Thursday, March 6, 2008

Spring Chick and Easter Egg Craft Tutorial

This egg cracks open to reveal a tiny chick hiding inside. The best thing about this project is the pattern can be made with a few items already hanging around your house.

Here’s what you’ll need:
Scrap of light yellow fabric
Scrap of dark yellow fabric
Scrap of batting
Pinch of stuffing, fabric scraps or a cotton ball
White or ivory wool or felt – really, any color will work
Embroidery Floss
Egg shaped cookie cutter
Two different sized spools of thread for tracing
I’m not sure which came first, the chicken or the egg – in this case, I started with the chick. Grab a regular spool of thread and trace a circle – either on paper as a pattern or directly on the fabric. You’re going to need two light yellow circles and one batting circle. Layer one light yellow circle and one batting circle, the wrong side of the fabric should be against the batting. Embroider the chick’s beak and eyes. Add the last light yellow circle to the bottom, with the wrong side of the fabric against the batting, and hand stitch around the circle. Be sure to add the pinch of stuffing just before you finish the last few stitches. Now grab a smaller spool of thread like Guiterman, and trace a circle on the darker yellow fabric. Cut the circle in half to form the wings. Stitch or glue the wings on.

To make the egg, grab an egg shaped cookie cutter and trace it on your felt two times. If you don’t have a cookie cutter lying around, borrow one from your neighbor or print out an egg shape from your computer. Word has all kinds of egg shapes in clip art.
Cut one of the felt eggs in half making v shapes as you go. You now have one solid egg back and two egg halves for the front. Here’s where you get creative…grab your favorite embroidery book or go on line and find some stitches that you like. Embellish your egg – go crazy or keep it simple. When you’ve had enough, blanket stitch the front pieces of the egg to the back, going around the edges of the egg and matching up the middle section where you cut the v’s.


14 comments:

  1. This is such a great tutorial! So adorable!!! :)

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  2. Very sweet!! And a great tutorial, thanks!

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  3. I have to try squeeze this project in this week. They are just so cute.
    Smiles!

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  4. I came across your blog looking for quiet book ideas. I love looking at all the amazing things you have made!!!
    Thanks for the tips and inspiration :)

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  5. What a sweet little project - thank you!

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  6. Thanks for the tutorial on these cute little chicks. I made 8! Eight! Here's my pic

    http://flickr.com/photos/joeysews/2343770348/

    Cute stuff!

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  8. Here via Crafty Crow. I might just have to make this!

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  9. Umm. This is so cute. Thanks ! Now I am running to my craft room to start making these for Sunday!! LOVE THEM!
    Rachel

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  10. I posted about your craft on my blog! Just wanted to let you know!
    Rachel (again)
    www.5littlecraftybirdies@blogspot.com

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