Rainbow Blue Chicken Pillow

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About: I am an puppet creator and a sculptor

Chickens are such funny creatures! I really love how these guys turned out:)

I wanted for some time now to try making decorative pillows shaped like this, but this rainbow contest really gave me the kick to bring this idea to life:)

This was my first stuffing toys experiment!If you are curious to see my other creations you can check them out here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCircusCottage

Enjoy my instructable and feel free to leave me some feedback!

Step 1: Inspiration

A couple of months ago, I helped my friends from Alandala Circus Project create some new juggling props for their social project(doing circus training with children)

Together we've created these most adorable chicken juggling pyramids. it was an idea inspired from the web :).

Juggling pyramids are these cute props usually stuffed with seeds(the same as juggling balls), small, they weight around 90 grams, they are very useful to trainers in games, body contact and balance exercises.

We totally fell in love with this minimalist chicken image!You can find many creative variations on the internet , but for me this one is the best! it is simple and goofy, perfect!

What do you think about them?

Step 2:

Materials required:

Sewing Machine

Polar fleece( colors of the rainbow, dimension: 30/60cm each+some leftovers for the features)

Sewing thread(a bunch of colors)

Scissors

Polyester fibers(1 kg for 7 chickens)

14 Small buttons + a small piece of black polar fleece

Pins

Sewing needle

3 sheets of A4 paper(letter paper)

masking tape

pencil + Fabric Marker

Step 3: Making the Pattern

To create my pattern I taped the 3 sheets of paper together.

My goal is to have a final rectangle with one side the same dimension with the large side of a normal letter paper, and the second side a double of that

So I folded the paper to create a square and then doubled that square and cut out the surplus.

Step 4: Designing the Features Pattern

You need to design the features based on the dimension of the main rectangle pattern.

Once you are happy with the final design, cut the patterns for the features.

Step 5: Marking and Cutting the Fabric

Place the pattern on the fabric, mark and cut.

The fabric for the features should be folded in 2.

Step 6: Preparing the Features:sewing, Cutting & Stuffing

Sew each feature on the sewing machine, cut the surplus fabric.

Turn all pieces on the right side and stuff them with a little bit of polyester fibers, just to be slightly stuffed.

Step 7: Fixing All the Pieces Together

Fold your rectangular piece of fabric in two. Arrange all the features as you can see in the photos, in the corner opposing the fold line. Fix these two sides with pins, and leave the third side loose.

Step 8: Sewing

Sew the two sides containing the features.

Sew carefully, the fabric is thick due to all the layers and it will be a little tricky, especially if you own a hobby sewing machine.

Step 9: Sewing 2

Open the loose side, and fold it perpendicular to the other sewing lines.

Fix the middle. Sew half, and leave the other half loose for stuffing.

Step 10: Turning

Turn the chicken on the right side and check that all the features are sewn in the right position.

Step 11: Making the Eyes

Take your button and cover it with the black fleece fabric.

Take a strong string and wind it around the button, make a knot and then cut the surplus fabric.

Make two of these for each chicken:)

Sew them on the chicken, the tricky part is sewing both of them in the same position:)))))

Step 12: Stuffing

Stuff your chicken with polyester fiber.

Try to spread is evenly. my chicken for this dimension turned out to be a total of 200 grams.

Step 13: Closing the Last Hole

This sewing you will have to do by hand,so arm yourself with a sewing needle and some thread.

Do an invisible stitch by taking parallel bits from each side!

Finish it with a knot and celebrate, you finished your chicken!

Step 14:

Play with your rainbow chickens!

:)))

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    spark master

    3 months ago

    ANGRY BIRDS AWAY!!!!!! fill'm with sand and use for Corn Hole Game!

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    Yoruk

    4 months ago

    So colorful ! Love it.

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    todyattosa

    Reply 4 months ago

    thanks:))))))))))

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    alandalacircusproject

    4 months ago

    These are amazing! I'm gonna make a few for my nephews and one for my mother in law, she loves chickens, we all do.

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    LeslieGeee

    4 months ago

    Great tutorial thank you for sharing your idea! They are adorable! I agree with LVB on the 3 million other projects. Another to add to the monster list. :)

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    todyLeslieGeee

    Reply 4 months ago

    Thank you! what to do, we all have our monster lists.. :)))

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    barrys

    Tip 4 months ago

    Could add sand as stuffing and use for door stop

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    todybarrys

    Reply 4 months ago

    Wow, cool idea! thanks:) another friend said a beanbag would be great also! :)))))

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    LVB

    4 months ago

    If I weren't swamped with 3 million other projects, I'd start making these today. Love the whimsy and the cheer and the charm and just the smile they put on one's face...and your instructions are excellent.

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    todyLVB

    Reply 4 months ago

    Thank you!I know what you mean, I barely get to finish 1% of all the projects I would like to finish:)

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    RRWP

    4 months ago

    Great instructable. The final stitch to close the opening is called a ladder stitch. Suggestion- if making for a young child, use only felt or material for eyes. Buttons pose a chocking hazard.

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    todyRRWP

    Reply 4 months ago

    Thank you for the info and the suggestion, I'll keep that in mind!

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    Artuino

    4 months ago

    Very creative! I thought those were Angry Birds but instead they're "Lovely Chickens" to me..

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