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A Chicken Project


I am a member of a longarm quilter group locally that has both professional and amateur members.  To promote the  Carolina Mountain Longarm Association, hopefully find new members, and let quilters know about our professional members, we are making gifts for participants at an upcoming show.

Chicken closeup

We started with some 4-1/2 inch squares, felt beaks and combs, and some 3-1/2 inch squares for the tails.

Chickens fabrics

Chicken Pincushion - 1

Place the beaks and the combs on the right side of a square.

Chicken Pincushion - 2

Sew the seams. Leave the back open, and an opening on the bottom for turning.

Chicken Pincushion - 3

Pull the back seam crossways, insert the prairie point tail, and sew.

Chicken Pincushion - 4

Turn right side out.

Chicken Pincushion - 5

CMLA member Carol said to stuff the tops of the chickens with a bit of batting because the walnut shell filling always settles. This way the head of the chicken remains stuffed.

Chicken Pincushion - 6

The eyes were next so the knots would be hidden inside the chicken. On some I did buttons, and on a few I used floss and made French knots.

Chickens 2

Chicken Pincushion - 7

Fill with crushed walnut shells.  The shells help keep your pins sharp.  Another tip, use a water bottle cut in half as a funnel.

Chicken Pincushion - 8

Get them really full, because the filling will settle a bit.

Chicken Pincushion - 9

Then put a piece of batting across the bottom to keep the filling in while you sew the opening closed.

Chicken Pincushion - 10

Chicken Pincushion - 11

Chicken batting

Isn’t it cute?

Chicken Pincushion - 12

Here’s the flock after the first assembly.


And here are some of them finished.

Chicken flock

Cute, aren’t they!

Chicken Pincushion - 13

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Author: Carole @ From My Carolina Home


29 thoughts on “A Chicken Project

  1. These are soooo cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. My Sister purchased one of these at a quilt show. Now I can make my own. Thank you.

  3. Rosemary B here:
    Have fun at the longarm quilt symposium wing ding.
    That should be a lot of fun.
    These chickens are very cute. They would be nice to make.
    Thanks for sharing. I hope you are not getting such cold weather as we are

  4. Oh the whole flock is adorable! Thanks for the crushed walnut shell tip….I always wondered what to use for the inside of pin cushions. 🙂

  5. These are “Sew” cute!

  6. I rally love these chickens, I was gifted one several years ago when I was a new quiilter-thank you for the tutorial too-yours looks awesome

  7. The chickens are a great idea! I’ll have to check out the symposium for next year for me and Mom. We are doing Lancaster this year but a south bound trip would be warmer!

  8. Adorable. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. Pinning for a fun project sometime down the road!

  9. So cute! Many years ago I worked in a theatre costume shop where chicken pin cushions were quite popular. I had almost forgotten about them, but I may need to make a couple more!

  10. So lovely!! Thanks for sharing. I will make a lot of them!!!

  11. These are adorable and a wonderful way to use scraps of fabric. I hope you enjoy the symposium.

  12. These are SO cute! What a fun gift.

  13. Those are just delightful.

  14. Okay the flock looks so cute! Loved it and great tutorial!

  15. Cute chickens. I made similar ones to these using little log cabins. Love the daffodil fabric.

  16. This chicken pin cushion is darling. So glad you shared.

  17. Your brood is beautiful! 🙂

  18. OH gosh those are cute. That pic of all of them reminded me of getting baby chicks to raise. This looks really fun.

  19. Very cute! My sister loves chickens, maybe I’ll make her a big version to use as a door stopper 🙂

  20. These are just adorable! Anyone would be thrilled to get one!

  21. Cute, cute, and oh so cute! These are just darling, my friend 🙂 I am definitely going to have to make some. Thanks for sharing at ROI. Hugs!

  22. Thanks for sharing your very cute chicken pincushions with Our Beautiful World

  23. This is such a fantastic idea, the chickens are so cute!

  24. very cute! my mother-in-law also sewed this Little chickens! Thanks for sharing at “OBW”

  25. How adorable! I have to show this to my daughter. She loves to sew. I just pinned it! Thank you so much for sharing at my craft party on Thursday! Would love to see your newest posts this week, which starts at 7pm EST.

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