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« on: March 18, 2008 06:21:13 AM »

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. Smiley
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.jpg
http://blog.theflossbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/chickenstep2a.jpg

Sew three sides together.
http://blog.theflossbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/chickenstep3.jpg
http://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! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2008 06:28:25 AM »

aww cute! I want them all please!  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2008 06:36:24 AM »

They're so cute i want them. Grin
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2008 06:59:20 AM »

These are so cute, and could be used for a number of things. Pincushion, weight it for a door stop, etc.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2008 07:29:48 AM »

Awww those are really cute. Were they easy to make? I've seen these around online somewhere before I love them!:) 
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2008 07:34:26 AM »

So cute!  I make a cat toy with that same shape, but never thought to add animal features.  Hmmmmmm.
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2008 08:02:12 AM »

They are super easy, and pretty fast.
The basic idea is two squares (3-4") sewn together on 3 sides (sew any felt shapes you want on first), turn them right side out, put in some stuffing, and instead of sewing the bottom across so that it's a flat square, you sew it the other way, so the side seams are matched together in the middle.
You can do a little piecing work on the squares to get different effects.
I've seen these made as little bags too, just put in a zipper on one of the sides, but I haven't tried that yet.
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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2008 08:05:14 AM »

adorable!  I'm so glad we have a holiday that celebrates chickens... Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2008 08:42:35 AM »

Really cute! My list of stuff I want to make just keeps growing and growing.
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2008 08:52:35 AM »

Those are really cute!  Do you have any photos of what they looked like in the process?  I am having a tough time seeing how they were sewn.  Oh, and I love the beaks!
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