  add some machine sewing as well to create more of a textured look.  This is a good beginner hand sewing project as it lends itself to more of an “organic” look.

Select a fabric paint that you might use for eggs such as light blue.  Place a small amount in a shallow dish.  Use thumb or finger prints to make eggs for your nest.  Or if you would like, cut egg shapes out of felt or fabric and trace the edges with fabric paint like we did.  Let dry overnight or according to the directions. Glue onto your table runner or project using fabric glue.

Want to give this as a gift? We will soon have some card ideas posted to accompany it.



Fine motor skill development, hand/eye coordination (sewing), creating a visual representation of a real life object


Safety Notes

Use scissors and a needle with adult supervision

A sewing machine should be used by an adult or with adult supervision, based on your age and skill level.

Bird Nest Table Runner


Bird Nest Table Runner


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