Instructions

  1. Download and print diagram for turkey tail feathers.
  2. Create turkey templates by sketching a bowling pin shape for the turkey body, an oval shape for the tummy section and a cone shape for the beak. (The size of these templates will depend on personal preference.) Cut pieces of chosen fabric just larger than the templates, as shown in photo. Following manufacturer’s instructions, put iron-on adhesive onto the back of each fabric piece. Then trace each of the templates onto the paper backing of its corresponding fabric piece. Cut your shapes out (Amy used pinking shears to cut out the tummy piece for added interest), and set the tummy and beak pieces aside.
  3. Use the sewing machine’s scallop stitch on a scrap piece of fabric until you find a good scallop size for the turkey’s eyelashes. Measure the width of this scallop, and then use a washable ink pen to mark the width of the scallop on the main body piece for each of the turkey’s eyes, as shown in photo. Use these marks as guides to stitch a scallop for each eye. Amy suggests you start precisely at the rightmost mark for each eye, and end at the left mark. Crafter’s Tip: Don’t have a scallop stitch on your sewing machine? No problem! Hand-stitch little V-shapes with embroidery floss instead.
  4. Remove the paper backing from the tummy and beak pieces. Then position them on the main body piece as seen in photo. Iron them in place according to the fusible web manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. For your tail, sketch a template for your individual tail pieces that is more narrow at the bottom than it is at the top. Round the top and bottom edges slightly, as shown in photo. Your template should be about one and a half times as long as your main body piece. (The pieces will be the shape of a megaphone.) See downloadable diagram. Cut the template out; trace onto the back of chosen turkey tail patterned fabric with a washable ink marker, and cut the pieces out. (Amy used pinking shears to keep the pieces from unraveling excessively during washing.) Cut seven tail pieces.
  6. Ruffle each of your tail pieces, starting at the narrow end and working to the top. To ruffle fabric pieces, set the tension on your sewing machine to its highest setting and stitch length to the longest possible length. Sew down the center of each fabric strip. This will cause ruffling lengthwise.
  7. Starting with the outermost tail pieces, pin them in place on fusible interfacing as shown in photo. Starting at the wide end of one of your pieces, stitch directly over your ruffling stitches to affix the ruffle to your interfacing. When you reach the point formed by the two pieces, pivot, then continue stitching up the center of the next tail piece to secure it as well.
  8. Pin the next ruffle pieces in the same manner, overlapping the edges slightly with the preceding tail pieces, as shown in photo. Stitch as in the previous step. Continue pinning and stitching in this manner until all of the tail pieces are secured. (Your final piece should fall directly at the center of your tail and be straight up and down, as shown in photo.)
  9. Stitch about 1/8″ from the outer edge around the completed tail forming a fan shape. Carefully trim just outside of this stitching, taking care not to snip any of the threads as you go.
  10. Following manufacturer’s instructions, iron the tail piece onto your T-shirt, positioning it as desired. Stitch a scant 1/8″ inside of the stitching you did in step 9 to secure your tail to your top. Position your turkey body on top of your tail, and iron it in place. Stitch to secure the body to your top, making sure to stitch around the body, tummy and beak pieces so they don’t lift up later on. If desired, accessorize your turkey with a bow.

Thanksgiving Outfit Care Instructions: Turn T-shirt inside out. Use the delicate wash cycle. Lay flat to dry.

Turkey Time Thanksgiving Outfit c/o Country Woman’s featured blogger Amy Bell of Positively Splendid.

To read more about Amy and her blog, check out our blog and craft spotlight.

Photos by Amy Bell