The Grand Gobbler

 


I was looking around online for a Thanksgiving turkey project when I stumbled upon this free felt turkey sewing pattern.  The sewing pattern and instructions are available at Sewing.org. This was a quick, easy, and fun project that is perfect for Thanksgiving. I followed the pattern and instructions, but I didn't use the same colors of felt or the same size buttons that the pattern calls for. I also used ribbon instead of fabric for the turkeys bowtie, and I really like the ribbon.  I found it during one of my many trips to Wal-Mart. I purchased the felt from the local fabric store, and I originally intended to use the felt for a quiet book for my daughter, but I haven't gotten around to that yet... Anyhoo, I added my grand gobbler to this year's Thanksgiving wreath.

I used the following materials for this project:

  • felt (2 orange, 2 goldenrod, 1 brown, 1 teal, 1 red)
  • embroidery floss (brown and orange)
  • sewing needles
  • buttons (seven 3/4 inch buttons and three 1/2 inch buttons)
  • fiberfill
  • glue gun
  • ribbon/strip of fabric
  • scissors
  • pins
  • 2 black beads for eyes
  • pattern & instructions from Sewing.org
I cut out the pattern pieces and selected the colors of felt I wanted to use for my turkey.
Then I traced the pattern pieces onto the felt and cut them out.
 
I used the blanket stitch to sew together the two big tail pieces, the two small tail pieces, each set of wing pieces, and the body pieces. I used three pieces of brown embroidery floss, except on the body.  Since I chose brown felt for the body, I used orange embroidery floss to stitch around the body pieces. I also lightly stuffed the tails and body, but not the wings.
 
I hot glued two black beads for the eyes, the wattle, and the beak.
 
I cut a strip of ribbon and made a bow.  I cut Vs into the ends. 
 
I straight stitched brown embroidery floss into the three 1/2 inch blue buttons for the body. I used orange embroidery floss for the seven 3/4 inch buttons for the large tail.
 
I attached the bow and buttons to the body using hot glue.  
 
Next, I hot glued the wings and body to the small tail. 
 
Then I glued on the large tail.  I also glued the buttons onto the large tail, and the grand gobbler is all done!
 
 
my gobbler hanging out on my buffet with some other fall decor 
 
 
 
the gobbler on my wreath
 

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