With spring beginning to bloom, my friends’ chickens are starting to lay more eggs. I love visiting them and watching the chickens peck and strut their way around the yard. Feeling a little ‘chicken’ inspired and wanting to work on a new sewing project, I decided to make up a few Spring Chicken Plushies to give as gifts to my friends who have and love their chickens! (I also secretly hope they will trade me a cute plushie for a fresh egg!)
This is a fairly straightforward tutorial that can be done using a sewing machine or sewn completely by hand. I love coming up with ways to use up fabric scraps and this project is perfect for that since the all the pieces are quite small.
- Cotton fabric (quilter’s fabric works great)
- Red and yellow felt (use scraps if you have them on hand)
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Needle and thread
- Sewing Scissors
- Craft scissors
- Embroidery floss
- Iron and ironing board
- Dried lemon balm (optional)
- Free pattern (click to download)
Download the free pattern, then print and cut out the pieces using craft scissors. Press your fabric and cut out the pattern pieces using fabric scissors. Remember not to mix up your scissors! You don’t want to dull the blade of your fabric only scissors by using them to cut paper.
Use a cotton fabric of your choice to cut out pattern pieces A + B. Then choose a coordinating cotton fabric to cut out pattern piece C. Use red felt to cut out pattern piece D and yellow felt to cut out E (as shown below).
Once you have your pieces cut, lay the first pattern piece A (with right side facing up) onto your work surface. Place the felt pieces D + E on top as shown below. Then place pattern piece B (right side facing down) as shown and secure with a pin.
Sew along the edge to secure the felt pieces and pattern piece B into place.
Next place the second pattern piece A directly on top (right side facing down). Pin in place and then flip over.
Flip up the bottom (sewn side) of piece B and pin the un-sewn side into place as shown in the photo below.
Sew all the way around the outside leaving about a ½” opening near the top or neck of the bird. Make small cuts in the fabric (making sure not to cut through your stitches) as shown below.
Then cut a few notches where indicated on the pattern (this will prevent the fabric from puckering once we turn the fabric right side out).
Now you’re ready to turn the fabric right side out and stuff with fiberfill. Use the end of a pencil to turn out completely and stuff.
OPTIONAL: Add with a few tablespoons of dried lemon balm then stuff the rest of the way with fiberfill for a scented sachet option.
Use a needle and thread to whip stitch the opening closed. Set the bird body aside.
Now it’s time to sew the wings. Place two pattern piece C’s together (right sides face in). Sew around leaving a small opening. Turn right side out and whip stitch the opening closed. Repeat for the second wing.
Thread your needle with a matching thread and stitch the wings onto the body of the bird as shown in the photo below.
Cut a length of embroidery floss. Divide the strands into 3 plys and thread onto a needle. Poke your needle behind a wing (to hide your knot) and come up near the top where you want to start your first eye. Use a straight stitch to add a U shape eye on one side of the bird. Then poke your needle through to the other side and stitch the second eye. Hide the end of your thread by poking your needle back through the bird and coming out farther down near a seam. Cut off excess thread with scissors.
And you’re done! Make a few to decorate your home this spring or gift them to your chicken-loving friends and family this Easter!
Click Here for a tutorial on how to make the Felt Cacti featured in the photos above!