Easter Chicken

Colourful Easter chicken – free sewing instructions with sewing patterns in 3 sizes

Sew these colourful Easter chickens. These Easter chickens can be sewn super fast and look great as table decorations or hang them from Easter branches.

You can download this free pattern in three different sizes.

Sizes:

Easter chicken in the following three sizes:

  • small Easter chicken 7.5 cm x 5 cm (WxH)
  • medium Easter chicken 9 cm x 7.5 cm (WxH)
  • large Easter chicken 13 cm x 10.5 cm (WxH)

Materials for Easter chicken

  • Cotton fabric, small 4 inches x 8 inches, medium 6 inches x 10 inches, large 8 inches x 16 inches
  • Craft felt, 2-3 mm thick, leftovers
  • Jersey, leftovers
  • Filling
  • For sitting version you need to make bag of thin cotton fabric filled with granules, details below.
  • Embroidery thread or narrow ribbon (optional, as suspension)
  • 2 beads in black, diameter approx. 3-4 mm
  • color-matching sewing thread

FOR SITTING VERSON

To stop the  Easter chickens from tipping over they need to contain a weighted filling bag, eg: decorative granules, sand etc.

Sewing filling bags

Cut a rectangular shape piece of fabric and fold the piece in half, sew the side edges together and fill the page with the filling.  Close the opening and stitch the seam closed.  Put the bag into the bottom of the chicken before closing. Size, small 2 inches x 3 inches, medium 3 inches x 5 inches, large 4 inches x 7 inches.

Pattern download

Click to download Easter Chicken

Make sure you do not resize before printing.

Seam allowances

The pattern states seam allowance is 0.5cm. The comb and beak are cut with no seam allowance.

Cutting

Make sure to transfer all markings from the pattern on to the fabric.

Cotton fabric cut:

  • 2 x body pieces, (opposite)

Craft felt cut:

  • 1 x comb
  • 1 x beak

Legs :

  • cut 5 x strips for the tail, small 2.5 inches, medium 3 inches, 4 inches, (sizes approx)
  • cut 2 x strips for the legs, small 4 inches, medium 5 inches, large 6 inches (sizes approx)

Sewing instructions:

Fix legs, comb and beak

Place the legs on the right side of the fabric according to the markings and stitch the legs within the seam allowance.

Place the comb and beak also on the right side of the fabric, making sure the tips are pointing inwards, and stitch within the seam allowance

Attach hanger loop (optional)

Cut a suitable piece of narrow ribbon, embroidery thread or any narrow tape. Make a loop and knot the ends, place the look on the ride side according to the marking and stitch within the seam allowance.

Top and front edges step:

Place the two body parts on top of each other right sides together. Pin the top and front edges. Make sure the legs and loop do not catch in the seam with sewing together. Backstitch the beginning and end to secure.

Back seam:

Before sewing place the stripes for the tail to the end of the rear seam pointing inwards.

Stitch the back seam, leaving opening according to markings. Backstitching to secure. Iron the opening seam allowance.

Close the bottom seam:

Pulling apart the two layers of fabric place them together with the front and back seams meeting each other in the centre, so you a leg on each side. Fix with pins and sew together.

On the curves cut the seam allowances just before the stitching so that it will lie nicely.

Cut the seam allowances on the curves until just before the seam so that it lies nicely after turning. Separate the stitches within the turning opening.

Turn right side out:

Now turn the Easter chicken right side out. Stuff the chicken with filling, shape the corner with a blunt needle (slide the filling bag in at the bottom of the chicken for the weight version).  Stitch opening closed with fine stitches.  Sew on eyes, either, beads, embroidery or mark with pen).

Have fun sewing

 


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