Suddenly a chicken appeared! Or more specifically a hen, a french hen. It occurred to me that maybe the merry wobbler sewing pattern could be modified to make a hen – and it can! Of course they need nesting boxes too and I created a little template and tutorial on how to make the box and modify the wobbler. Both are super simple – find the template and instructions below after lots of hen pictures – I couldn’t help it – I love them.
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And you will also need the merry wobbler sewing pattern or, if you like, come up with your own bird to chickenize.
Other supplies are: felt for hen parts and the nest, a glue stick, cardboard and embroidery thread- I’m using dmc 8.
Beginning with the nest box – cut out 2 of the felt shapes for the nest and one cardboard bottom – cereal box weight cardboard.
Optional – trim the edge of the corners with pinking shears.
Glue-stick the cardboard to the center of one of the felt pieces and then add glue to the felt sides and on top of the cardboard. Place the second felt piece on top and press firmly together.
Whip stitch the felt pieces along the edges.
And finally pinch together the corners and whip stitch – be sure to stitch through both layers. That’s it! Finished and hen inspected.
And for the hen – sew the wobbler according to directions but leave off the wings and I added red felt to the tail. I made little guides for the hen parts – the comb and wattle – that you can trace onto your felt and cut out.
Fold the wattle in two and stitch under the beak.
Stitch the center of the comb to the head just above the beak.
Fold the comb sides together and stitch.