With the holiday ahead, I thought it was a great time to try these little humbug-style chickens:http://blog.theflossbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/chickens2.jpg
They are cute, quick, and turn out nicely without a big fuss.
ok here is an official tutorial:
First step is two squares 3-4″, but you can make them really big or smaller.
Then cut the comb and beak or whatever other parts you want and attach them. Note there are two variations, which affect the way the final birdie sits - check the photos at the end for the difference.http://blog.theflossbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/chickenstep2.jpghttp://blog.theflossbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/chickenstep2a.jpg
Sew three sides together.http://blog.theflossbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/chickenstep3.jpghttp://blog.theflossbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/chickenstep3a.jpg
Turn right-side out. You can see below, what I mean by you will get a flat square if you sew the bottom shut like this:http://blog.theflossbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/chickenstep4.jpg
Instead you can pull the sides out to create the humbug shape.http://blog.theflossbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/chickenstep4a.jpg
Stuff your birdie and turn under the edges and sew up. Don't overstuff, or they end up with a rounded bottom side, and are a little wobbly. You can try rice too.http://blog.theflossbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/chickenstep5.jpg
Then sew on some little black seed beads for eyes.
Here are the two results. Note the edge you hand sewed ended up in the back on one, and the front on the other. You could add a tail with the edge in the back, or like one of my blog-readers suggested, put on little legs on the one with the edge in the front.http://blog.theflossbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/chickenstep6.jpg
Hope that makes it clear!