Laura Howard is back today with a brand new tutorial for cute Easter tree ornaments you can make out of felt! Over to you, Laura!
Felt ornaments aren’t just for Christmas! Decorate a Spring or Easter display with these cute felt chicken and egg ornaments – they’d look fab hung from doorknobs, or from a cluster of budding twigs in a vase. You could also use the templates to sew felt chicken brooches (you definitely can’t have too many fun felt chickens!).
You will need:
*The PDF template sheet
*Wool blend felt in assorted colours, including Halloween orange for the beaks
*Matching sewing threads
*A sewing needle and pins
*Sewing scissors (embroidery scissors are perfect for cutting out small felt pieces)
To make each ornament:
1. Use the templates provided to cut out two chickens, two wings, and two eggs. If you’re making a set of the ornaments, plan your colour choices in advance so they’re mixed and matched across the set. I used Candyfloss, Wisteria and Baby Blue felt to make my ornaments.
2. Position the wings on the chickens, as shown. Sew them in place with running stitch and matching sewing thread.
3. Cut a length of contrasting embroidery thread and separate half the strands (so you’ll be using three out of the six strands). Use the thread to sew three long stitches on each of the wings and one stitch on each of the tail feathers.
4. Add a black bead or small black sequin to each side of the chicken, creating its eyes.
Tip: don’t have any black beads or sequins the right size? Cut tiny circles of black felt instead, or sew a few overlapping stitches with black embroidery thread.
5. Use the beak template to cut one beak from orange felt. Turn over one of the chicken pieces and position the beak, as shown. Sew it in place with whip stitch, taking care to sew into the felt of the chicken but not through it (so your stitches won’t show on the outside of the ornament).
6. Cut two pieces of narrow ribbon: one 18cm (7 inches) long, one 4cm (1½ inches) long. Fold the longer piece into a loop and sew it at the top of the chicken, as pictured, with whip stitches (again make sure you sew into the felt but not through it). Then use more whip stitches to add the smaller piece to the bottom of the chicken, as shown.
7. Place the two sides of the chicken together and join the edges with blanket stitch or whip stitch and matching sewing thread. Leave a gap along the bottom edge, lightly stuff the chicken with toy stuffing then sew up the gap.
Tip: for even stuffing, add small pieces at a time to gradually fill up the shape.
8. Attach one of the felt egg shapes to the small piece of ribbon sticking out from below the chicken. Use whip stitch and matching thread, sewing into the felt but not through it.
9. Place the two egg shapes together and join the edges with blanket stitch or whip stitch and matching sewing thread. Leave a gap at the bottom, lightly stuff the egg with toy stuffing then sew up the gap.