Thursday, April 7, 2011

How to Make an Easter Chick

If you would like to make a Steiner-inspired Easter chick, then you have come to the right place.



If you would like to make a Steiner-inspired Easter chick WITH legs – so, one that can semi-convincingly fly, forage for food, perch, bust-a-move, run and impersonate a dead fly, then you have also come to the right place.



Might I suggest, that the legless chick version without the wiry sticky-out, pokey bits, is somewhat more small-kid-friendly. The wiry leg version with potential sticky-out, pokey bits is more for your entertainment. The entertainment possibilities are seemingly limitless.

Here is a Michael Flatley Riverdance...



And here is Michael Jackson’s Thriller...



(or a Jane Fonda workout).

For those who yesterday expressed some doubt in their Easter Chick crafting skills, I promise, if you can do blanket stitch, these chickies are EASY PEASY.



Come on, you know you can-can.

Download your pattern and ‘how-to’ HERE.

EDIT: I’D LOVE TO SEE WHAT YOUR CHICKS CAN DO!
There’s a Flickr group for chicky uploading here. I dare you to try for a chick limbo.

178 comments:

Louisa said...

What a sweet chick! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

Sarah said...

Tania, you are the best for cheering someone up {ranty mama of teenage toddler here...} I'm laughing so much at Thriller I may need to go out and buy some 'tena lady' Thank you! Love it. x

Squiggly Rainbow said...

So cute! Have you been to the little store in Kallista called Epoch? So many lovely Steiner inspired toys.

I am trying to have a give-away over on my blog - wondered if you could send a few over?

Thanks (:

Smiles xo
Rach

the nest said...

These chicks are so cute & rockin' at the same time! Thank you so much for sharing them and for the laugh too!

yardage girl said...

Genius! Thanks for making me smile!

Cinnamon said...

The Riverdance and Thriller made my day! :)

Amanda said...

I am cracking up over here..I love them but I love your creativity even more...:)

Need to make some asap

Jodie said...

I love you (as you already know) but today I love you even more !

ange_moore said...

You are so funny - Thriller Chicks, hilarious!!

Kirsty said...

Freaking love them...that is all.

Vireya said...

I needed something to smile about this morning - thank you! I love those dancing chicks.

Thanks for sharing the pattern, too.

CurlyPops said...

I had to tweet and FB this one. You crack me up - Hey, how about a set of dancing chick postcards?

mommatojoa said...

Those are too incredibly cute!
I so need to make some for my kidlets, they'd get a kick out of them :)

Tammi said...

I woke in a bit of a funk this morning...your post has put a smile on my face ":)

ingrid said...

hehehe, love the Jane Fonda chicks!

Owlie said...

oh my goodness! how cute!!! I love the jane fonda exercising one, too funny, it made me giggle!
Thanks for the cheer!

xo

teddybearswednesday said...

Anchor!! I want more !!!
xo

Liam's Mummy said...

I can't quite figure out the last bunch. Are they doing the Nutbush, the bus-stop or the Hokey Pokey?

Love the Thriller chicks :)

Lola Nova said...

Can you feel the adoration coming from way over here?

I'm off to watch 'Thriller' video and imagine them all as Easter chicks!

Nikki said...

Cam's onto it. Postcards.

Definitely postcards.....

(crazy chick...)

Di said...

Absolutely hilarious! I always love your blog posts, but this one's a standout winner!!!

Kylie said...

OMG, they are FANTASTIC! You are so clever, Mrs... and once again I bow in awe to your superior photography and styling skills... it was the 'Thriller' that really cracked me up :)) Must show the Big Girl - she'll be totally up for an Easter project. Kx

Janette Kearns Wilson said...

So good to be back blogging again. Thanks for the ideas, I have begun a little group making for Mirabel and KOGO (knit one give one) so my emphasis for the moment has been redirected...with your quirky vision you are a natural for the whimsy much needed in the world. Thanks

Leonie said...

I'm with Jodie...I love you too.
xx

Leah said...

Love the dance moves! Crack me up...me and my kiddos are gonna get stuck into these, thanks for the tute.

