Saturday, November 19, 2011

Turkey Shirt

I'm so excited to show you guys the shirt I just finished for my daughter to wear on Thanksgiving!
DIY Turkey Shirt at artsyfartsymama.com #turkey #Thanksgiving #kids

I've never done an applique {gasp!} and it was much easier than I expected. So, if you're a beginner and have wanted to try it, DO IT! It's so fun. For those of you who are pros at this and are laughing at my excitement over something so simple, try not to judge too much!

Anyway, on to the tutorial!

DIY Turkey Shirt at artsyfartsymama.com #turkey #Thanksgiving #kids

What you'll need:
T-Shirt
Fabric in colors you want to use - I used plain, old felt
Sewable Iron-On Adhesive
Sewing Machine, Iron, etc

DIY Turkey Shirt at artsyfartsymama.com #turkey #Thanksgiving #kids

I freehanded all the shapes and cut them out. You can use a cup, paint bottles, etc for the circles, and folding the feathers in half to cut them out made things a little easier. Trace the shapes onto the iron-on adhesive and cut those out. Follow the instructions on the packaging and iron the adhesive to the wrong side of the fabric. Felt doesn't have a wrong side, so just pick a side and try to remember not to accidentally turn them over (the adhesive may not fit right).

DIY Turkey Shirt at artsyfartsymama.com #turkey #Thanksgiving #kids

Iron your shirt well and peel off the adhesive backing on the pieces. Place the pieces where you want them to go on the shirt. It said to hold the iron on for about 2 seconds, but the felt needed to be ironed for a lot longer since it was thicker than regular fabric.

DIY Turkey Shirt at artsyfartsymama.com #turkey #Thanksgiving #kids

I sewed the back feathers, white part of the eyes and beak first using white thread. You can pin down the edges if you'd like. I noticed a few of my edges popped up a little during sewing since I had to bunch up the shirt sometimes to get to certain areas of the shirt. I sewed inside the shape a little bit (you can see what I mean in the photo below).

DIY Turkey Shirt at artsyfartsymama.com #turkey #Thanksgiving #kids

Next, I ironed on the pupil part of the eyes and the "gobbler" thing.
Then I sewed it on using black thread.
DIY Turkey Shirt at artsyfartsymama.com #turkey #Thanksgiving #kids

And that's it!! I love it!!
I still need to add a little bow above the left eye to make it a little more girly.

DIY Turkey Shirt at artsyfartsymama.com #turkey #Thanksgiving #kids

55 comments:

  1. OMG awesome!! I made this one for my daughter earlier this month and it definitely does NOT fit anymore haha so I'm glad this is a good beginner project...I used hot glue haha. Great post!! I'm so excited to attempt this for my 3 year old!! The onesie is going to turn into a dress haha

    http://momdad2girlsandbrutus.blogspot.com/2011/11/turkey-onesieno-sew.html?showComment=1321724858339#c1231040653407367146

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  2. So super cute. It almost makes me want to sew one together. Don't get me wrong, I will go this morning to get the supplies. I just might turkey out before it actually gets put together. I love your projects!!! Thanks for making the tutorial easy to follow! :)

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  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Im totally going to make one for my Luci! You should totally link this up to my fashion party :)

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  4. Hi, I found you through a Blog Hop, this is such a cute idea! I especially like the tail feathers on the back, good use of normally wasted space!

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  5. This is great! You've inspired me! Marie Claire from www.littleloves.com

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  6. This shirt is so cute!

    I'm a new follower from the sasse life sunday social. :)

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  7. Love it and I have lots of felt!

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  8. So so cute!! But as a non sewing machine owner does anyone think this would stay with like fabric glue or something?

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  9. Adorable! I have some leftover felt from a Halloween costume that I'll use to make one of these for my kiddo. Thanks for sharing! I'm here from Everything Under the Moon's Bedazzle Me Monday party.

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  10. would be awesome for my son in a couple of years - boys are hard to find for some holidays. I just might have to make it for daughter next year, so it is done. Thanks for sharing

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  11. I just finished making this for my son to wear to school for their "Friendship Feast" :D Thanks so much for the idea :)

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  12. Oh my gosh! Your shirt is absolutely adorable!!!

