Thanksgiving is a fun time for us. We have three children in Minnesota and a son in central Wisconsin, which is about a 2 hour drive from here. The Minnesota kids are a good 6 hour drive. I know that is not the end of the world, but with crazy work schedules and school schedules, we don’t all have a chance to be together that often.
Thanksgiving is one of those times. I usually spend Thanksgiving Day prepping food and cleaning and setting up spare bedrooms. The kids all spend Thursday with their in-laws. On Friday morning the caravans begin and by early afternoon they have arrived at the homestead. The grandkids, who also don’t get to see each other that often are running in circles and looking for their favorite toys that they know Gramma will have. We will have our Thanksgiving dinner on Friday and spend the rest of the weekend catching up.
This year I thought it would be fun if the kids had matching turkey shirts. I started with plain black T-shirts. I had a spare that will fit M so that saved me a step. I will make the boys a black flashback tee and go from there. This is a good way to use up small pieces of various prints that you may have thrown in your scrap bucket for who knows what!
Cutting the Pieces and Fusing
You will need an 8×8 inch square to cut your body from and 5 or 6 – 6×6 inch squares for the feathers. On the wrong side of each square fuse a piece of fusible craft web. The brand I use is Wonder-Under by Pellon. This will make cutting your body and feathers easier and make transferring a snap. Here are the templates I used: Turkey Craft Template.
Cut all the feathers and body first. I cut 5 feathers for the small turkey and 6 for the larger turkey. After you have them cut just fuse them to the front of your tee-shirt. I arranged the turkey the way i liked it and then fused the body and feathers at the same time.
If you have never used craft web before it is pretty handy. I always have some on hand for appliques. You simply fuse it to the wrong side of your piece. When you are ready to fuse to your garment peel the paper off, adjust it as you like and apply with a moderately hot iron. The heat will melt the glue and then you can add any stitching around the outside. The stitching will be decorative as well as give stability to your applique.
When I made the shirts for the boys, I fused the turkey to the front before assembling the tee. This made the process much quicker and the applique easier to apply. On the smaller shirts I used five feather pieces and on the larger shirt I used seven. Two black buttons for the eyes and a triangle beak/mouth completes the picture. Feel free to be creative! You may want to add feet or a waddle. I just kept it simple.
Let your little one arrange their own turkey! This is a great part of the project to do together, they can arrange their feathers however they like.
Wrapping It Up
Since I’m in Wisconsin making the shirts, we have no pictures of shirts on children. There will, however, be pictures to come. I am excited to see the kids all together in their turkey shirts. We have recently added a new granddaughter to our clan. I am thinking of applying a turkey to a newborn onsie. I am a little afraid it may be to stiff and scratchy for a newborn. Still thinking on that. We have attached the template for a turkey body and feathers for you.
Do you make matching clothing for your children or grandchildren? It’s rather corny, but its fun and I need to do this before they get to big and start objecting.