Not only does the stiffener help the fabric hold its shape, but it also does a great job of keeping the burlap from fraying. The photo below shows what the burlap looked like before I started. You can add the stiffener to the edges of your burlap and no more frayed edges.
I stuffed a brown paper bag, and wrapped it in the burlap. I did not use the fabric stiffener on this piece.
I found that using a pipe cleaner was the fastest and easiest way to secure the bottom.
I folded the edges in and glued them down with the glue gun.
For the end that I added the feathers, I glued down the edges in small sections. I stuck a floral pin through the bag to keep it from sticking out.
I glued the smallest piece first, and then glued the feathers to the it.
I added another layer of feathers and a larger piece of burlap. This helped to secure the feathers, and fan them out more.
Last layer of feathers, and then I added the largest piece of burlap to cover up the feathers.
I shared how I cut out the head and the pattern in the post for the paper turkey.
So the head of the turkey didn't look flat, I stuffed it with burlap scraps after hot gluing the edges together. I added the eyes and the red fabric, and then glued it to the turkey body. I also cut out a few brown feathers, and added them to the side of the turkey.
The last step was to cut out several layers of feathers for the front. I slid each piece around the base of the turkey head and glued each piece. For the last layer, I added a red piece of fabric to extend the gobbler. All done!
The photo below shows both turkey projects. The paper bag version is definitely much easier and faster. :)
One of my major goals for my Thanksgiving Break is to change the layout of my blog so I can make my photos larger! Not looking forward to that task. LOL Thank you so much for visiting.