My stats show a number of people coming to my site via google looking for a chicken doorstop and only getting a pyramid doorstop. Now that didn’t seem right to me so I have had a bash at writing a tutorial for one of those cute and funky chicken doorstops. Hope you like it. If you have a go please let me know if there are any mistakes and I will try and remedy. Happy Sewing.
Template - Chicken Door Stop pdf
( you need to click on the doorstop file again when it goes to the next page – you should then get the PDF to come up)
cardboard – I use an old cereal box
scissors – paper and fabric
sewing machine – although you could hand stitch it
scraps of red and yellow felt,
2 x small buttons for eyes, or you could sew with a dark coloured embroidery floss
rice or another suitably heavy filler that will hold your door open
Now let’s get started.
Print 2 copies of the template, and glue it to some cardboard, and cut out with paper scissors one triangle and one triangle plus the extra bit.
Using your triangle template mark out on the fabric and then cut your fabric. You need just one of these.
Now for the funny shaped pattern piece, which we will call the triangle plus piece. Fold your fabric right sides together and draw around the template and cut out.
You fabric pieces should now look like this.
Now get the felt from your supplies and cut out free hand a beak, a wattle (the bit they have under their beak) and a comb (the bit they have on the top of their head) See here.
You should have 3 pieces (and not the 2 in the picture – oops)
Lay your beak and wattle like this along the top right of the triangle plus piece on the right side.
Put the other triangle plus piece on top and pin. Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance
If you turn it the right way it should look like this
Now do the same for the comb on the other seam of the triangle plus piece.
Now you are going to sew the bottom on to your chicken.
Take the triangle piece and pin it along one of the long seams, right sides together. Sew. Then do the same for the side which is divided by the seam.
It gets a bit fiddly, but don’t stress too much even if your lines are wonky it should look ok in the end.
Now you should just have only one side of your chicken open. You are going to sew along this side leaving a couple of inches open in the middle to turn him the right way round.
Now turn the chicken right way round using a chopstick to gently poke the corners out.
Stuff your doorstop with rice or something suitably heavy. Then hand sew the opening closed.
Add a couple of buttons for eyes of do some fancy embroidery ones and TA DA one super cute chicken doorstop!!
If you don’t fancy making one of these yourself (and you really should), then check these lovely handmade chickens out they are not doorstops but are super cute, just the same.