June 14, 2013

Are You Chicken? TUTORIAL

I've been wanting to make something like this for a while. On my FB page, I follow a 'chicken lady'. Although this picture is not of her chickens, she does have some similar....and I love to see them!
I was also inspired by an Artist on our OFG Team, Barb of Barb's Heartstrokes!
I LOVE whimsy and these were just soooo fun to look at. SO, I came up with these guys!
My whimsical Folk Art Chickens!
I actually drew up this pattern months ago and set it aside.
I checked out on Etsy.com to see if there were any more like mine. 
I found this guy.....
And this guy.....
Brenda from the Rusty Thimbles is the closest I've seen to mine. Isn't this adorable?!!

I'm going to share my patten with you....and give you a 'walk through' as to how I made them.

Hope you can read the pattern. Just click on it and print.
1.Cut 2 pieces out of cotton fabrics for body. Seam allowance is already added. Leave the bottom open for stuffing. 
2. Glue onto bobbin and wrap with sisal or jute around the bottom. Add spots of white craft glue or Hot glue; I used hot glue.
3. Paint the beak area Antique Gold (acrylic paint).
4. Cut out the heart from material of your choice. I used red felt on one and denim from an old pair of jeans on the other 2. Sew with large hand stitches and then glue to the body.
5. Tear strips of fabrics, pieces of raffia, jute, sisal, other fibers. Gather them in your hand and tie in a simple knot. Glue to the tip of the point on his rear. Leave different lengths and widths but not too many. You don't want him to fall over.

6. Now make some smaller strips for his funny little hair do. Hot glue it to the top. OR, cut out the comb from some red felt and hand stitch it. Leave it open at the bottom and glue to the head.
7. I added a strip of homespun at his neck with a spot of glue.
8. Also added a rusty safety pin with a rusted jingle bell.

I had a blast making these. Hope you do, too!
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Barb said...

HOW FABULOUS you creative girl you!! Love them, Love the colors, LOVE them!!
Thanks for the shout out on my pattern. For the LOVE of chickens!
Thanks for sharing....and you know what I will be asking for next, right?!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You're always so sweet to share your ideas for fun creations! I'm still chicken but I'll save the pattern in case I get brave! Thanks girlfriend!

Jessica said...

Thank you for the pattern and tut, the chickens are way cute! I love how patriotic you made yours!

Earlene Landis said...

Looks like hard work to me but very cute!
Have a great weekend.

Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

Those are tooo cute, Vicky!!! Like the fabric prints too!!!


Colleen said...

Love all the chickens! You come up with the cutest items! :)

yorkie's primitives said...

That is soooo cute!!! Thanks for the pattern and tute! Hugs, Valerie

Deb Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Those are adorable Vicky, thanks so much for sharing your pattern <3 Deb