Sunday, 28 August 2011

What to do with a fabric sample book?

Make Herbie Hens!!  That's the name I've given them.  I saw a version of these in Cornwall and couldn't find a pattern anywhere. It took a little while to figure out how to get the shape - but then I was away!

 I love visiting Recreate in Cardiff it's a great place to find really unusual things and give them a new life. A lucky find was this fabric sample book, and after taking it apart and removing the papery bits, I had a lovely selection of corduroy in lots of different shades.

 The tin by the way is from M&S- a Sanna Annukka design - I love her work

Using a Sizzix die to cut out the hearts for the comb and wattle

Place into position, with the hearts facing inwards. I've added a tag ribbon.

Fold over, right sides together and sew the 2 edges then turn it inside out.
Rectangles are made into a little bag, then with a little ingenuity are made into a pyramid shape - tricky when you don't know how, but oh so easy when you do!!
The trick is to just join the seam in the opposite way that you normally would.
These guys are made from cotton corduroy fabric,  filled with plastic beans, rice or lentils to weigh them down, then add lavender, shell button eyes and felt beaks.  I used East of India ribbon for the tag.
I made loads of these for the school fete and they went like hot cakes.  These are another lot.


  1. hello, just found you via junkaholique, lovely stuff you make, especially the hens and the samplers. I'm planning to start a sampler...wonder how long it will take me!

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