Catherine said...

I LOVE them! (and that postcard idea is a good one!)

Kate said...

Funny! Love them.

Leonie said...

If I was having a baby, I would LOVE some of those images on my nursery wall......just a thought. xx

Kimberly said...

These are fabulous! And thanks for the giggle... my daughters got a real kick out of the Thriller chicks!

flowerpress said...

Thriller, love it!
I'm tempted to drop everything to start crafting some zombie dancing chicks but I think this will be perfect for a holiday project for everybody. Thanks dear :-)

lily boot said...

I've had a terrible morning - but the moment I switched screens, read your post and lost myself in your wonderful humour, the morning became brighter. The chicks are fabulous - you are amazing.

Mary said...

Delurking. Because you know. Hilarious!

Stomper Girl said...

Or they might have been tap-dancing. Loving the deep Thriller lunge oh so much. I'm off to Crarf Camp tomorrow and am taking your pattern with me.

Tas said...

*snort* Chickens goind Thriller...love it!

B said...

You are kind to share this with us. Thank you!

Mel said...

Yet another M&E post that will be bookmarked for it's "makes me pee myself laughing" abilities when I (inevitably) find myself overdue with this baby and need some help to get things moving.

Oh and of course in case I come over all, "I need to do some 11th hour easter crafter-y". Which is also, of course, inevitable.

bec said...

Oh, God, I haven't laughed out loud for ages now, you have cheered me up NO END! How did you get thouse legs blurry in the Riverdance one? I'm here in my office (alone) in the community centre (nearly alone except forsomoene coughing a lot) and I cracked up! Thank you!

rosemary said...

Adorable pictures...love them all!
Thanks for sharing the pattern. Off to buy some felt in Eastery colours!

Michelle said...

Thank heavens for you! Had a crappy morning and you have just made me snort tea out my nose!

I desperately need my own Thriller dancing troupe of easter chicks.

You are a star....

Anonymous said...

T
Just to follow on that Michael Jackson theme; you're bad, you're bad, you know it...

And for those of us who don't know one end of a blanket stitch from the other (although can tell the difference between a blanket and a stitch, especially while jogging)...?

Gaby said...

Oh my, these are cute!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Having a shocker of a day full of other peoples misery but this has made me piss myself laughing!!! That is so funny!! They have to have legs! Have to!!!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I want to stage one of those set scenes from a Buzby Berkeley movie , so will need a couple of hundred chicks in black and white , plus a sweeping staircase .
How long does each one take to make ? ( I'm not very good at blanket stitch.)

Fer said...

Aw ta! You're a legend. :)

MadCraftyMama said...

I am still laughing at the Thriller dance troupe!!! I saw the chicks yesterday and had to attempt a couple sans pattern. Not half as cute as yours though! http://madcraftymama.blogspot.com/2011/04/chick-time.html

Sarah said...

woo hoo

Catherine said...

Wow you are one clever chick;) I love these little cuties. Thank you for sharing the pattern. xo

katie h said...

very funny - laughed out loud at the posers! cheers!!

Michelle said...

Even if I never make on, I have to thank you for making me laugh so hard I snotted the monitor.

Andrea said...

BahHa ha ha. Funny, especially the thriller one! Love it..

A Peppermint Penguin said...

See? stuff printed on stuff. TOOOOO GOOOOOOD.

Now where the hairoil do I get 1mm wire? Is it the jewellery wire stuff? Florists wire?

CHICKEN wire?

Flately et al can just retire - the chicks have it.

Wendy said...

As the previous 51 people have already said - this is brilliant! Thanks so much. I'm loving the dance poses!!

Tanya said...

how do they go with Flashdance and other 80's classics- because I am going to make a room full if they will daggy dance with me. I seem to embarrass everyone else!

Z said...

oh my!... you really made me laugh with the jane fonda workout photo! and the chicks are so cute!

Tanya said...

I came back, to show off your chicks to the Mr, he belly laughed. And then I clicked on the link. And now I am stoked, because I don't have to fork out for an exercise dvd, there it is, all there on you tube- a bit of Jane- for free!

