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Chicken cushion by Debbie Shore



This cute cushion can be made in any size you like as long as the fabric pieces are square, so you could create a whole chicken family! If young children are going to play with the chicken, I’d recommend embroidering the eyes instead of using buttons.

  • Sewing
  • < 1 hour
  • Intermediate

Materials:

  • 2 x 12” squares of fabric for the body [I used The Craft Cotton Company’s Tea Party]
  • 9” square felt for the wings [I used Corrine Lappiere’s Summer bundle]
  • 6” red felt for the comb and wattle
  • 3” square yellow felt for the beak
  • 2 x black buttons for eyes
  • Embroidery thread
  • 250g toy filler
  • 8” circle template, for instance a plate

Instructions:

  1. Using your circle template, cut a 9” circle from the wing felt, then cut the circle in half.

  2. For the comb, cut a 3” x 2” strip of red felt, then cut a wavy line across the top. The beak is a yellow felt triangle measuring 2” across the short side and 2 ½” to the point, and the wattles are two red felt pieces measuring ¾” x 1 ½”, rounded at one short end. These measurements don’t need to be exact!

  3. Place the wings in the centre of each 12” square of fabric at a 45-degree angle, making sure the wings are mirror-imaged on each piece. Sew around the edges to secure. Hand-sew a few cross stitches to decorate. [you could add a few buttons too if you wish!]

  4. Place the comb on the top front of the head, ½” from the corner, facing inwards and sew. Sew the beak to the adjacent side, 1” from the corner and facing inwards, and the two wattle pieces slightly staggered just underneath the beak, again, facing inwards.

  5. Place the comb on the top front of the head, ½” from the corner, facing inwards and sew. Sew the beak to the adjacent side, 1” from the corner and facing inwards, and the two wattle pieces slightly staggered just underneath the beak, again, facing inwards.

  6. Pull the sides of the open end so that the seams sit on top of each other and sew, leaving a turning gap in the centre of about 3”.

  7. Turn the right side out and stuff with toy filler, hand-sew the opening closed.

  8. Sew the two black buttons either side of the face, taking the needle straight through the head and pulling the thread slightly to create dimples either side. And you’re finished!