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

 

 

 

 

Didn’t think I was going to make it, but just in time for Easter 12 patchwork eggs!

I saw the pattern for these eggs in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine issue 19, and knew I had fabric which would be perfect for making them.  The only problem I had was whether I would get them finished in time for Easter with it being only a week away! Luckily I had a little bit of help (thank you mum!!) with the  snipping of the eggs along the inside seams once they were sewn together and I have just got them finished this evening – with plenty of time to spare!

   

They are perfect for using up any small bits of fabric – which I seem to have a ridiculous amount of, so I had more than enough to make a set of 12! They were also really simple to do and much quicker to make than I thought they would be! Very happy, I can’t wait until Easter! 

   

Tap, crack, splat and sizzle….

A friend of mine has two little ones who are needing some more play food for their play kitchen, so decided I would crochet some up for them as a gift for Easter to go with their chocolate eggs, they will last a lot longer than the chocolate which will be gone in minutes!

I wasn’t too sure what to make to start, so made a list of some foods to try and have started with what thought would be the easiest to make a pattern for – a egg for frying! Or a splattered cream egg since its Easter!

I cracked two of these up in no time and had them done in one evening, I am happy they have come out so well, and am glad I choose to put a stuffed dome on for the yolk at it makes them look even more realistic!

Not too sure what I will make next..I will keep you posted as soon as I have done something else!

I used DMC Natura Just Cotton in Tournesol N16 (yellow) and Ibiza N01 (white).

Fried egg pattern;

4mm hook

In yellow;

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 6dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each dc
Round 3: 2dc into next stitch, 1dc
Round 4: 2dc into next stitch, 2dc
Round 5: 2dc into next stitch, 3dc

Change to white;

Round 6: dc around
Round 7: 2dc into next stitch, 4dc
Round 8: 2dc into next stitch, 5dc
Round 9: 2dc into next stitch, 6dc

Row 1: 10dc, turn
Row 2: ch1, 10dc, turn
Row 3: ch1, dc2tog 6dc dc2tog, turn
Row 4: ch1 dc2tog 4dc dc2tog, turn
Row 5: ch1 dc2tog 2dc dc2tog, turn
Row 6: ch1 dc2tog twice, turn

Ch1, 2dc, then Dc down edge of rows 1-6, 18dc, turn

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Picture 1: dc down edge of rows 1-6

Row 1: ch1, 16dc, turn
Row 2: ch1, dc2tog 12dc dc2tog, turn
Row 3: ch1, dc2tog 10dc dc2tog, turn
Row 4: ch1, dc2tog 8dc dc2tog, turn
Row 5: ch1, dc2tog 6dc dc2tog, turn
Row 6: ch1, dc2tog 4dc dc2tog, turn
Row 7: ch1, dc2tog, 2dc dc2tog, turn

Ch1, 4dc, then dc down edge of rows 1-7, 12dc, turn

Row 1: ch1, dc2tog 6dc, dc2tog, turn
Row 2: ch1, dc2tog 4dc, dc2tog, turn
Row 3: ch1, dc2tog 2dc, dc2tog, turn
Row 4: ch1, dc2tog twice

dc down edge of rows 1-4, 11dc, turn

Row 1: ch1, dc2tog 4dc, dc2tog
Row 2: ch1, dc2tog 2dc, dc2tog

Dc down edge of rows 1-2, this takes you back to the start of the egg edge waves.

Dc around the whole of the edge of the egg, slip stitch into dc at the start.
Fasten off

Fasten off all loose ends </em>

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For yolk dome:
In yellow make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 6dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each dc
Round 3: 2dc into each dc
Round 4: dc around
Round 5: dc around
Round 6: dc around
Fasten off, leaving long tail to attach to egg base

Place stuffing into yolk dome, then sew onto the egg base in the same location as the yolk area crocheted previously. Fasten off all loose ends.

Finished!!

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Projects everywhere! It’s getting a bit busy in this craft basket, I need to get a bigger one (any excuse), luckily one project is flying the nest!

It’s a busy time of year for me again at the moment for making gifts, first there is Mother’s Day, closely followed by Easter both of which I have a number of projects to make for! Not that I am complaining about having things to make – I love making gifts, my main concern is whether I will get them all finished in time! Also I have a number of projects I am itching to get started on and to complete for myself, but these will just have to wait for now!

I have been busy this week working on both my Mother’s Day present and Easter one, and have just got the Easter one finished first……

Cheeping happily out of the craft basket is a very cute bird potholder! I came across this pot holder in Simply Crochet magazine issue 28 and just had to make it for Easter! I had some cotton in different shades of blue left over from another project which I knew would be perfect, along with some leftover cotton in Orange and yellow so set about making it. I was really surprised how quickly it came together – I had it finished in an evening! I love a quick make – especially when I have so many others I want to get done!

This cherpy little make is brilliant, it makes me smile when I look at it, and it is going to make a perfect present for Easter, I like giving something crafty to keep along with a chocolate egg so that the recipient can use it for the next Easter too, it means it’s around for a lot longer than any of the chocolate! I liked it so much – I made another one for myself!

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