easter tutorial: Chickummyjig

by contributor on March 29, 2009

in Holidays, Whip Up Tutorials

Adorable chick pattern – free tutorial with downloadable pattern pieces from whipup contributor Tania.

About the designer: Tania Ennor is a mother of three, wife to one, graphic designer and craftster of the, (let’s be blunt about it), obsessive kind. Her blog is a recent addition to blogland and was inspired by the guilt she felt after all that lurking about on everyone else’s. This pattern free for you and yours. Please do not sell or distribute Chickummyjig softies or this pattern without prior permission. www.myrtleandeunice.com © 2009 Tania Ennor

easter chick tutorial

Finished size (body only) 185mm x 170mm
Download the PDF of the pattern pieces right here.

Materials:
Cotton fabric for the body (240mm x 200mm)
Contrasting cotton fabric for belly and wings (270mm x 170mm); legs: (75mm x 200mm), small piece of fabric for beak
Felt: outer eyes and feet (100mm x 140mm), inner eye (75mm x 40mm), comb (80mm x 80mm)
Sewing thread to match body fabric
Embroidery thread to match felt (optional)
2 buttons
100% wool stuffing or polyfill

Instructions

Notes: The pattern allows for a 1/4 inch seam allowance, except for the seam-free felt pieces

Trace pattern on to tracing paper, pin to fabric and cut out pieces. You will need 2 x body shapes, 1 x belly, 2 x legs, 4 x wings, and 2 x beak. The felt pieces include: 1 x comb, 2 x feet, 2 x outer and 2 x inner eyes.

For each leg, fold fabric strip in half lengthwise, right sides facing and sew. Sew the foot end closed and trim off excess at the corners. Turn both leg pieces right side out and iron. Pin the feet to each leg, toes pointing up and sew using a tight zig zag stitch along the ‘heel’. Stuff legs to 3/4” from the opening.

For each wing, pin two fabric shapes, right sides facing and sew around the curved edge, leaving the end open. Trim excess fabric at corners and snip carefully along curved edges, perpendicular to the seam. Turn all pieces right sides out and iron. Wings are not stuffed.

Pin both beak pieces, right sides facing and sew leaving the two edges, marked ‘A’ on the pattern, open. Trim corners. Turn right side out and iron. Fold in half as indicated on the pattern and iron.

Pin outer eye pieces to body and using embroidery thread, blanket stitch in place. Do the same for the inner eye pieces. (or alternatively, machine stitch all eye pieces).

Placing one body piece right side up, pin one leg in position, pointing toward the middle of the body (see Diagram 1). With right sides facing, pin one side of the belly to the body shape, in effect ‘sandwiching’ the leg. Sew, ensuring you begin and end at the point where stitching on the other side of the belly will begin and end. Do the same for the second leg and body shape. Trim excess fabric where the belly seams meet and carefully snip the fabric along the curves.

Pin the beak, comb and wings in place, pointing them in towards the body, remembering which way they will face when the body is turned right side out, (refer Diagram A on the pattern). Sandwich everything between the two right sides facing body shapes and pin. You will probably need to manoeuvre the legs and feet out of the path of the sewing machine. Sew, securing the beak, comb and wings in place as you go. Leave an opening (as marked on the pattern) for turning right side out and stuffing.

Using a stuffing stick (or chopstick), push stuffing into the body firmly and evenly.

Sew the stuffing opening closed using a small whip stitch. Sew the buttons on for eyes.

easter chick tutorial

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 nicole March 29, 2009 at 11:20 pm

this is super sweet!

2 Jaki March 30, 2009 at 1:37 am

I LOVE it. Love it, love it, love it. Thanks.

3 Perrine March 31, 2009 at 3:57 am

Hello!
I really like your how to as well as the one about the christmas pixie. I was wondering if I could translate it in French and add it to my list of how to as explained in my french post (http://www.petitcitron.com/index.php/form_howto.html)
Of course, your website would be quoted and there would be a link!
Thank you,
Perrine

4 kath_red March 31, 2009 at 5:28 am

Yes of course thats fine
Please let me know when its up and send the link
regards
Kathreen

5 EmerJa April 2, 2009 at 7:07 am

I love this hen!! It’s so lovely!

6 sonja sackett April 3, 2009 at 5:25 am

Just the perfect scrap busting project. I have that tape measure fabric and had not come up with the right way to use it. The legs are awesome!

7 irem December 17, 2009 at 11:21 am

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8 Dianne February 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I love this little chick . I did a pattern from it. I hopefully can make a couple for my 2 grandchildren.. Then maybe one for the biggest kid. ME….ha. ha. Blessings: Dianne.

9 Jess April 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

Wow, Super Cute!
Wonder if I can make them & have them mailed by Easter??!!!….

10 vicky April 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Made one for my niece this afternoon, took about 3 hours and absolutely love it! I really don’t want to give it way, might have to do another!

11 mpt February 25, 2013 at 11:56 am

Wow.I like it

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