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« on: January 16, 2007 08:53:47 AM »

I love making these quick pincushions, all my sewing friends got one last year for Christmas.  Thought I would share my pattern with you I would love to see any that you make!
Materials needed:
2- 3 1/2 inch squares
scrap of felt
beads for eyes (optional, I left mine off because I organized the craft room and lost the bead box)
scraps of polyfil for stuffing (wool works great too and keeps needles and pins from rusting)

Start by taking your two squares and laying them right sides together and drawing a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite:

Sew 1/4 inch from drawn line on both sides:

Cut apart on line:

Next cut beak and comb from felt (I laid mine on my ruler so you could use that for a scale):

Lay beak and comb according to the picture on one square.  Make sure you use the same placement otherwise your chickens head will be on backwards.  Lay them on the color you want to be the head, the other color will be his tushy:

Next lay the other square on top, making sure to match colors and sewing lines.  Sew from bottom of head color towards the beak catching beak in seam, turn and sew down comb, catching comb in stitching, turn and sew down one inch on hiney color, backstitch so your stitches don't pull out when you turn it.  Then leave 2 inch opening and sew one more inch to the bottom, backstitching to secure stitches. 

Next, take the long side that you left unsewn and bring it up until the seams match and sew across the entire bottom.

Turn chicken through small hole left in side and stuff with polyfil

Slipstitch opening shut using matching thread
Admire your chicken on her clutch of eggs:

Any questions ?  Please ask!  I hope these directions were clear! 

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2007 09:52:31 AM »

very cute!

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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2007 10:31:20 AM »

I love him.  The directions are brilliantly clear and I'll definitely be making a couple of these. 

« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2007 04:24:39 PM »

Great directions! I'm a sewing newbie, but I can't wait to try this out. My mom has a chicken collection, and I'm trying to encourage her to start sewing again, so this will be perfect!
Thanks so much!!

« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2007 10:28:14 PM »

I just made one tonight as a toy for my baby niece. She loves chickens! I made mine a little bigger though since I was using fabric samples from those books in the fabric stores. Great job on the tutorial, it was dead on. Many thanks, I am surely making some more of these for the daycare I work at. Possibly with a crinkly stuffing for the babies to play with too.
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2007 10:11:25 AM »

to fun! I have the perfect fabric for this, and thanks to that wonderfull tutorial i might just be able to make it  Grin
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2007 06:29:44 PM »

Very cute. Wonderful action shot with the chicken in with the eggs.   Grin
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2007 04:42:43 PM »

loved it so made one for a friend who just started sewing


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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2007 12:25:38 PM »

That chicken is very cute!  Do you think it would work to put something in it to weight the bottom?
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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2007 12:42:20 PM »

You could definitely make a small square and stuff it with sand or poly beads then insert it into the opening to make it heavier.  Just insert it last after the stuffing. 

« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2007 02:23:41 PM »

Great tutorial, easy to follow. Thanks for sharing your chipper chicken!

« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2007 06:02:30 PM »

Thank you again for the pattern! I made four of these yesterday, and it was so easy and fun. I even made one with poker themed fabric for my husband, and he's going to use it as his mascot on poker night. Smiley I'll post pictures just as soon as I get my camera working again.

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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2007 07:01:10 PM »

AWESOME!!!!  The skies the limit on these things, I hope your hubby does well on poker night, who knows you might be crafting all kinds of mojo chickens for his friends!  Can't wait to see the pictures!

« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2007 06:59:14 AM »

i thought i would make cat toys out of this pattern. i stuffed mine wiht catnip and batting.

the feet are backwards because, though i was very careful to follow the directions, the seams didn't line up nicely. when i corrected that, the beak and comb ended up backwards. (then the seams didn't line up anyway; go figure)

but that's ok. my Shermy doesn't mind. he's a thoughtful cat.

he likes it anyway.

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« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2007 10:04:21 AM »

Actually if you do reverse the positions of the beak and comb you have the option of having tail feathers.  Cut a large triangle (about 2 1/2 inches wide) and insert it into the seam that you squish together and sew it into that seam.  I knew something looked wonky when I positioned my beak and comb originally.  Anyway, either way is fine, just thought I would throw that out there.  Hope that wasn't toooooo confusing.

« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2007 04:00:30 PM »

Here are the ones I made. I still haven't decided if I want to put eyes on them.
The one on the end came out backwards, and I really can't figure out how...

A closeup of the poker one - DH keeps forgetting to take it with him. Maybe that's why he hasn't won lately!

Thanks again for the pattern - it was so much fun!

« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2007 04:53:02 PM »

it's really sweet of you to share this tutorial. it's a cute gift for a pet!

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