Duyvken said...

Thriller! Thanks for the laugh. Now I MUST try these chicks. Where do you get your felt? Thanks for the pattern!

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

Ha!
Nearly fell off the chair and choked on my tea when I hit the "thriller" dancers!
Awesome!
You are a funny chick!

red in oz said...

Hurray! Thankyou for such humour, love it.

Off to buy some yellow felt now.

Sandrine said...

So so cute!
Thanks for sharing the pattern, hopefully I may have a break in mychaos soon;)
X

Seana Smith said...

I am falling about laughing looking at your photos. What a hoot, what a laugh. Inspired to check out that pattern.

Jules said...

They are so hilarious!! You are one funny woman! A laugh out loud moment here, thanks so much :)

katieh said...

this post really made me smile - I LOVE the thriller chicks!

thanks for posting the pattern. :)

Lisa said...

Those chickens are so cute and funny! That post really made me giggle seeing them in their different dancing poses.

Katie B. said...

I almost spit out my Diet Coke when I saw the Thriller picture! You're hilarious.

Julia said...

Hysterical!! I LOVE the Thriller photo! Almost fell off my chair!!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I made one!!!!!

Currently legless. I ordered wire on ebay - who knows if it's the proper stuff, but if it is, I'm all ready to go. He's so cuuutttteeeee.

I made one!!!!

I may make more.

frangipani designs said...

OMG too funny!!! I love them :) jane fonda and thriller really cracked me up!! very clever!

Genki said...

These are just SO CUTE!! And I love your pictures, so clever.

furrybees said...

Hilarious. The Thriller chicks just kill me (although I'm sure there's a tai chi move that looks very similar). Would love to make one of these. Maybe next year when there's hope of more breathing space from the wee one.

frog said...

You had me smiling at Riverdance and I blurted at Thriller. I could die of slightly ironic cute.

clare's craftroom said...

Have I ever seen anything so cute and fun ? No I have not ! I love them all !

gret said...

Oh wow, fabulous! I've been on the lookout for something like this. Thank you!

Lexie said...

Gorgeous! Love your blog. Another project for "the list", cheers!

NotABlogger said...

Hardy har har - the chicks are cutie. The pictures are positively amazing! Thanks for making me smile.

MacGyver's Lovechild said...

Ummmm frickin' funny. Those chicks have better dance moves than my man...I may have said too much. Thanks for visiting my blog at flyandnest :) Your's is gorg.
Galen

Emily said...

Oh my gosh. I saw the chicks doing Thriller and almost spit my coffee out! These guys are adorable.

june at noon said...

You are too much, lady! Love the photos, and thanks for the tutorial.

silverpebble said...

Genius.

I have a story about Michael Flatley.

barbarabeesblog said...

thanks for your nice comment on my blog. These chicks are absolutely hilarious, couldn't stop laughing about the thriller and Jane Fonda-Version - GREAT!

Leslie said...

I love the dancing chics!!!

Megan.K. said...

Tania, you have outdone yourself here - Jane Fonda - what a crack-up!
Thank you for this - for the laugh as well as the wonderful tutorial.
xo

Kirsten said...

Finally I've found the perfect easter project for the kids! Thanks for the pattern and the amusement.

Linda said...

adorable xx

Dylan Curry said...
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GUGAW said...

genius. too damn cute!

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

So funny! This gave me a great chuckle first thing in the morning.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for such a funny nice toys!
I will made them for my granddaughters.
Happy Easter!

Libelula said...

Great. Thanks

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

Just thought I'd say that these chicks are absolutely divine!! I'll be helping our crafty chicks at Brown Owls this week make some too. Thankyou so much for sharing the tutorial.

nikkishell said...

Ha! I have a vision of you setting those chicks up for their photo shoots ;)

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Lol this is so cute and funny! I have real little chicks at mine at the moment, I wonder if they would like me to make them a felt friend?

whatimadetoday said...

Riverdance and Thriller - hilarious!!

Fioleta said...

