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Upcycled Chenille Bedspread into Chicken

Do you know that feeling when you see (or hear or smell or feel) something that reminds you of a favorite memory or time when things were simpler? It may be a scent that takes you back to grandma’s kitchen, or maybe the sound of a truck roaring by to make you think of dad. For me, finding things like this vintage gem below reminds me of my childhood and being at my grandparent’s house. This particular find is damaged, but who says we take an upcycled chenille bedspread and have some DIY fun?

Damaged Chenelle Bedspread Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I found this bedspread a few years back while thrifting. It was definitely worn with love to start, but my daughter’s used it on their bed and continued to love on it. Unfortunately, it began to fray at the top edge. That’s when this mama gets excited because I’ve always wanted to upcycle a chenille beauty. I just needed to wait.

Yes, call be crazy this thing excites me. However, consider what I’m going to to do with it for my Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION time today. Yup, it’s already the last Tuesday of the month, so it’s time to get crafty. woot!

Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION series hosted by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Come learn to create for you and your home | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

CUTTING TIME

Truth be told, I’m actually a bit nervous to take my shears to this. eep! I truly respect the past which is why I want to save this thing from the fate of the landfill. Also, for some odd reason I’ve always wanted to turn one into chicken. Maybe my yearning for my own acres filled with trees and life is the root of it all. Either way, let’s have at it, shall we?

First, I draft my pattern on an outdated desk calendar (the large paper is perfect for my patterns – SEE HERE)

Drawing Chicken Pattern on Desk Paper Calendar | prodigalpieces.com

You may be wondering why in the world I see chicken when I see a vintage chenille bedspread? Well, I’ve always been a bird lover, in any form. My kids and I enjoy bird-watching, and simply God’s creation. A blog I’ve that’s always inspiring me for nearly a decade is Ikat Bag and her creations, even her hens. Likewise, I’ve so been enamored with the handmade creations of Ann Wood.

Additionally, I just love to create toys and things for kids of all ages (1-99 baby!) You can see my sock dolls HERE or my other toys HERE. So, I head down to my scrap stash and I whip out some wool I have leftover from making my daughter’s coat. First, I trace all parts onto fabric.

Tracing Chicken Comb on Wool Fabric | prodigalpieces.com

STITCHIN’

Then, once I have all my parts cuts and I think this is actually going to come out as I envision, I begin to sew.

Stitcing Upcycled Chenille Bedspread into Chicken | prodigalpieces.com

This is the fun part because you can finally see your vision coming to life. Isn’t that a hoot?!?

Flat Fabric Chicken from Upcycled Chenille Bedspread | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I think the chenille looks like chicken skin, if not feathers. haha. Now it’s time to stuff. Every girl’s dream view, am I right?

Open Chicken Fabric Sculpture Form by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces using Upcycled Chenille Bedspread | prodigalpieces.com

You can see I’ve used a bit of salvaged wire from my garden Conestoga wagon. It was perfect in patina and the exact length I need.

Finally, once I have the form full of stuffing, I need to add more dimension with the final details. This remnant tulle I hoard is a fluffy butt waiting to happen.

Salvaged Tulle for Upcycled Chenille Bedspread Chicken | prodigalpieces.com

In addition, I use chenille with batting to create some texture as well.

Layered Chenille Chicken Wing | prodigalpieces.com

CHECK OUT THE CLUCKS

Ladies and gents, I excitedly introduce you to Bernice and Charlotte – my sweet little biddies (aka. hens).

Absolutely Adorable Life-Size Chicken Refashioned from an Upcycled Chenille Bedspread by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #chicken #art #handmade

Handmade DIY Chenille Chicken Made from Upcycled Bedspread by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #farmhouse #crafts

Bernice is a sassy gal up on her feet ready to take on the world. Likewise, you can see how I made mini birds with felted wool sweaters in this post.

Bernice the Chenille Chicken from an Upcycled Bedspread by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #chicken #diy

Handmade Chicken with Reclaimed Wire Feet by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #chicken

Bernice the Chenille Chicken from Upcycled Bedspread by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Then, there’s Charlotte. She’s a sweet biddy resting on her nest waiting her next accomplishment.

Charlotte the Chenille Chicken by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #chicken #sewing

Hen Looking at Egg in Nest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #hen #farmhouse

Charlotte the Chenille Chicken from Upcycled Bedspread by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

And finally, the best part…fluffy butts!!

Fluffy Chicken Butts made from Upcycled Chenille Bedspread by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #chicken #farmhouse

Side View of Upcycled Chenille Bedspread Chicken by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #refashion #upcycled

Tulle Fluffy Chicken Butt by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farm #chicken #fabric

Sweet sisters that are melting my heart in every way. You too?

