November 10, 2011

Scrappy Fabric Turkey {Tutorial}

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When visiting my friend the other day, she had this little turkey sitting on her living room table, and I LOVED it!  I don't have a whole lot of Thanksgiving decor, and this was just too floppy and cute to pass up!
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:
Print off the pattern by clicking this link here. 
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 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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  1. You already made some?!? They're SEW cute!

  2. What fun- makes me wish that we celebrated Thanksgiving in Australia just so I could make on of these little cuties! Lou

  3. These are so cute! I bet they would be fun to make with kids too.

  4. So Fun Lindsay! I printed out the pattern, and hope hope hope to make some! ANd I love Malena's little pilgrims in your display:)

  5. Oh gosh I just finished some stuffed turket hands but now I want to make one of these! I have a little sewing and fabric craft linky party I'm starting tomorrow and I was wondering if you could be so kind to stop by and post it? Thanks so much!
    Sew Country Chick

  6. I love this! What a great way to decorate and use up some stash fabric too. Plus, I really appreciate holiday decorations I don't have to worry about my toddler touching. So cute! Would you link it up to my party?

  7. love all the fabrics you used.

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  8. I love these! I told my boyfriend I was going to make 13 (we have 13 turkeys) and he rolled his eyes. But I love them!

    Found you on I heart Naptime

  9. GET OUT THESE ARE JUST ADORABLE. You can even put little cards in them and make them place cards at your Thanksgiving table. I am going to share these on my COM-FB page.

    winks, jen

  10. Cute!!! I love these!

  11. These are adorable!! I can't wait to make some!

    I would love it if you'd participate in my weekend homemaking link-up party! It runs every Friday-Sunday and there's a button at the top of my sidebar you can grab to help you remember!

    Have a great week!


  12. SO pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would link these up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

  13. These are ADORABLE!! LOVE!!

    We would love for you to link up to our "Home For The Holidays" link party! ;)

  14. SO cute! I really love these. Very creative and so festive!

  15. Hi there, these are so adorable and I bet you had lots of fun making them, good craft to work on with the kiddies too. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris