Upcycled crafts are all the rave! Today, Anne Glynis Davies show us just what you can make with all those pieces of scrap fabric that you have from previous projects. It’s a great lesson in why you should save your scraps!
If you’re looking for a stylish gift to make this spring, why not try making this egg cosy project. What’s more it is fun to do and you’ll only need a few basic materials to get started. This project is a great way to upcycle those scraps of fabric and buttons that we all have in our sewing stash at home. Just cut out two bird shapes from felt, decorate and then stitch together to make your egg cosy. Add a hanger too, to display your finished cheeky chick egg cosy!
You Will Need:
- A bird template
- Small pieces of felt
- Scraps of printed cotton fabric
- A sewing needle and thread
- Tracing paper or baking parchment
- Embroidery Cotton
- Raffia or yarn for a hanger
- Bondaweb® or Wonder-Under®: a fusible paper-backed sheet of glue that bonds one fabric to another
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How To Make A Cheeky Chick:
- Download and print off the bird-shaped template from the website onto paper. Alternatively, draw your own bird design.
- Cut out and pin the template onto a pieceof felt.
- Cut out two bird shapes from felt.
- Place the Bondaweb or Wonder-Under onto the reverse side of a piece of cotton fabric, glue side down. On a low heat setting, iron the sheet to the fabric. Let cool for a minute before handling.
- Trace off the large feather and beak design from your bird template onto tracing paper and cut out. Pin both paper shapes onto the cotton fabric – print side facing upwards.
- Cut out the beak and feather using scissors.
- Thread a needle with embroidery cotton. Then, neaten the raw edges of the beak and feather using blanket stitch. (Follow the diagram for Blanket Stitch: bring the needle out at A. Insert at B and exit at C, keeping the thread under the needle.)
- Carefully peel off the backing paper from the Bondaweb or Wonder-Under and iron both feather and beak to a felt bird shape (front).
- Stitch buttons to the bird (front) and glue on a feather. Make a cross-stitch to represent an eye.
- Stitch a raffia or yarn hanger to the wrong side of the second bird shape (back), as shown. You can also thread some beads on the hanger. As an optional feature, cut a small length of felt and fold in half to make a tab. Stitch to inside of the bird and attach a button to the tab.
- Stitch the front and back felt bird shapes, wrong sides together. Use a small running stitch initially along the edge, but remember to leave an opening on the base wide enough to accommodate an egg. To finish your ‘cheeky chick’, edge your egg cosy with blanket stitch.
Crafty Tip: make egg cosies in different colours and hang them on hooks in your kitchen – as well as keeping your eggs warm, these cheeky chicks will brighten up your home!
This article was written by guest blogger Anne Glynis Davies.
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We’d love to know…What do you do with your left over scraps? Tell us in the comments.