It all started with my sweet little granddaughter who seemed to be fascinated with zippers, buckles etc as all little 3 year olds seem to be. A book was in order to help her with these skills. I had never made anything like this and was floundering on how to do it.
To create a freestanding piece with a clean edge, I fuse the back and front together with right sides facing out. I lay the piece over water soluble stabilizer and stitch over the edge with a satin stitch. Your stitch goes into the fabric and swings over to the edge/stabilizer - no knots or tangles as you're not stitching on "air" but into the stabilizer; the only little "pokies" left is the stabilizer which can be removed with a damp cloth
I attached the top of the egg across the top...
I wanted to use a buckle and the smallest I could find was a cat collar. I found this cute little doggie on the "free clip art" website, printed him/her on fabric and appliquéd it to the surface. I found some great fabric of bones and bow-wows to mount it on.