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  13. Such a cute shirt! I love the simple design - looks fabulous!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  14. This is so fun! I am featuring it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  15. Oh my goodness, this is too cute! I'm definitely bookmarking (ahem, pinning) it for next year! I thought it was cute with just the face and then the back?!?!?! Way too funny and adorable!

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  16. I love this and want to do it so bad for my little guy! Visiting from Sugar Bee Crafts!

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  17. I teach preschool and love this idea. My kids would love to see their teacher as a "turkey"! Great idea!

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  18. I was in love with the front but once I saw the back... wow, too cute!

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  19. Thanks for linking up to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at www.SugarBeeCrafts.com -- you were featured today!!

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  20. How cute!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving...


    www.mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/
    www.facebook.com/MyCrazyBeautifulLife.13
    www.pinterest.com/denyse13/

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  21. I love this! I decided last minute to re-create it for my little man! I was surprised by how simple it was. thank you for the tips!

    http://stringopearls.blogspot.com/2011/11/turkey-shirt.html

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  22. Love it! You did awesome!!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

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  23. This is so awesome that I featured it at my Hookin Up with HoH Party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like!

    xoxo

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  24. I made this shirt for my son to wear on Thanksgiving. It was a huge hit!! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Love this! I made one for my daughter was well!
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xNzbSB35Das/TuhF6scAnRI/AAAAAAAAKDk/AAhwy8igFs8/s640/IMG_7301.JPG

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-f9VLszctvAw/TuxMp_VMHZI/AAAAAAAAKD4/tvcCKIxKT-Y/s400/IMG_7297.JPG

    I found it on Pinterest via this Etsy link. Is it your store? http://www.etsy.com/listing/84985719/little-turkey-thanksgiving-onesie-or?ref=sc_8

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  26. I forgot to sign up for the email comments....

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  27. Did anyone do this without a sewing machine??

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    1. I think it would work fine without sewing if you used a good fabric glue and made sure to get all the edges really well.

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  28. I love this! I teach twos and they would love it too. :) Also, that's called the "waddle" my boss makes a horrible face when I call it the turkey's "gobbler." hahaha

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  29. do you think this would work ok with an ultrahold adhesive??? i also have no sewing machine :( but suuuuuper cute, i'd love to make one for my son and daughter!! :)

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  30. Just wondering how the felt holds up with washing? Do you hand wash or wash in the washing machine?

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  31. I love this! I have had a hard time getting into the Halloween spirit but now it's over and we're moving onto Thanksgiving this has made me change gears. I hope to make these for all three of my kids. Thanks for sharing your talent.
    I will be following.
    Mikaila from alittlebitofcraft.blogspot.com

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  32. Great post, I shared a link to it at Try it- Like it
    http://tryit-likeit.com/entries/buy/diy-thanksgiving-shirt

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  33. This is SO precious!! I would love for you to link it to my "Do Your Thing" party!
    http://www.atkinsondrive.com/do-your-thing-link-party-week-1/

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  34. Cute, cute! I may do one for grandaughter, thanks for the idea!

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  35. So cute. Featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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  36. I just did my first applique this month too, and now I'm looking around constantly thinking of things to applique! This turkey is adorably! I made the traditional one: http://thedomesticatedprincess.blogspot.com/2012/11/our-first-applique-and-cooking-with-and.html
    Anyway, I'm curious about how the felt holds up in the wash. I have a lot of felt, so this would be fun to make for my nephews.

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  37. made one today!!! love it

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  38. Thank you for the great idea! I also made one and love it! Check it out here: http://ritasdesign.wordpress.com/

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  39. Made it with just fabric glue. No sewing! So cute! Made one for each of the 4 kiddos coming over for Thanksgiving! Less than $5 a shirt, even better!

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  40. Oh goodness...so, so cute! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.

    xoxo
    Denyse

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  41. Just wanted to stop by and let you know that your turkey shirt is my feature pick on this week's Throwback Thursday. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  42. I am hoping to make this shirt for my one year old son. We are also going to announce him being a big brother so I'm trying to incorporate both. Can you tell me what your sewing settings were on?

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  43. Very creative idea.Thank you for sharing.Kids will love this.

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