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How to Make a Chicken Door Stop

Project level: Easy

 

Three fabric chicken doorstops sitting on a window sill
 

You will need: A sewing machine, scissors, 120 cm's of ribbon, your choice of fabrics (I chose Rose and Hubble florals), corresponding thread, a small handful of rice and a needle.

You will also need toy stuffing or the contents of a pillow, (I use pillows bought from a supermarket that cater for students... the stuffing is the same as toy stuffing, adheres to fire safety regulation and you get more for your money... that's more money to spend on fabric to hide in your house!!)

Instructions:

First you will need to download and print the PDF pattern. Ensure you do not check the box on the print dialogue that says "Scale to Fit" or "Fit to Page" and check that the test box has printed at the correct size of 5cm.

Step 1:

Following the pattern instructions, cut two Chicken bodies and two wings.

Pin the wings onto the bodies and stitch. You can use straight stitch, zig zags.. the more patterned the better

The tutorial example after completing step 1

Step 2:

Cut your ribbon into 10cm strips.

Fold in half and pin two to the tail and three to the head (comb).

Pin one to the chest (waffle).

I basted my ribbons in place (tacked them in place).

The tutorial example after completing step 2

Step 3:

Put your fabric right side to right side and pin.

Stitch around the edge leaving the bottom of the chicken open.

The tutorial example after completing step 3

Step 4:

Turn the right way round and press.

The tutorial example after completing step 4

Step 5:

Sew a rectangle of fabric 10x10cms,  leaving one end open and using a funnel, fill with rice. You can do it without a funnel but you will end up with rice everywhere...

Stitch on a sewing machine.

The tutorial example after completing step 5

Step 6:

Stuff the neck and tail with the stuffing.

The tutorial example after completing step 6

Step 7:

When the body has a good shape, put the rice bag into the body and stuff around it.

The tutorial example after completing step 7

Step 8:

Pin the bottom together and pin.

The tutorial example after completing step 8

Step 9:

Slip stitch the opening

The tutorial example after completing step 9

Step 10:

Cut three pieces of ribbon, fold over and stitch together.

The tutorial example after completing step 10

Step 11:

Stitch to the body on the base, this makes the foot of the chicken. Repeat for the other foot.

The tutorial example after completing step 11

Step 12:

Next you will need to give your chicken some eyes!

There are two ways of doing this, you can sew on two very small buttons or check out our YouTube Channel for instructions on how to embroider a French Knot, which is easier than it sounds!

Enjoy your chicken and have a very Happy Easter!!

Sharon Stainsby

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