Today, I've got a fun, easy-to-make, Thanksgiving craft to share with you! Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft has always been one of my favorite places to shop for sewing and craft supplies, so I love working with them! The theme for this project was #turkeytablescapes - and I knew right away what I was going to create!
About 15 years ago (maybe more), I found a pattern for a cute little turkey made out of felt. I made so many of them! I gave them as gifts, and everyone loved them. Would you believe I still had 4 left? I wanted to give credit where credit was due, so I searched and searched until I actually found the original pattern online! It came from a magazine call Crafts, and you can find the free pattern here.
To make this little turkey, you'll need just a few supplies - all easily found at your local Jo-Ann store.
- felt squares, 1 each of brown, dark green, & orange; 2 each of maroon & antique gold
- brown embroidery floss
- tiny black beads for eyes (or you can embroider them on with black embroidery floss, or glue black felt ones on)
- 10 buttons (approx. 1/2")
- scrap of fall fabric
- hot glue gun or craft glue
- needle, scissors, tracing pencil
After you trace all of the pattern pieces onto the felt and cut them out, you're going to start sewing them together with a blanket stitch. Don't panic! It's very easy!! If you're sewing eyes on the body, you'll want to do that prior to stitching the two body pieces together - if you're gluing, you can do after the turkey is assembled.
For the maroon and gold "feather" sections and the body, you're going to lightly stuff with polyfill before closing up the final stitches. I also put just a tiny bit in the wings, but that's optional.
Once you have all of the pieces stuffed and stitched, you can assemble! I used hot glue to put the body pieces together.
Now for the embellishments! I used a little thin jute to tie bows on all of the buttons, then hot glued 7 of the buttons to the maroon "feathers", and 3 down the front of the brown body. I also hot glued the beak & waddle to the face of the body. With the scrap of fall fabric, I made a bow, and glued it so that it looked like it was tied around the neck of the brown body.
And that's it! Isn't it adorable!!!
To make the tablescape, I used two turkeys, a candle in a large metal candleholder, and a couple of fall floral picks from Jo-Ann. I placed everything on one of my plate chargers (so I could easily move it) - candle in the center, floral picks arranged around that, and then a turkey on opposite sides so everyone seated at the table could see a turkey!
I also cut a large circle of burlap to cover the marble circle in the middle of the table. For the silverware, I folded my napkins to make holders, then wrapped a piece of burlap ribbon around it.
Simple, inexpensive, but oh-so-cute!!
To get you started on your own Thanksgiving crafts, Jo-Ann has a great site full of ideas - and they've provided a coupon for 50% off any one regular-priced item!
(coupon no longer available)
What will you be crafting for the holidays?
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