Following the flamingo out of a tangle of wings and beaks and squawking happily, a macaw 

The number of bird bits remaining in my craft bag are slowly reducing – there’s only a few left in there now and the next completed bird to make its way out is this lovely macaw.

I love the bright colours of this macaw, perfect to brighten up any dull day.

This macaw is from Kerry Lords book, Edwards menagerie: birds.

After a short break the birds are back, and first out the bag is a fabulous flamingo 

I have had a random assortment of legs, beaks, wings and bodies in my craft bag for a while now since my last flurry of bird makes, and have finally found some time to make the final few pieces and put these birds together. The first completed and strutting out happily is a very fabulous and very pink flamingo.  
   

The pattern for this flamingo is from Kerry Lords book, Edwards Menagerie: birds 

Another Easter make using fabric yoyos, this time it’s an Easter chicken! 

Following on from the yoyo Easter bunny I decided to make an Easter chicken with yoyo dangly legs. Similarly to the bunny this is great for using up all the bits of fabric left over from other craft projects, something which I always seem to have plenty of!

I opted for yellows and oranges for this chicken but you could use any colours you wanted. You can also make it as big or as small as you like by just changing the size of the templates used.

Easter chicken with dangly yoyo legs
Materials
Fabric – orange for the legs (enough for 28 yoyos in total) and 3 different colours for the body

Thread

Needle

Paper for templates

Pins

Toy stuffing

2 buttons

Felt, red for comb and wattles, orange for beak
1- Make the paper templates
For the body: you will need an oval shape with a pointed top to the size you want the chicken body to be. Mine was 12cm long and 4.5cm wide at the middle.


For the yoyo legs: you need a circle for the yoyos, mine was 6.5cm.


2- Cut out the fabric and felt

For the body: cut out 2 body pieces in each of the 3 colours (6 pieces in total), making sure you leave a 0.5cm seam allowance when cutting out.
For the legs: cut out 28 pieces of fabric.
For the wattles, beak and comb: cut out a triangle for the beak in Orange felt, the cut a comb and wattles in red.

3- Making the body

Split the 6 body pieces into two piles, each pile having one of each of the 3 colours. Using one of these piles take two pieces and place right sides together, sew down one side, now take the third body piece place right sides together and sew down the side. This makes one side of the body. Repeat this to make the other side.





4- Adding in the beak, wattles and comb
Place one of the body sides right side up and lay the beak, wattles and comb facing inwards so 0.5cm of them hangs over the edge of the fabric, pin to secure. Place the other body piece right side down on top and pin in place. Sew around to join the to body pieces together, leaving a 4 cm gap for turning. Turn the right way around, stuff with toy stuffing and slip stitch closed.





5- Making the legs

To make the yoyos for the leg: Thread your needle, and tie a knot in the end. Turning the edge of the circle inwards, sew around the edge of the circle and once you reach the point where you started, pull the thread tightly so the fabric gathers up. Fasten this off to complete – repeat until you have made all the yoyos.

 


To make the legs: starting with a button cast on and sew to the back of a yoyo. Now thread on 13 more yoyos to give 14 in total, now sew onto the body of the chicken and repeat for the other leg.




6- Adding the eyes

Sew on two buttons for eyes.

This yo-yo bunny is perfect for Easter and great for using up fabric leftovers

As mentioned in my previous quilt post I always have bits of fabric left over from projects and am currently looking for ways to use them up so they don’t go to waste and don’t end up taking over my craft cupboard which is starting to become a loosing battle. As Easter is rapidly approaching I came up with a few ideas to make some Easter makes using fabric yo-yos. I haven’t made yo-yos in years and to be honest had completely forgot about them until I came across an old make of mine from when I was little which used them.

The first Easter yoyo make is a very cute little bunny, you could make this as big or as small as you like, all you need to do is change the size of the yo-yo pattern.


Fabric yoyo Easter bunny tutorial

To change the size of the finished bunny all you need to do is alter the size of the yoyos.

 

Materials

Thread

Needle

Pins

Fabric – I used off cuts from fabrics I have used previously by the Craft Cotton Company

4 small buttons

Toy stuffing

Paper to make the yoyo template

 

1- Make the yoyo template

You will need two different sized circles for this make, one larger one for the body arms and legs, and a smaller one for the hands and feet. For larger yoyo I used a circle with an 11.5 cm diameter, and for the smaller yoyo I used a circle with a diameter of 6.5 cm.


2-Cutting out the fabric

I cut out the following number of fabric circles:

14 large circles for body

8 large circles for each arm (16 in total)

12 large circles for each leg (24 in total)

4 smaller circles for hands and feet

1 small circle for tail

4 large circles for the ears

2 small circles with an added 0.5cm seam allowance for the face


3-Making the yoyos

Thread your needle, and tie a knot in the end of the thread. Now, turning the edge of the circle inwards, sew around the edge of the circle, and once you reach the point where you started, pull the thread so the fabric gathers up. Fasten this off and you have made your first yoyo – repeat until you have made all the yoyos.

 

4- Sewing the bunny together

 

The body

For the body sew 14 of the yoyos together, with the gathered back of each yoyo facing downwards. Fasten off, but leave a long thread to attach the head.


