Felt Figure Chick
The spring season brings the Easter holiday, fresh blooms, and new life. This adorable little chick can be used as a holiday decoration for Easter, hung on a tree or given as a gift. I made this chick figure to give to a friend with some children's books as a baby shower gift.
This project uses a frame with an oval opening to create the shape of the figure. I used a laser-cut frame with an inside and outside oval shape. However, you can also use a basic rectangular frame as long as it has an oval opening. My frame was very small and had a 2 by 3 inch opening, but you can use a larger frame to make an Easter wall decoration to hang on an interior door or as décor for a child's room or nursery all year long.
- A frame with an oval opening - size of your choice. A larger frame will allow you to add more details and attire to your chick figure.
- Two pieces of felt for your chick's body (color of your choice). These pieces should be an inch bigger than your frame opening in every direction.
- Scrap felt or fabric to dress your chick, including some orange felt for your chick's beak
- Fiber fill to stuff your chick shape
- Sewing needle and thread that matches your felt
- Other trimmings, ribbons, and buttons to finish your chick's attire
- Your choice of buttons, googly eyes, or fabric paint to create the chick's features.
- A piece of cardboard (bigger than your oval opening) to use as a backing
- (Optional) Acrylic paint and brushes to paint your frame
- Glue sticks and a hot glue gun, along with white craft glue
- A pen that will mark on felt and some sharp scissors
1. Put your frame in the center of one (only one) of your pieces of felt for your chick's body. Use a marking pen to carefully trace the inside of your oval frame onto the felt. Be sure to leave about one inch of fabric border around your traced shape.
2. Using any pen, now trace the inside oval of your frame onto a piece of cardboard. Cut out your oval tracing, leaving about a 1/2 inch border all around, and put it to the side.
3. Put your two pieces of felt together with your chick shape on top. Using a needle and thread or a sewing machine, sew your two pieces together following the line of your oval tracing. Leave a 2-inch opening for stuffing.
4. Stuff your chick shape using fiber fill. Do not overstuff your shape. You just want it a little rounded to stick out of your frame opening (see photo above).
5. Continue to sew around your oval tracing to complete your chick shape.
6. Using sharp scissors, cut two small "U" shapes out of your orange felt. One piece should be slightly larger for the upper section of the beak (see photo). You may have to trim down your pieces until they are the right size for your figure.
7. Turn over your sewn felt pieces so your oval tracing is on the bottom. This rounded shape will be your chick figure.
8. Make a small inverted "U" of hot glue on your chick's face to glue the upper beak piece in place. I found it helpful to put my frame around my figure so I knew the proper placement for the facial features, but do not glue the frame down yet. Hold your upper beak in place until your glue is set.
9. Then add a spot of hot glue under the upper beak and place the lower beak. Hold the lower beak in place until the glue is set.
10. Once your beak is in place, add or draw on your chick's eyes. I used googly eyes, but you could also use buttons or fabric paint.
11. (Optional) If you want to paint your oval frame, now would be the time to do it. I didn't paint mine, but you could use acrylic paint and a brush to paint your frame to coordinate with your chick decoration. Then put your frame to the side to dry.
Dressing Your Chick
12. You can dress your chick any way you'd like. Since my figure was quite small, I simply cut a collar out of felt to put around my chick's neck.
To create a more feminine look, you could add a lace collar and some buttons down the front. You could also add a bow on your chick's head (wait until after step 15 to glue your bow in place).
13. To finish my chick's attire, I cut a bow tie out of some blue felt and sewed it in place with a button center.
14. Working quickly, run a line of hot glue around your chick shape on the felt border but close to your stitches.
15. Attach your frame over your chick's body (see photo above). Make sure your figure is centered in your oval frame opening. Press down firmly so that the glue holds your frame in place.
16. Once your frame is dry and firmly in place, turn your chick over and trim any excess fabric so it does not show through from the front of your frame.
17. With your chick still face down, take your cardboard oval and add a line of hot glue to the outside border. Glue this to the back of your frame, pressing firmly and covering your chick form. Let dry completely.
18. (Optional) Now would be the best time to add any additional decoration to your figure or frame, like a bow on your chick's head.
Hope you enjoy making your own little chick!
© 2019 Donna Herron
Donna Herron (author) from USA on April 07, 2019:
Thank, Dianna! So glad you like this project. Thanks for stopping by and hope you are having a wonderful spring!
Dianna Mendez on April 06, 2019:
So adorable! This would certainly add fun to the celebration.
Donna Herron (author) from USA on March 12, 2019:
Hi Sally - this project leaves plenty of room for interpretation and fiber fun! I'm sure you could create something wonderful using felting and other techniques. I'm so glad this project has inspired you! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on March 12, 2019:
I would love to make something on those lines but add a little of my own interpretation to what is a lovely concept, it is just the cutest thing I have seen in ages. Very well done.