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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

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. 

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