Party Chickens Softies

Every year, we have the utmost pleasure creating a softie for Trixi Symonds' Sew A Softie campaign. Trixi Symonds is the brilliant woman behind this initiative created to inspire a love of sewing in children. You can find more information about the Sew A Softie campaign here. Learning to sew was incredibly empowering for me. I had trouble finding clothes that fit well as an adolescent. Being able to sew gave me great freedom. I sewed most of my own clothing. If I can pass this skill on to my children, I know that they too will find an important level of self sufficiency.

Now on to things of a more silly nature...PARTY CHICKENS. These Party Chickens were sooo fun to make! They provided me with an opportunity to teach my daughter how to use our sewing machine too! Juju and I have done hand stitching previously but I've been reluctant to bring out the machine. Now that she is a bit older, we went for it. She did amazing! Yet another example of how children are far more capable than we often give them credit for.

Check out her bird! I love the colors and the fabrics she chose! <Proud mama moment>


Gather:

Party Chicken Body and Head Template

Party Chicken Wing and Tail Feathers

Fabric of your choice

Pins

Needles

Embroidery thread

Scissors

Poly-Fil

Optional: Sewing Machine


Create:

1. Print your templates. Cut them out.

2. Fold your fabric over itself to create two pieces once the pattern is cut out.

3. Pin your template onto your doubled fabric. Cut out each piece.

4. Separate all pieces. Pin the wings on the right side of the bodies, lining up the upper corners of the wing and body. Use your sewing machine or hand sew the wings in place. Leave an opening where the head will be.

5. Cut the loose strings. Lightly stuff the wings.