Sweet Chenille Chicken Sisters made by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces from an upcycled bedspread | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade

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While I may not have my brood of hens I’m always dreaming of, however, I can enjoy my creative jaunts to make my friends for myself. Maybe one day…eh? Meanwhile, you need to tell me which is your favorite. Also, do come adopt on of my gals from my online shop.

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Handmade Chenille Chicken from Upcycled Bedspread created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #crafts #sewing #farmhouse

In addition, let’s spread the inspiration love and encourage others to give DIY a try with my upcycled chenille bedspread chicken. Pin and share!

Who knew an upcycled chenille bedspread could be so cute? These handmade chicken by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces are a must-see at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #upcycled #chicken #farm

Before you head off, take a look at what I spied while out on my run…a barn! haha. Go figure. SEE IT NOW. Now, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. PLUS, you will get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop. Until next time!
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Reclaimed Wood Barn Planter on Curb by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Also, more fun projects like this upcycled chenille bedspread:

Sew much fun! You can create these upcycled sock dolls & animals with just a few supplies. It all starts with SOCKS! Head to Prodigal Pieces to get the DIY details | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #toys #dolls #crafts #giftidea #kidsYou can sew this adorable DIY Child's Apron too! Full video tutorial presented by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces for Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #sewing #handmade #fashion #home #kids #diy #tutorial

Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    SO “DARNED” CUTE!!!!! Dare I say it?? You are so “clucking” clever!! 😉😍🐔🐔 Seriously, your talent for seeing the potential in something others would toss, AMAZING! 💕

    • Larissa says

      You cluck me UP! haha! I’m so happy that you enjoy them as much as I do, Rebecca. Thank you!

  2. Becky says

    Those are adorable!!! The “fluffy butts…” – hahaha!!!😄😄😄 You nailed this one!!!

  3. Noelle says

    Ohmigoodness, those are the cutest, you are so clever!!

    • Larissa says

      I’m glad you don’t think me crazy, Noelle! 😀 Thank you!

  4. Shelley says

    So very cute! And the fluffy butts are the bomb. Anyone who has ever had chickens will appreciate those fluffy butts!

    • Larissa says

      They sure are! This chicken mama wanna-be totally is in LOVE. 😀

  5. Jill says

    SO DARLING!!
    Cutest chicks ever!🐓
    You’re always an inspiration, I’m tempted to get out some scrap fabric and the old sewing machine and try something new!😉

    • Larissa says

      Yahoo! That’s the spirit, Jill! 😀 I’d love to see what you whip up.

  6. michelle says

    OMGoodnes, I LOVE this!!! I know I’ve said it before, but you are so creative, and you make it look easy, to boot! The fluffy butts had me laughing out loud! I would literally buy a half dozen of these if they were for sale…..maybe you have extra fabric?? have a blessed day!

    • Larissa says

      You are so fun, Michelle! And a gal after my own heart. woot! I have them listed in my shop with the two currently available and the option to backorder more. Feel free to email with questions. 🙂

  7. Rita says

    Charlotte and Bernice are definitely the cutest fluffy butt chicks I have ever seen. I have a snowman my BFF made from a chenille bedspread. Is there anything you can’t do….I think not!

    • Larissa says

      How fun is that?!? I just love when people think outside the bedspread. haha. Thanks so much, Rita!

  8. Niki says

    Well hello Charlotte and Bernice!! Too funny. My grandparents had chenille bedspreads on my aunts bed and on the bed my dad and uncle shared., and they had an “aunt B” (Bernice). These cuties reminded me of my childhood on grandpas farm. It used to be my favorite place to be. Now there are just too many heartbreaks and bad memories so I thank you Larissa for the reminder of better times.
    I have wanted a chenille bedspread forever and I found a place that makes them while watching Maine Cabin Masters. Lol! I have to save my nickels though because pretty for me goes hand in hand with spendy.

    • Larissa says

      Awww…that’s how it was for me too. I sweet place to be and I need smiles and giggles. Sending you hugs! I hear ya on the cost. I make my own pillows using thread and needle with English knots. Fun stitching therapy.

    • Larissa says

      I tell ya, Marie, this was hard for me to wait to create…I kept needing to get have-tos done and finally I got my time. woot! Thank you!

  9. Mary says

    I soo appreciate your creativity Larissa! 🙂 So often we have the same things in our “stash” but mine sits there for lack of ideas…. These cute chicks had me laughing out loud with their fluffy butts! And I love the names and I think the chenille is just the perfect choice for them – with the “chicken skin” texture! So cute! And then the photo with the egg in the nest…ha! Love your creativity and your humor 🙂 So often I get bogged down in trying to make “perfect choices” for things…you inspire me to lighten up and create! Thank you for spreading joy! ❤️

    • Larissa says

      I totally get it, Mary. I have similar things that I stare at for a time and eventually it comes to me or I will pass it along to someone who may see a better use. The blessing for me is the creating as well as getting to share my ideas with you. Thank you so much for making what I do fun and for your kind words. Hugs!!

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