It's Spring! And, it's nearly Easter! Here is a sweet (but not candy) little chickey that sews up quickly and is perfect for the Easter basket.
Cut out pattern pieces, four large triangles for the chick, one for the beak, one pair of feet.
Place first two triangles together, knot your thread, bring it up through two pieces about 1/2" from the corner.
Stitch together using a blanket stitch, work to the corner and then up toward the top, stopping about 1 1/2" from the bottom. At this point, tuck your beak triangle in between your triangles about 1/4". Straight stitch the beak in place and then continue toward the top with the blanket stitch.
Once you get to the top, add your third triangle and blanket stitch two and three together moving down toward the bottom and around the bottom corner to stitch the bottom closed ~1/2" again.
Next, move across the third triangle to 1/2" in from the opposite corner, (don't pull too hard), blanket stitch the bottoms of the third and fourth triangles together, move around the corner and stitch up toward the top.
( *Note*, I add a little tag as a tail here between the third and fourth triangles.)
At the top stitch down first and fourth triangles, move around the corner and stitch bottoms together ~1/2" from the corner. Now, you have a pyramid. Next, place your chick pyramid on top of the feet.
Line up so the toes are in the front and the corner is in the back.
Starting at the back blanket stitch the first straight edge.
Once you get to the front, sew around the toes with a straight stitch. Up from the bottom, through the body and down again through the feet. Continue this until you get to the next straight edge.
Before you stitch the final straight edge, tuck a bit of stuffing and then finish stitching with a blanket stitch along the final edge.
Add eyes. (Quickly, before your cat steels your chick!)
You can use either a french knot, or my new favorite (because I think it's easier), a colonial knot, for the eyes. And there you have it, a sweet little chick
These really are quite quick to stitch up, plenty of time to make a few before Easter. Please do not hesitate to ask me questions if you need to, and as always feel free to share pictures of your chicks either with me, or on the Buzzmills Facebook page, or in the Buzzmills Flickr group!