I came home and made myself a pattern, and whipped out a few the next day...
These little guys are great, because they can be made with scraps of fabric, and you can really use any color scheme!
Want to make one (or ten) of your own??
Here is the tutorial:
You will cut 2 pieces of fabric from each pattern piece.
To do this: Trace each pattern piece on to a piece of fabric twice, once with SIDE A up, and once with SIDE A down! The pieces are not symmetrical, so this detail is important!
Cut out all the pieces. I used a different color fabric for each set of feathers (remember you are making 2 of each piece).
Cut out a tiny gobbler from red felt - as shown below.
Place each set of fabric pieces wrong sides together (so that the right side of the fabric faces out on both the front and the back).
Sew around the outside edge with 1/4 inch seam allowance, and leave a 2 inch hole in the bottom for stuffing.
When you are sewing around the turkey's head, sandwich the gobbler between the fabric about 1/3 way down (as shown below) so that you catch it in the stitching.
Stuff each piece VERY LOOSELY. Use the bare minimum amount of stuffing that you can - just enough to make an even layer. Then sew the opening closed.
Sew a button eye onto both sides of the turkey's head.
Layer the pieces, starting with piece 1 on the bottom, all the way to piece 5 on the top. Line up and center the bottom edge on all the pieces. (You will end up with the largest piece on bottom progressing to the smallest piece on top).
Thread a needle with a long piece of thread, and tie a big knot in the end.
Starting in between the layers, so that the knot is hidden, sew back and forth through the middle of all the layers a few times - but not too tight!! If you want your turkey to stand up straight, it needs to be loosely sewn together. To finish, sew to a middle layer again, and knot the thread so that you can cut it and the knot will be hidden.
And that is it! So quick, you can just make more and more and more!
These little turkeys would make a fabulous Thanksgiving gift...you could give them to a friend with a little note about how thankful you are for them :)
These would also be fun to use as place cards at the Thanksgiving Table...with each person's name on a string around the turkey's neck...
I hope you all have a Happy Turkey Day!
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