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Monday, November 5, 2012

Burlap Turkey

Since I am still working on Thanksgiving decor for my deck, I decided to take a school art project one step farther, and make a burlap turkey.  If you missed that post you can see it here.  It's the beginning steps for this project.

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I used lots of Aleene's Fabric Stiffener on this project.  The first thing I did was to lay large squares of fabric on wax paper and brush the fabric stiffener on all the pieces.

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I used 3 pieces like the one below.  I made each piece a little larger.

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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.

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I stuffed a brown paper bag, and wrapped it in the burlap.  I did not use the fabric stiffener on this piece.

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I found that using a pipe cleaner was the fastest and easiest way to secure the bottom. 

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I folded the edges in and glued them down with the glue gun.

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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.

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I glued the smallest piece first, and then glued the feathers to the it.

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I added another layer of feathers and a larger piece of burlap.  This helped to secure the feathers, and fan them out more. 

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Last layer of feathers, and then I added the largest piece of burlap to cover up the feathers.

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I shared how I cut out the head and the pattern in the post for the paper turkey. 

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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. 

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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!  

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 The photo below shows both turkey projects.  The paper bag version is definitely much easier and faster.  :)

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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.  

Kathy

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68 comments:

Gail said...

I think the burlap turkey is adorable! I definitely like it better than the paper one, but it's great to be able to do craft projects in school.

J. Leonard said...

Wow that burlap one looks amazing! It looks like it should be a pierone!

One More Time said...

oh my goodness....Kathy this is so darn cute!

Jenn @ Clean and Scentsible said...

That is awesome!! How creative! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I will be featuring this on Thursday for my Thanksgiving Craft round up. Have a great week!
Jenn ;)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you! The paper one was much easier and faster! LOL Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope you are having a great week. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much, and thanks for stopping by! I'm trying to get our post done. LOL Talk to you soon. HUGS

Jessica Cangiano said...

This is so splendidly cute! Never has burlap looked more festively sweet or friendly.

Thank you very much for your lovely comment and for following my scrapbook blog, I sincerely appreciate it.

♥ Jessica

Marti Cooper said...

Thank you for submitting this at the Saturday SHOW-licious Craft Showcase! It has been featured on my site! :)


http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2012/11/burlap-turkey-fall-decor.html

Tonna @ Navy Wifey Peters said...

I love this turkey! This is a great burlap craft! I's love for you to share it at my Submarine Sunday link party. :-)

T'onna
http://navywifeypeters.blogspot.com/2012/11/submarine-sunday-5.html

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

How cute is this little gobbler!!! Thanks for the great tutorial too! You must be so creative in the classroom... because you sure are out!!!!
Thanks for sharing this fun Thanksgiving project!!!!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

This is really charming...I love anything made from burlap! Good luck with your blog update too...Ann

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I am so happy to share. Thanks for the invite and the party! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much! I do try to have fun with art in the classroom. The kids love it. Thanks so much for visiting, and hosting another awesome party!!! :)
Hugs

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much! It was fun to make, but took longer than I thought it would. LOL Thank you so much for visiting. :)

meandmr.com said...

Cute turkey!!! Newest follower via google + cute blog, I can't wait to read more!
-Melanie

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Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Oh my, this is so cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial and I am now a follower.

Claire- theSITSgirls.com said...

Love this! I've been looking for some T-Day decorative crafts I can do with my son- this is perfect!

Come visit us at www.thesitsgirls.com!

Amy @ Pounds4Pennies said...

This is really incredible! So cute. Thanks for stopping by Pounds4Pennies. Please link up in our Pin It Wednesday party! We would love to have this at our LINKy.

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much! Can't wait to check out your blog and enter the giveaway. Thanks so much for stopping by, and the follow, too!

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much, and thanks for following! Love your awesome party! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! It is such a fun and easy project. Thanks for stopping by. Can't wait to visit. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much! I would love to share. Thanks for the invite and for stopping by. :)

Makeiteasycrafts.blogspot.com said...

