Read all of step 1 and the Cautions at the end before starting.
Albinia's workin' that thing!
Step 1: To make the sweater measure around your chicken at the thickest point from its back and around its chest. Measure how long you want the sweater to be. Mine was 6" for a Silkie Bantam. I cut my sweater in a trapezoid shape that tapered up by 2.5 inches on each side. Do not sew it into a tube yet. It looked like this:
Step 2: (pic 1) To make the ruffle cut a 2 inch wide strip 2x as long as the neck opening. (In my case I made a 20 inch strip for the 10 inch side.) To gather the ruffle put your stitch length on the widest setting (4.5mm on my machine) and sew straight across. Gently pull the thread as you push the fabric together to be as long as the neck opening (10 inches for mine). Sew it onto the neck opening. Sew the edges of the ruffle together, then turn it inside out and sew the tube together.
Step 3: (pic 2) Put the tube on your chicken. Use a marker to mark where you need to cut out your wings. Pin the excess on the center seam on the chest of your chicken. (Think, "Project Runway" for chickens having their fitting before sending them down the runway.)
Step 5: (pic 4) Trim off the excess and cut the wing holes. Put it on you chicken. Keep your scissors nearby in case you need to make the wing hole opening a little larger.
Now you have a warm and happy chicken!
Do not use a fabric with a print or pattern to make sweaters.
Do not tie little ribbons or sew embellishments on the sweaters.
Do not put them back into the coop with their hats on.
Chicken are very curious and will peck at the print, ribbons, or embellishment to see what it is. They could injure their coopmate or themselves in doing so.
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