Ok, this is my first tutorial and who knows if anyone will be able to understand it, but here goes! Please note that this is not my own creation. I bought one in a small country town and then figured out how to make them myself. If this is your pattern, please contact me!
What you need to make Cookbook Chooks:
two 4 1/2 ” squares of fabric
scraps of yellow and red felt
wheat or rice
1. Cut out two 4 1/2″ squares of pretty fabric
2. Cut out one 1 1/2″ square of yellow felt. You will need to fold it in half when you sew it in. Also cut out comb shape from red felt. (If you are not comfortable with drawing your own comb, just click on the photo below and print it. You can then cut out the comb shape and make it smaller or larger if needed.)
3. Place the fabric squares right sides together and start sewing from the middle of one side. If the fabric has a pattern on it that needs to stay in a certain direction, start at the bottom. Keep sewing until you get as far as this:
4. The trickiest part is getting the comb and beak in the right position. This is the stage I add them (and you might want to use pins, I avoid them at all costs and then pay for it later!). Here are some closer shots:
6. Clip the corners and then turn the chookie inside out 🙂
7. Now you need to fill it with wheat or rice, about half a cup (I would use orborio or another short grained variety so that it doesn’t poke through the fabric). To do this, use a handy dandy chook filler doodad, otherwise known as a funnel:
8. Slipstitch the gap closed.
10. Grab your favorite cookbook and start coooking!! Your Chookie will keep your page open 🙂
If you have any questions, please ask. If you make any of these, please let me know! I’d love to see your Chookies 🙂
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