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Felt Thanksgiving Turkey Pin

felt turkey pinHere is a quick little project to put together for Thanksgiving. These are great to work on while you are watching TV or waiting somewhere. I made these up for my son's teachers and they loved them.

I stitched them up into pins, but they could also be sewn into napkin rings that would make a wonderful holiday table decoration. As designed, they are about 3 inches high and 4 1/2 inches wide when finished. If you would like to make the turkey larger or smaller, simply enlarge or reduce the image on a copier. My example is stitched using a blanket stitch, but if that is not your favorite stitch to do, you can also whip stitch around the edges.

Click the link to open the Turkey Pin Templates (the file is a .pdf, you will need Acrobat to open the file). The templates will print on a standard 8 1/2" by 11" piece of paper.

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turkey pin piecesFrom felt, cut out your pieces for the turkey as follows: cut feather base out of dark brown, turkey head and torso out of medium brown, beak out of orange, and five feathers in assorted fall colors. If you prefer, you can stitch the beak with orange embroidery floss instead of cutting it out of felt.

turkey arrangementThis photo shows how the turkey pieces will be arranged on top of the dark brown backing piece as they are stitched on. The bottom left and bottom right feathers (light brown) are sewn on first, then the upper left and right feathers (orange and gold), followed by the upper feather (burgundy). Once the feathers are all on, the turkey torso and turkey head will be sewn on. The beak is sewn on last and then the eyes and wattle are embroidered on.

sewing turkey pinStart stitching the elements into place as noted using a blanket stitch around the edges. For felt applique, I prefer to use three strands of floss rather than the whole piece.

This photo shows how I begin my blanket stitching (to me, the first stitch is always the hardest). I avoid knotting the end of the thread if I can because I don't want there to be a bump, so I just take a couple of small stitches where they won't show near where the stitches will begin and then bring my floss out between the two pieces of felt. Bring the needle up from the back about 3/16 of an inch from the edge and then poke your needle through the loop of floss to make the first blanket stitch. This way, the first stitch is nice and straight making it easy to continue on from there.

Click to see how to finish the felt thanksgiving turkey pin

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