Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Turkey Fun!

Mommy & Me
Turkey Day Shirts

Well, I have found multiple websites that have their own Turkey themed shirts that you could make.... And well I thought I would make my own! So I opened up Paintbrush on my Mac and took a stab at making my own Turkey Day template. And as I printed it I knew I wanted to share it! So it here it is in all it's glory!

 Here's what you'll need to get started:

  • 6 Charm Squares (5"in.), this will be enough to make "feathers" for 2 Turkeys.
  • Scrap of brown fabric large enough for the body
  • Scraps of felt for beak and eyes (optional) you could always embroider them on...
  • Heat-n-Bond, Steam-a-Seam, or WonderUnder... your choice...
Template found here

First I transfer the images to the paper side of the fusible webbing. 

Simply attach the fusible to the wrong side of the fabric as shown on the right.

I have done two here. One was for my shirt and one for my little daughter's shirt.

 So you need two of each feather and either just one for the top or two...

These are the pieces....

Peel off the paper backing and place how you would like on the shirt. For my shirt I put it on the bottom corner... Abby's shirt I put it in the middle.

Once I got them the way I wanted them I ironed them down.

  Then I placed my bird body in the center. I totally forgot, but I actually used the fusible webbing on the beak and eyes with scraps of felt and attached them to the body before attaching the body to the shirt. 

You could embroider a face on or even leave it blank, but what Turkey doesn't deserve a face of some kind? Ha ha! 

Lastly, I just simply stitched around the body and then the wing feathers.

And there you have a wonderful Turkey shirt! (or whatever you put him on!)

Ok... now just in case you wanted to be real adventurous, after I adhered the beak and eyes to the body I peeled off the paper from the back of the body and used matching thread to stitch the beak and eyes. I wanted them to appear to have been sewn on. Then when I ironed the body on the threads were sandwiched in between the body and the shirt.... Just a thought!

Also... on Abby's shirt I didn't stitch down the Turkey because well I was feeling a little lazy : ) and secondly, this shirt won't fit next year and the fusible interfacing will last a gentle cycle wash ... that is if I can get the left over dinner off of it.... even though she wears a bib, she still manages to get stuff on her clothes... ha ha!

I know there are many tutorials with these out there and I am so very happy you chose mine! You can always add extra wing feathers or less... you can change it up however! I would love to see yours!


  1. Love the fabrics you used for the feathers, so cute!

  2. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but I love your shirt nevertheless!
    Your choice of fabrics is always fab! Great work Beck! (as always I should say)