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
Finished size (body only) 185mm x 170mm
Download the PDF of the pattern pieces right here.
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)
100% wool stuffing or polyfill
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.