easter

One of the biggest pleasures for me during holidays is the food – the cooking, the smells and tastes, and the family pushing and shoving — uhm gathering around to appreciate all that you do for them. Food = love = family = togetherness.

This long weekend I am camping with my family. We go to our favourite spot on the coast with a few friends and their kids and their bikes and the fishing gear, and we swim, we light the fire, we cook slow foods (and hopefully some freshly caught fish too), we bring home baked goods to share, there is usually an Easter egg hunt for the kiddos who want to participate (uhm all of them) and we have a really lovely time with really special friends.

A few weeks ago my family and I put together the Action Pack Magazine for kids – the Easter Edition – only $4, so you too can share some lovely family time. It is filled with some easy and some more challenging recipes, crafts and (edible) science that kids can do — meanwhile you can put your feet up and enjoy the fact that your kids are independent and creative and congratulate yourself on your marvellous parenting skills by trusting them in the kitchen and giving them the freedom to grow!

If like me you are planning on a little camping adventure then you might want to grab our Great Outdoors Action Pack Magazine which is a big book full of fun outdoor science, adventure, games, cooking and art.

I have put together a few special recipes from around the web so you too can get into the holiday spirit. Decorate some eggs, bake some delicious foods, and have a lovely special holiday weekend.

Dyed Easter crafts

Foodie Easter Craft Recipes

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Yarny Easter Crafts

Sewn, felted, glued Easter crafts

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  1. Plush Robbits
  2. Bunny egg cosies
  3. Easter egg stripe dyeing
  4. Felt bunny bunting
  5. Easter egg grass heads
  6. Easter bunny cards
  7. Liquorice candy baskets
  8. Decoupage surprise eggs
  9. Felt easter egg pockets
  10. Water colour easter eggs

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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. Visit her blog: Myrtle and Eunice.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Using a stuffing stick (or chopstick), push stuffing into the body firmly and evenly.
  9. Sew the stuffing opening closed using a small whip stitch. Sew the buttons on for eyes.

easter chick tutorial

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10 Stylish Easter Projects

by kath_red on April 15, 2011

in Holidays

  1. Chocolate surprise eggs
  2. Fabric eggs
  3. Ukrainian eggs
  4. Origami chicks and bunnies
  5. Linen egg warmer
  6. Natural dyed onion eggs
  7. Doodle eggs
  8. Message in an egg
  9. Nest napkin rings
  10. Painted eggs

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