:-) They look so cute - maybe I'll attempt to make one or two with my four-year-old, who loves birds.

Bonnie said...

You are killing me! I love these little chicks! The photos of the River Dance, Thriller, and possibly The Jane Fonda workout were hilarious! I love how your mind thinks. I can just see me and my sisters doing something as silly as that. Our sense of humor is just like that! I love it! You made my day!

rosalyn said...

I laughed and laughed. Your blog cheered me up no end and thank you so much for the tutorial. Easter solved.

Andrea said...

Every time I see your chicks doing 'Thriller' a little more.

Off The Peg said...

Too funny! Love the dance moves and the cute chicks

Astrid said...

Hahaha, how your chickens can dance! Really want to try your pattern, and see if my texan versions might be up for a little line-dancing!

Tiffany said...

Your blog makes me so happy :)

Love the chicks in action!

Adele - A Lass from Downunder said...

I love all your chicks! Especially the super-fast moving blurry feet of the Riverdance chicks & the Thriller pose!! They made me smile :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh. These are stupidly cute!

Barbara said...

I love your sense of humor in styling these delightful Chicks - laughing myself silly at Jane Fonda

awesome pattern. Many thanks for the free share

The Witch said...

These are beautiful!
Thank-you so much for sharing this pattern. A must for next years Easter tree.
Your blog site is also very interesting and well written.
Have a very Happy Easter.

Rebekah said...

Hahaha so adorable.
Thanks for sharing the pattern I'll definitely be attempting these ;-)

jean said...

I was laughing out loud at your little chicks. How very cute, and thanks much for the tutorial!

Plum Cox said...

Thanks for this tutorial - it looks great, as do the cute and funny chicks! I can't wait to gather up some girl friends for a crafty evening trying to make our own.

skb said...

The picture of Jackson's Thriller... LOL

Alice Barton said...

how cute!!!
you just made me laught out loud with that thriller photo!!!!!!!
i love it! thaaanks for sharing!!!

KentuckyGal said...

OMG! I'm at my MIL's dining room table ROFL, trying not to wake everyone in the house cause I absolutely taken w/some of the things the pokey-out bits can do!

Found you through craftgossip.com and am a new follower. :O)

Luvin' the Hubs said...

Chicks are bustin' a move while I'm bustin' a gut! How funny is THAT? Luv 'em, luv 'em.....if only I could sew..sigh..

Felicity said...

You've brought the biggest & broadest smile to my face - thank you so much for this rich gift = fantastic!

xx Felicity

RhondaLavender said...

oh my -- I'm in LOVE!!! Thanks for posting this!

Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life said...

Made me laugh so hard it hurt. Thanks - I needed that. :)

Chrysalis said...

As I took dwon my Christmas tree this past year, I decided for some reason to make/collect little birds for next year's tree. This little cutie will definitely have a Merry Christmas. And the thriller pic made me laugh out loud- ah, a child of the '80's. Going straght to the Flickr pool. Thanks.

Mimi said...

Love your humour! These birds are fantastic, thanks for sharing!! I have signed up to follow you, can't wait for more!!

K said...

Not like you need another commenter. But I just had to tell you - this post has been the brightest moment in a very stormy, chilly day. I actually laughed with delight a coupla times. So, whatever questions you may have about your right to take up room on the planet, you just did a nice old lady a great big favor. My hat's off.

Linda Stubbs said...

Just had to say thank you for the sweet download! That chick pattern is the sweetest! As soon as I saw it I decided that it was a must to make this little pattern for the chicken coop! Yup.......the coop! I will hang them from the rafters for the "Girls" They will enjoy, for sure!

Thanks again for the kindness.......it has been appreciated.......by me!

Blessings, Linda

Anna M. said...

They are so cute and funny, especially the Thriller ones.

Kimara said...

Soooo adorable. Thanks for the smile. I'll be linking on weefolkart.com's Facebook page. :)

Aurelie Guardino said...

Thanks for sharing the pattern! I made some really cute ones for my daughter to play with... Like your sense of humour too!

