This plump little fabric turkey will be the center of attention on your table this year! Make one for your table or as a gift for your host & hostess.
Mr Tom Turkey
10" x 14" piece of rust fabric (for body and arms)
You will also need:
(1/4" seams allowed)
Using carpet thread or 4 strands of regular thread, hand-stitch large gathering stitches around body piece 1/4" from edge. Fill small plastic bag with birdseed, rice or lentils, secure top of bag with twist tie, then place bag in center of wrong side of body piece. Pull ends of thread to gather fabric to make a pouch. Stuff pouch around plastic bag with fiberfill. Tightly pull ends of thread to gather fabric around fiberfill, forming a ball; knot thread ends close to top of ball, forming the body.
Wings and Arms
Pin two wing pieces with right sides together and edges even; machine-stitch along edges, leaving straight side open. Trim seams; turn right side out; press. Repeat with two remaining wing pieces. Matching dots on each wing to corresponding dots on right side of arms piece, pin wings to arms piece with straight edges aligned. Fold down top of arms piece so that wings are inside arms piece. Machine-stitch open sides of arms piece, leaving opening at middle of long side for turning. Trim seams; turn right side out; press. Stuff arms firmly with fiberfill; hand-stitch opening closed. Center arms seam side down on top of body pouch; glue or mud-stitch in place.
Collar and head
Center collar right side up on top of arms; glue in place. Center wooden ball on top of collar and glue in place for head. Referring to photo, use dark brown permanent marker to make two dots or eyes; use pink permanent marker to make rosy cheeks. Glue beak in place. Tie 3/8"-wide satin ribbon in a bow; glue to collar beneath chin.
Lay fabric tail pieces with right sides together on top of fleece tail piece; pin all layers. Machine-stitch around outside edges through all three layers, leaving straight edge open. Trim seams;
turn right side out. Machine-stitch along dotted lines through all layers. Turn under edges of opening; hand-stitch closed. If desired, glue feathers to one
Glue 3/16" wide satin ribbon around base of hat crown. Place hat on head and glue in place.