The arms

Starting with a button, cast on and sew on to the front of the smaller yoyo. Continue sewing through 8 of the arm yoyos, and then wrap the arm thread around the body thread 3 yoyos from the top. Make a small stitch into the yoyo of the body to secure and then sew on the remaining 8 arm yoyos, the smaller yoyo, and then finish with a button. Fasten off.

 

  
   
 

The legs

Starting with a button, cast on and sew on to the front of the smaller yoyo. Continue sewing through 12 of the leg yoyos, and then wrap the thread around the body thread 1 yoyo from the bottom. Make a small stitch into the body yoyo to secure and then sew on the remaining 12 leg yoyos, the smaller yoyo, and then finish with a button. Fasten off.

 

  
5- Making the ears

 

Fold a large circle in half and draw the outline for half an ear. Cut this shape and use this as a template to make 3 more ear pieces. I chose to use grey for the back of both ears, and a pink and white speckle for the front. Place the front and back ear pieces right sides together and sew around leaving a 4 cm gap, turn right way around and slip stitch closed. Fold each side of the bottom edge of the ear inward and sew.


 

6- Making the face

Lay the back face piece with right side up. Place the ears with their bases hanging 0.5 cm over the edge of the head piece with their front sides facing upwards. Now place the front piece on top and sew around the edge leaving a 4cm gap. Tuck the ears in you so you don’t end up sewing them into the seam. Turn the right way around, stuff and slip stitch closed. Sew on eye, nose, and mouth details.


 
 

7- Making the tail

Make a small yoyo and sew onto back of rabbit, 3 yoyos from the base of the body.

 

All finished!


This tutorial was made using fabric from the Craft Cotton Company, check out their blog for more great tutorials. http://craftcottonco.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

 

 

 

 

In a vain attempt to try and use up some of my fabric scraps before they completely take over the house I am making some more quilts 

I got the idea for this quilt from a quilt I saw in Love Patchwork and quilting magazine issue 19. I really liked the way of adding patchwork detail to a piece of fabric by stitching on patchwork designs made using the English paper piecing technique, this created a quilt effect which was a lot different to anything I have made before. I really like using the English paper piecing technique while quilting too so this was perfect for me.  
I’ve been on a bit of a mission to try and use up some of my fabric scraps recently (as they are rapidly taking over!) and they were perfect for making the patchwork details. On the downside, I think I still have enough scraps to make hundreds more of these patchwork details so I haven’t made quite the dent in my stash I wanted to but at least I have made a start. Also I have actually gained some more scraps from the backing and front fabric I bought for this so this plan my have backfired a little!

I love this quilt, think it’s up there as one my favourites.  
  
   
   

Perfect for guarding all the Easter eggs this Easter, a brood of bean bag hens! 

These little bean bag chickens are the perfect addition for Easter. They are ideal for decorating your home – it’s impossible to have too many easter decorations about especially cute chickens. These are also great for gifting, along with some chocolate goodies or on their own, either way, they are guaranteed to make people smile.  
  
Bean bag chicken tutorial 

Materials

Fabric, I used Ombre trends by Heather Jacks for the Craft Cotton Company in lime, blue and pink

Thread

Scissors

Pins

Felt: Orange and red

Buttons

Needle

Rice

Stuffing

Wool (if doing dangly legs, two pieces 18cm long)

 

1- Making the template

Make a triangle template for the chickens. I opted to use a triangle 6×6 inches but it can be any size you choose.

  

 
 

 

2- Cutting out the fabric

Using the template, cut out 4 triangles of fabric for each chicken. I chose to use different patterns in the same colours for each chicken, but you could do any colour combinations you like.

 

3- Making the felt details

Cut out the felt details – you’ll need the following; a comb for the head, a beak, and a wattle (dangly bit under beak!), all in red felt. You can also cut out some feet in orange if you are adding these.

   

4- Putting the chicken together

Lay the first triangle flat with the right side up and place on the beak and wattle – make sure to place them facing inwards with their base edge just hanging over the fabric triangle.

  

   
  
Place another triangle right sides together on top and sew down the seam.

 

Put the comb on the side opposite to the beak, again with it facing inwards, and take another triangle and place on top right sides together and sew down the seam.  

   

    

Now, sew the first triangle you attached to the last one to form the triangle, place right sides together and sew down the seam. So not turn out but leave with right sides facing together.

  

 
 

Add the base by placing each side of the base triangle right sides together with the three sides of the chicken; make sure you leave a gap to turn the right way around.

  

   

 

If you are adding in feet or dangly leg detail, you need to add them in while attaching the base. Place them so they are facing inwards with their top edge just hanging over the edge of the fabric before sewing along the seam.  

   

         
  

 

Turn chicken out the right way.

  

 

5- Stuffing

Place in the toy stuffing, leaving a space at the base. Now place some rice into the base to give it a bit of weight. You can also just fill the whole chicken with rice if you prefer, or leave the rice out completely and just use stuffing. Slip stitch down the seam to close.

  

   

 

6- Eyes

Sew on two buttons for the eyes.

  

 
 

7- Extra details

For wing details, sew on a selection of different coloured and sized buttons onto the side of the chickens.

For the dangly legs thread on some different sized buttons (I used yellow) onto the wool with an orange button at the base for the foot.

  

    
   
  
This tutorial is also available over on The Craft Cotton Company website: http://craftcottonco.blogspot.co.uk/p/happy-customers.html?m=1 

There are lots of other great tutorials over on there too.