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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Thanksgiving Turkey Shirt with FREE Cut File

I'm so excited to show you guys the shirt I just finished for my daughter to wear on Thanksgiving!

Turkey Shirt

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!

**UPDATE**

I have created a cut file to make this project even easier! You can use this file to cut the turkey face and feather pieces out of iron-on vinyl (HTV), felt, or fabric using your Cricut (or vinyl cutting machine).

Free Turkey Shirt Cut File

This Turkey Shirt cut file set is just what you need for Thanksgiving! There are four different file types included in the download, so you should be able to cut it with any cutting machine, including a Cricut. If you're using Design Space, here's a tutorial on how to upload your own images so that you can easily create your projects.

**Cut files are for personal use only**

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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

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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).

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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.

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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).

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Next, I ironed on the pupil part of the eyes and the "gobbler" thing.
Then I sewed it on using black thread.
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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.

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Would you like to comment?

Lisa said...

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

Sam said...

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! :)

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

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

Anonymous said...

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!

Sandy said...

I love it!

Unknown said...

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

A Little Piece of Me said...

This shirt is so cute!

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

Anonymous said...

Too cute!
Jen

Anonymous said...

Love it and I have lots of felt!

Mandy said...

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

Anonymous said...

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.

Sarah McDonald said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Erin said...

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

Jill said...

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/

Jamie said...

ADORABLE! And so fun!!

Jamie
For Love of Cupcakes

Michelle Johnnie said...

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

Lauren said...

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!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

LOVE this!

G Inspires said...

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

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

This just cracks me up!!

One Sassy Momma said...

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

Heather @ Creative Family Moments said...

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

Mandy Beyeler said...

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

Melysa - Moments with the Montanos said...

I love this shirt, it is adorable!!

Unknown said...

How cute!!!

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Darling @ Junque 'n my Trunk said...

So cute!!!

Jess said...

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

Jennifer said...

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

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

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

Anonymous said...

So adorable!!!

crafty11 said...

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

ReBecca Hunt-Foster said...

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

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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

ReBecca Hunt-Foster said...

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Anonymous said...

Did anyone do this without a sewing machine??

Amy said...

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

Unknown said...

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.

Alissa said...

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!! :)

Vanessa @ See Vanessa Craft said...

This is the CUTEST EVER!! Pinning :)

Anonymous said...

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

Mik's Jewelry Shop said...

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

Janet Trieschman said...

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

Sam M. | Atkinson Drive said...

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/

Unknown said...

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

Unknown said...

So cute. Featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

Janel from NellieBellie said...

cute cute!!! pinning for sure!

Bonny @ thedomesticatedprincess.com said...

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.

Anonymous said...

made one today!!! love it

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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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Denyse @ Glitter, Glue, Paint said...

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

xoxo
Denyse

Alli Smith said...

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!

Ashley TeBeest said...

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?

Anonymous said...

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

Mrs. Tanya Glea said...

Thanks for this great idea! I think I might make a pillow like this also.

mail4rosey said...

I just saw it on Pinterest. It's so cute!!

Thomas Venney said...

Thanks

tinamfoster said...

Where did you find the brown T-shirt’s? I can’t find kiddo T-shirt’s in brown.

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