Chicken Thoughts

I’ve got all my supplies ready for the egg laying chicken. I decided to go with a ‘standard’ white hen for Easton and a funky leopard one for Taylor (I actually think that the leopard print might look like clumps of feathers from a distance). I also printed everything off and have some thoughts for you if you’re interested in doing this project for yourself:
The pattern calls for 1 yard of fleece. If you’re planning on making just one chicken, I really don’t think that this much yardage is necessary – maybe more like a 1/2 yard. Of course, I haven’t cut anything out yet, so don’t quote me on that.
As with most electronic patterns, there’s always an issue of printing (or maybe that’s just me). I never know how to print stuff off (margins vs no margins, paper size, shrink to fit?, etc.). In this case the pattern pieces go all the way to the edge of the PDF page. When I print it off ‘as is’, some of the pieces were cut off. After fiddling with settings I finally opted to go with ‘no margins’ and ‘shrink to fit largest page’. With these settings, everything fit nicely on the pages and they all seem to be the same size (i.e. the wing shrunk the same amount as the body even though they were on separate pages). If anyone else is working on this and knows of a better way, please let me know!
By the way, if the chicken wasn’t cool enough, the same designer has come out with an adorable pig sutffie as well. Not only is it HUGE, but you ‘deliver’ little piglets by unzipping the large pig. Sigh, I need more time to sew.

2 thoughts on “Chicken Thoughts

  1. Maureen

    Hi Stacy,
    Love those chickens. I plan to make one but won’t get it done by Easter. Have fun with yours. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Erika Sews-it-all

    I can’t wait to start on this project, but I haven’t found time to start on mine yet. I had the same problem when I printed my pattern, and just penciled in the missing parts. I wonder if printing on legal sized paper would make a difference? I might try that before cutting out the pattern and will let you know!

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