How to Make Homemade Chicken Toys
for Imaginative Play or a Nature Table
Easter is gaining on us! Are you a bit behind on your Easter crafting, or looking for some Easter-inspired craft for your nature table? Here is an endearing wool fleece chicken you can make in about 20 minutes or so. Why not make a little Easter chicken family, or sew up a bunch for Easter gifts?
How to make homemade chicken toys or props for storytime? Let me show you how.
1. First, you’ll need a 30 cm length of wool fleece (sliver) in your favourite ‘chicken’ colour- orange, yellow, brown, white, black…
2. Fold the wool fleece in half and gently tie a knot in the centre. Remember to keep your fingers close to the knot when you pull to tighten or it may break in half.
3. Gently tease a tiny sliver of wool out from under the knot as a thread, then wrap this thread firmly around the ‘neck’ underneath the knot to make the ‘head’.
4. Turn your fleece upside down. Fold the ends of the fleece under themselves into the centre and use your fingers to gently spread the fibres wide. Try to overlap the fibres at each end so they form a circle.
5. Use one hand to hold the wool like so. Use your pointer finger to make a hole in the centre of the body and gently push the fibres into place. Thread a needle with matching cotton (be sure to leave a tail of thread about 3 cm long behind the knot) and run the needle and thread in a gather-type stitch around the base circle of the ‘body’ to help secure it in place.
6. When you reach the start, take hold of the two ends of the thread and pull in the gather stitch gently. Tie a knot to secure it in place.
7. Your chicken (body with head) should now stand up independently.
8. Cut a small triangle from a piece of scrap felt for the beak. (I used orange.)
9. Fold the triangle in half like so.
10. Use small stitches to attach the beak to the front of the head knot.
11. To make the ‘comb’ on top of the chicken’s head, cut out two pieces of red felt like this.
12. Place the two felt templates together and attach them to the top of the knot using tiny stitches along the base.
13. Here is the side view, front view and back view for you!
14. Cut two large teardrop shapes, and two slightly smaller teardrop shapes, from scrap pieces of felt. Glue the smaller piece onto the front of the larger piece.
15. To make sure you glue the top piece on the right side of the base, place your templates up against each side of the chicken.
16. Secure your chicken wings to the body with a star stitch in the top corner.
17. Attach a bead to either side for eyes.
And there you have it. A twee little chick, just for you!