Let’s peek at Jo’s toy-making DIARY!
.. and this time… she’s made
Cheeky Chook (Chicken)
Pauline : Hey Jo, I was so excited to see your Cheeky Chook… you are already choosing such divine fabrics and this is only … about the 4th toy you’ve sewn! Where did you find such gorgeous fabrics?
Jo : I was in the city with my aunt and just happened to pass a fabric store and popped inside to see what fabrics they had. These colorful printed cotton fabrics are mostly imported from Japan.
Pauline : And what is this……?
Jo : Pauline, I was thinking I can show off the sewing machine I am using. It looks like it’s not in good condition anymore because it was bought by my grandma when she was 18 yrs old now she’s 72….
Pauline : Wow, 54 years old!!!! That is a family treasure – it’s an antique – just like your granny – BUT please don’t let her see I said that!!! : )
Jo : I decided to use the blue fabric for the body, yellow for feet, wings and beak and red for the crown and giblets…
…. AND when I’d cut the fabrics out – it just popped into my mind to put the cut out pieces together and look at this! Ha ha!! It looked so cute, and I was so excited to finish sewing Cheeky Chook!!!
Jo : AND, the feet look great!! Finally I can sew the curves properly so that when I turn them right sides out, I can see that they really look like feet. I remember when I made the Plattie Platypus the hardest part was sewing his feet.
Pauline : I wonder why you found it harder the feet on Plattie? I think Plattie Platypus is the easiest pattern of ALL? And your Plattie looked GREAT?
Jo : Well, it was before I knew about trimming the seams so that the feet would turn right sides out properly! Every time I tried to turn it right sides out, I couldn’t get the seams to turn out properly. BUT luckily my granny was helping me and she was a seamstress when she was younger, so she knew I was doing something wrong!
Pauline : Ooh – this looks interesting, what have you found here? These look like pearls?
Jo : I didn’t have any plastic pellets so I used these beads to give weight to the wings instead. I just found these beads kept together with my granny’s sewing supplies… not sure what they are but they’re NOT real pearls!
Pauline : They may not be real pearl’s BUT it looks like you have a treasure trove!!! You’re sooooooo lucky to have your granny’s stash of sewing goodies – I’m jealous!!! : )
Jo : And NOW… guess what.. I was so excited to finish sewing the pattern, that I sewed the front body on the wrong side! I sewed it closed where I should have inserted the wings… and so …. I had some more unpicking to do!
Pauline : Ah NO!!! I’m worried about the pattern… unpicking again… we need to get to the bottom of this as I want the patterns to be really easy to understand!!! Are you following the directions????Are you doing the steps, one by one, ticking off as you go?
Jo : I am…… but I didn’t realise I did the VERY FIRST step wrong!
Pauline : Ah, so you rushed in??? Too excited???
Jo : I was too excited.. so I went back and started again and second time ’round I ticked the boxes as I did each step, so I knew I was doing it right! : )
Pauline : I LOVE that you are so excited you want to rush in… but UNPICKING is such a pain – if you do tick off the steps as you go, hopefully you won’t have to waste any time on unpicking! : )
Pauline: Hey, I wonder what you found was the hardest part of sewing Cheeky Chook?
Jo : I find sewing the curved lines really hard, I need to improve on this!! This is the base that I sewed to the Chook’s front body. I remembered seeing the blog post for sewing the curves of Put your best foot forward – How to sew PERFECT plushie feet! and that helped me!
Jo: Hoooraaaay!!!! Pauline’s right, if you follow the instructions step by step – it’s EASY!!
Only a few more steps and Cheeky Chook will be ready!!!
Pauline : Hey Jo – I am learning from you too! I don’t really like yellow and would never have bought yellow fabric but after I saw your chicken I thinks it’s awesome! Thanks for the inspiration! : )
Jo : Uh-oh!!! I following the steps, and I ALSO looked at the layout on how to pin the comb beak and giblets
this is really inevitable!!
I sewed the front bodies together but I hadn’t sewn the beak and giblets in the seam!
… MORE unpicking!!!
Jo : Yay!! Finally Cheeky Chook’s done :) I always have this happy, excited and proud feeling everytime I finished sewing a Funky Friend.
Jo : No matter how many mistakes I have done, it always turns out cute!! (Pauline wants to steal him too!!)
Pauline : Hey Jo – you have done me proud too – he’s adorable! : )
I wonder what will be a nice project for your next diary post….
Let’s go pick a new Funky Friend for you to sew!
Till next time,
Pauline and Jo