Sonia said...

How friggin' adorable! I cannot tell you what a big smile this blog post has put on my face :D
Thanks for sharing!

Diane said...

Thanks for sharing and making me laugh out loud xx

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Cida Jacob said...

Obrigada pelo incentivo de fazer o pintinho,adorei vou fazer e te mando uma foto . Um beijao

Kim Walus said...

I came across your sweet little chicks on pinterest and I was really excited because I was looking for a cute little chick to make. Thanks for your generosity and for sharing this great tutorial.

Clotilde M/Craftybegonia said...

Super cute!

Auto Accident Attorneys said...

These are so cute, and they really capture that "down home" feel. I love the pose-able legs, too. Very cute, like something you'd find at a country market. I think I'll make some for my mom, she loves this style. Thanks for the awesome post!

amy of four corners design said...

wow...you have really struck a chord! saw these on pinterest - will be making some out of some wool sweater felted scraps I have...thanks for the pattern...and the inspiration!

Candace Jedrowicz said...

This is as adorable as you are!

Anonymous said...

Are all your posts this funny? I stopped by for the creativity; the laughter is icing on the cake!

Kelly @ Live Laugh Rowe said...

LOVE THESE! How stinkin' cute :)

Mia Weston said...

these are absolutely adorable! what do you suggest measurment wise for the width and length of the felt pieces for the body?

Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama said...

LOVE these, so fun! Your pictures are awesome.

Featured you on my blog today, stop by & check it out:
http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2012/03/pinteresting-features-n-shtuff-27.html

Jmib said...

Thriller! omg! They are so super cute!!!

zephyr Art said...

Oh, my goodness!!!! You could make terrific art prints of the chickies dancing! I love these.

Akamatra said...

I don't usually like chicks but yours are ROCKING!!!! The photos are exceptional!!! Way to go!

Brenda@ **Dragonflys and Stars** said...

Awesome! Thanks! :)

whatisemilyupto said...

YES! How did you know that this is EXACTLY what I've been looking for...but even better. Great work! I can't wait to get started!

Bettsi McComb said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful pattern and tutorial! Love the hilarious dancing birdie photos too!

Tink said...

Thanks for the pattern. These chicks are cute.

srpprcrftr said...

Wow you have lots and lots of comments and compliments, well deserved. I had such a laugh at the postures of the chicks, so hilarious. Hubby asked what in heck I was looking at in here that made me laugh so much.
I've got to make those chicks, thanks for sharing. They are truly delightful. I'll be raiding the felt aisle at all the craft stores in Grand Junction, CO next week. Think I'll be digging in my stash also til I can get to stores. Going to attempt the knomes also. Was digging in shed recently and found lots of wood pieces that would work for the knomes also.
What absolute luck finding your blog tonight. Ran out of ink tho printing out how-to's so will raid hubby's printer tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing and being so talented. HAPPY EASTER!

Anonymous said...

Very cute but the pattern comes directly from the book Warm Fuzzies by Betz White. Only difference is her's did not use wire legs.

Tania said...

Dear Anonymous,

I can assure you the pattern does NOT come directly from the book Warm Fuzzies, or any other book for that matter. Please do feel free to compare the pattern pieces against whichever book you like. My pattern was drawn freehand by me and then transferred to a digital file. As the first sentence of my blog post details, the chick was inspired, (but not quite the same) as the chicks I have made with other Steiner Mums for our childrens' school classes. (With pattern pieces also cut freehand).

I hope that clears up any confusion?

Tania (aka Myrtle and Eunice)

Balancing said...

I finally made these last night. I changed the feet to make them look like little birds. So fun and easy to make! Thanks for a great pattern and tutorial!

www.mefancy.blogspot.com

peli said...

super cute!!!!

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

What a fun blog - loved this post!! Must add these to my list of must makes. Thanks so much! :)

Candace Jedrowicz said...

I work as a project designer for Cool2Crat TV and I would love to make one of these for our upcoming felt themed show. If it's okay with you, I'll give you credit post links and anything else you'd want.