Adorable! :-)

JP said...

That's one cute "gobbler," Kathy...might try one w/ my grandkids! Pinned it for you!

the cape on the corner said...

now that is one cute turkey!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I love burlap and your burlap turkey!

Tiffany Cutcliff said...
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Tiffany Cutcliff said...

So cute! Thanks! I am a new follower of yours and looking forward to your blog!

Tiffany
http://thedwellingtree.blogspot.com

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Susan@Organized31 said...

How adorable. I love the tail feathers and how full they are. Found you via Cheerios and Lattes.

Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

Cute little gobbler - love the burlap idea! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for visiting! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much! It really is easy to make. They would love it. Thanks for pinning and stopping by!! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for stopping by! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you!! I love burlap, too! Seems like I've gone burlap crazy here lately. :) Thanks so much for stopping by. HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I just followed your awesome blog. Thanks so much for following and stopping by! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and following! Just returned the favor. Love your blog! HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much! Thanks for the great party, too! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! It was fun to make. Thanks for stopping by, too! :)

AmieAnn said...

I love this! Burlap is my favorite fabric for projects.. this is such a clever way to use it!
Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party!
xoxo
Amie @ Pinkapotamus

Paula Miller said...

This is AWESOME!!! I'm pinning this, although I wouldn't have time to make one this year.

Thanks so much for sharing this with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party :))

Paula
lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

Sarah Evans said...

I love this - what a great way to decorate your table :)

Thanks for linking up!

Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

Emma Kaufmann said...

Your burlap turkey is so adorable - and it is great because unlike a real one I don't have to worry about how long to roast it before it dries out! Linking up with Super Handmade Sundays so please come over and say hi.

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Love the turkey Kathy. So cute! Hugs, Peggy

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you! My cat doesn't know what to think about it. LOL Thanks for another great party!! HUGS, Kathy

Kathie said...

Love your burlap turkey! Just adorable!

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks so much for sharing Kathy on Simple & Sweet Fridays. That is the cutest turkey!

Jody

Christine said...

Thanksgiving has gone by for me.... but when you are done with your turkey, send it over here.. I'll use it next Thanksgiving and I'll send it back to you before yours. hehe

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! I can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening :)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

That is one cute turkey! Don't you just love burlap!

Judy said...

What a super cute project. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

Emily Morgenstern said...

This is too cute! What a great idea! I've never seen that fabric stiffener, but it's so cool! I'll be trying that out SOON!

I've pinned this!

Jennifer Dawn Oliver Shelton said...

What a great Thanksgiving decoration!

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for the great party! Hope you are feeling better!!

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you, and thanks for hosting a great party!! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Great idea!! I will send him your way for next year. LOL Thank you so much for hosting another great party!! XOXO
Kathy

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you! I am burlap crazy here lately. LOL Thanks for the great party, and for stopping by!!
HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much for the feature! I am so honored! Thanks for the great party each week, too! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much! I love that fabric stiffener!! You can do so much with it. :) Thanks for the pin and for visiting.

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you, Jennifer! Thanks for the wonderful party, too! Hugs

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Kathy, this looks wonderful! I am looking for burlap craft ideas - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Jill said...

Both turkeys look amazing! Great work!

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

Debi Bolocofsky said...

Hey Kathy,
I really love your burlap turkey. Thanks so much for sharing at last Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. This weeks party is live. The link to the party is
http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/11/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-link_14.html
Can't wait to see you there.
Have a great week.
Debi

Maria Matter said...

this is fabulous, love that burlap!!

Mariel said...

Thanks for linking up! Hope to see some of your great ideas again this week on 'Or so she says ...' www.oneshetwoshe.com

Ewa KM said...

another great project!!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

What a cute project, Kathy! Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

gosia said...

This is just too sweet! Adorable, really! Pinned, so perhaps I can try it one day:) Not sure if mine will be so pretty!
Thanks for sharing at Foodies & Crafties Soirée.
Gosia | Kiddie Foodies

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