Chicken Pin Cushions – Sewing Tutorial

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Materials:

  • Two 2.5″ fabric squares
  • Felt fabric in red, yellow, and brown to cut out shapes for the chicken comb, beak, and tail.
  • Two small beads for the eyes
  • Rice grains to fill the chicken body
  • Needle and thread

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Place the comb and beak onto the first fabric square (as pictured above).  Then place the second fabric square on top (right sides together) and sew across the top and down the right side.  Make sure the comb and beak are secure.

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Flip the sewn fabric right sides out and sew on the eyes (one on each side).

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Flip the fabric squares back and sew small stitches along the bottom to secure the corners, but leaving a gap in the middle.  This will be the opening used to flip the chicken back.

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On the side that is completely unsewn (left side), flip it open so the edges meet and it turns into a pyramid.  Insert the tail, secure, and sew completely shut.  Then flip back to the right side.

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Fatten this little guy up with the rice grains, then sew him shut.  I used a simple whipstitch.  The stitches are visible, but it’s ok, it’s on the bottom part anyway.  I guess you can blind stitch it, if you really want to hide the stitches.  But I like my hand stitching to show. It’s definitely not perfect but I think the imperfections make it special.  :)

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Little chicken tushie.  Yes, I said tushie.  It’s a funny word!

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So there you have it, folks!  Tiny chicken pin cushions!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and keep coming back for more!  Let me know how yours turn out!

Lots of love, Susie 😊✨

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Have you tried this tutorial?  Let me know what you think!

  • Jessica - Thank-You so much for this adorable Chicken project! I received a beautiful new sewing machine for a birthday gift last month, and after finally finding time to get it out of the box, and familiarizing myself with it (its only been 17 yrs since I’ve sewn) I need to get a small project completed before tackling a biggie! I find myself thinking I would make a flock even if I was sewing continuously for 30 years! They are adorable! Thanks for sharing!August 12, 2017 – 10:28 amReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Jessica, happy to hear you’re getting back into sewing!!! Happy belated birthday! 😊✨August 13, 2017 – 10:51 amReplyCancel

  • Lynda Robinson - Our church fund raiser is coming up! Thanks for a cute fun idea…..August 4, 2017 – 6:50 amReplyCancel

  • Lynda - I LOVE the Chicken Pin Coushion; thanks So much. I made several to give as gifts to my sewing friends. My Neice is coming over today to make one for her hope chest.
    Happy creating!August 1, 2017 – 4:50 amReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Lynda! I love that you love it! I love receiving comments like these! Thanks for taking the time to write to me. Happy Crafting!August 1, 2017 – 9:52 amReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - So adorable, have to make some and then some more!April 17, 2017 – 11:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Sharon Rehberg - Is there a pattern for the chicken’s comb and beak? Just wondering if I’ve overlooked it. Love this project and can’t wait to make one. Thanks for sharing!April 17, 2017 – 2:05 pmReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Sharon, I just used my scissors to cut them out. Just wiggle your scissors around as you cut and you get a comb. As for the beak, just snip off the corner of the felt. ;-) Good luck!April 20, 2017 – 8:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Linda Jung - I always fill my pincushions with steel wool. The steel wool sharpens your pins and needles every time. You can buy a package of them cheap at any hardware or you local Lowes, Home Depot…April 14, 2017 – 11:25 amReplyCancel

    • Susie - Wow, I’ve never thought to do that! Awesome idea!April 15, 2017 – 9:11 amReplyCancel

  • Joey - Thanks much for sharing! Absolutely charming.April 4, 2017 – 6:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Vera Summers - I just made one for my daughter and it came out great! I used a funnel to fill the rice into the chicken. It worked out really well. I plan to add these to my Easter baskets. Thanks so much for your wonderful tutorial!March 10, 2017 – 7:39 pmReplyCancel

    • Susie - What a lovely idea! I love reading comments like these! :)March 11, 2017 – 10:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Larain - I have the larger version chicken very old now one of first quilting projects, 20 odd years ago. My granddaughter loves her so I will make her a little flock of her own thanks for sharing.March 3, 2017 – 7:09 pmReplyCancel

    • Susie - You’re welcome! Thanks for visiting my blog today! :)March 4, 2017 – 1:15 pmReplyCancel

  • Daphne Storwick - These are adorable, I plan to make them for friends in my quilting group! Thanks so much, DaphneMarch 3, 2017 – 5:48 pmReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Daphne, I’m happy you enjoyed this tutorial! :)March 4, 2017 – 1:13 pmReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - Adorable! Thanks for sharing.February 16, 2017 – 7:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Janice Coulson - These would make great pattern weights with a heavier fillingFebruary 6, 2017 – 11:31 amReplyCancel

    • Sue Walker - BBs are great filling for fabric weights – heavy and inexpensive.April 19, 2017 – 5:31 pmReplyCancel

    • Susie - What a great idea! Thanks for writing, Janice! :)February 6, 2017 – 11:38 amReplyCancel

  • margaret chamblee - ok, these definitely get the most adorable chicken of the month award!!
    i have a flock of 20 and just got into quilting… so i can’t wait to make some of these adorable little bean-bag biddies for myself (and family and friends, too!)
    what cheerful little birds trotting across your machine. 😍 thank you!! 🐓🐓🐓
    (i also plan to make a camper-style cover for my machine so they will be so adorable sitting on and around it!!) 😝February 2, 2017 – 8:21 pmReplyCancel

    • Susie - So cool! I wish I can have a chicken flock of my own! Tiny chicken pin cushions will have to do until we get the real ones! Would love to see your pin cushions when you’re done! Thanks for writing! -Susie :)February 3, 2017 – 3:17 pmReplyCancel

  • Kimmy - A sewing instructor gave me one of these as a gift and I would really like to make her a friend. Thank you for these instructions – how fun! :)January 16, 2017 – 8:58 amReplyCancel

  • Marian - They are so cute going to make me one, I like different pin cushions in my sewing room,thank you for giving us the information of how to make them.December 18, 2016 – 8:19 amReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Marian! Glad you like these! Let me know how your chickens turn out! -Susie :)December 19, 2016 – 8:37 amReplyCancel