Jenxo said...

haha you totally cracked me up with your cute lil dancing chicks... i discovered them on pinterest and thought they looked identical to the ones featured in the bhg australia magazine this month, oct, pge 184...they have totally ripped you off...:(

Anonymous said...

Absolutely hilarious!!! I adore the chicks, their dance moves, and the names you gave the moves. I'm planning to make several soon. Thank you for the pattern and the huge laugh that made my day!

Wendy

Darlene said...

Adorable! Thanks so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Sooo much fun! Thank you for sharing!
Have to make some next year!
Susan

Kylie Bowers said...

Oh wow these are hust too cute!

Thank-you soo much for posting these!!!

essenzadifilo said...

Thank you! Very cute :D

Anonymous said...

Here it is January 2013 and I found these adorable chicks. Going to get an early start for Easter. Thank you.

K said...

Pffff. Here, I was hoping to be your first comment of 2013 and no, I blew it by almost two weeks. Just saying - you are still my favorite chick of all time. And probably my favorite project design of all time. Tiny (perfect), charming (perfect), quick (perfect), quirky (perfect). I make things. I can't seem to stop - believe me, I've spent months trying. These chicks are kind of like breaking up a Trader Joe's dark chocolate and almond bar into TEENY TINY pieces that you can snag when you need a hit. So thanks again, you clever person you.

Barbara Jean said...

too too cute!!
LOL at those various dancing ones.

not sure I can download and find it again....but maybe I will try.

blessings and thanks
barb

Carole said...

Omg....these are fabulous! lol

Tami Mart said...

Love these! Is it kosher to make these up and sell them?

Мария Комкова said...

Шикарно! Браво!

Running With Nemo said...

Oh my gosh! this is so precious! I just printed the pattern and made it and it turned out so cute! Thank you for sharing the pattern! :)

Anonymous said...

These chicks are adorable! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

Beverly said...

Totally love these but even more so your creativity :) I may have to learn the blanket stitch!

firstnightdesign said...

Adorable and I have pinned the page.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

What a fun post. You made my A.M. coffee break a joy! I came by way of Audrey and also became a follower. I love these little chicks and happy to get the pattern. I made similar years ago and lost the info. So now I can get a few done for grandkids. Thanks for the fun. Enjoy a lovely week.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the chick pattern - I love your pictures! Such fun!
Looking forward to making some chicks myself.

Craftysiany said...

What a great post! Thanks for sharing the pattern and instructions as well. I loved it so much, I gave it a go myself & added it to our blog! I've linked this back to you, hope that's OK? x http://buttonsandpaint.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/feltchickandbasket.html

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

A D O R A B L E !!! Just found your great blog... will visit often...

chih said...

I am writing to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I help out at a palliative day care . The ladies ( patients ) had a wonderful time stitching the chicks! Your talent & generosity brought immense joy to them . Hand to heart with appreciation .

Shane said...

These chicks are very cute! I know a few people that would love these.

Steve said...

I found the deceased chick hilarious!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Newbie here love your tutorial

3Ms +1N said...

Sooo stinking cute! great idea- and thanks for sharing. I am going to make a few of these for this easter- my kiddos (older, but youngish) will love them. Or, will I love them more.... probably me!
Thank you for sharing!

Laurie Yoder said...

Hello Myrtle & Eunice!

Love your little creations!
We would like to subscribe to your email newsletters. Thanks,
Lorili Design.

laurie_wallick@yahoo.com

Nissa said...

Your chickies were shared on our Friday Finds Link-up today. We can't wait to try them out! We'll have a whole flock of birds before long, I'm sure.

http://gadboisfamily.com/2014/02/28/friday-finds/


Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing these adorable little peeps -- and the pattern and directions, too.

glorieta said...

It was the Riverdance crew that cracked me up. they are hillarious!!!!!!

charlotte said...

Why would you ever make them without legs after seeing that? Thank you so much!!

Holly said...

Thank you for sharing your pattern and instructions. I've made a whole flock! http://www.stitchcraftcreations.com/2014/04/15/spring-chicks/