The wonderfully talented Bess Harding of Beeb Design has sent us another super cool craft you can do with your kids. Bess lives in London and is an
illustrator/designer/maker. If you would like to have her work in your own home, her etsy shop stocks her delightful characters and dolls as well as prints and illustrations.
With spring in the air and Easter around the corner, here’s a very quick and easy way of making chick and bunny egg cosies - with two options depending on how handy you (or the kids) are with knitting needles.
You will need:
Old woolen jumpers or tops, ideally grey/cream/yellow/orange (washed)
OR wool and knitting needles
Felt - ideally orange/yellow, grey and pink
Glue (PVA or similar)
Thread (any color)
White paper or card
1. Take the arm of your washed jumper and cut the bottom of the sleeve off, around 10cm above the cuff.
Knit a rectangle in whatever stitch you like, making it roughly 20cm x 10cm. Then fold over and sew the two short edges together (using the same wool) to make a tube.
2. Cut out the felt headgear - so two grey ears and a
little pink nose for a bunny, and an orange triangle beak and orange/yellow
comb for a chick (not anatomically correct but it looks good!).
3. Turn your tube inside out and insert the felt ears/comb so that they’re upside down and lined up with the top edge of the tube. You can put a dab of glue on the ends of the ears/comb if you like, then scrunch up the surrounding fabric (the most important thing is to get a firm grip on the ears/comb) and tightly wind and tie a length of thread around it all, about 1cm down from the top. If you’ve knitted your own you can use the extra length of wool to tie this off.
4. Now turn it back the right way and you should have a sort of hat shape with either ears or comb sticking out of the top.
5. Now time to give them faces, so pick the best looking side and glue on the felt beak/nose you cut out earlier, somewhere in the middle, then cut out little circles of white paper/card for the eyes, draw on a black dot in the middle of each one and glue in place.
6. Optional extras at this stage include felt wings for the chick and a cotton wool tail for the bunny (see pictures). Also, although grey and yellow are more authentic, you could have a spotty chick or a stripy bunny, depending on what old sweaters or wool you have to hand.
These might not last forever, but they’re fun and satisfying to make, and will look good keeping eggs warm on your Easter breakfast table!
Please send along any photos of your finished crafts to firstname.lastname@example.org- we would love to see your designs too!