Lucky Chicken Pattern
Skill level: Beginner
Duration: About 15 to 30 mins
Original Finished size: about 3″ wide and 3″ tall, You may enlarge or shrink the template to make other sizes
Pattern: Download Lucky Chicken Template in pdf format.
1. Fabric or scraps 3 1/4″ x 3 1/2″
2. Felt scraps: white, orange, red
3. Black domed eyes, 4mm
4. Filling Materials – polyester fiberfill, beans, rice, silica bead, sand, or scented potpourri etc.
5. Matching color sewing thread
6. Tacky glue (optional, you can sew to baste instead of using glue)
1. Sewing machine or hand sewing
2. Sewing kits
4. Printer & letter size cardstock
5. Pencil or water soluble fabric marker
6. Blunt point tweezers
Note: Lucky Chicken pattern is perfect to sew as ornament, pincushion, bean bag, potpourri sachet and paper weight. Besides, you may enlarge the pattern and sew it into chicken doll or door stop (by filling it with sand). If you wish to challenge yourself, how about try to sew a chicken coin purse by adapting the triangle coin purse pattern & tutorial.
Lucky Chicken Template in pdf format. Print out the template on a letter size card stock or thicker paper that is suitable to make template. check your scale by measuring the scale chart in the template page to get the original size. You may enlarge or shrink the templates to sew in other sizes of Lucky Chicken.
Cut out the paper templates and gather all the required materials and tools. I used polyester fiberfill for this tutorial.
Trace and cut out the fabric and felt pieces.
You need to cut:
1 piece of fabric (cut with 1/4″ seam allowance),
2 pcs of orange felt wing,
2 pcs of orange felt feet,
1 pc of orange felt beak,
2 pcs of white felt eye,
1 pc of red felt comb 2,
1 pcs of red felt comb 1,
2 pcs of red felt waddle
Position the felt pieces on the fabric according to the pattern. The beak is folded diagonally.
Put a small dot of glue to glue them to the seam allowance of the fabric piece, or, sew to baste. Eyes and wings are glue on the fabric piece since they are outside the seam allowance, make 2 small stitches on the wings with orange thread to make them permanent.
Fold the comb 1 to the left (where the blue arrow is) in order to bring that edge away from the seam allowance and won’t get stitch up accidentally.
Fold the fabric in half as shown in the picture. Sew the vertical and top horizontal seam line.
Turn the chicken pattern right side out and shape the corner nicely.
Sew the black domed button eyes to the white felt eye. Experience other position of the eyes, it will give various expression and character to the chicken.
Stuff the chicken pattern with the filling materials of your choice. Fill the corners with a small amount of fiberfill so that the corners look fuller and nicer, then fill the body with the materials of your choice.
Pinch the base of the chicken pattern as shown in the picture, the vertical seam line is now at the mid of the base line. Pin and sew with slip stitch to close the opening.
Add more fiberfill to make the chicken looks and feels packed.
Finish up the sewing.
If you are using water soluble marker, spray water to erase the marks and leave to dry.
Front portrait of the Lucky Chicken.
Side Portrait of the Lucky Chicken.