Easy Sew Turkey

These fabric turkeys will add festive charm to your table scape, mantel, or bookshelves.  You will need basic sewing skills for these cuties, but don’t worry – it’s not too tough for a novice.  They are made from a simple pattern, only 2 pieces, and the size is very easy to change (bigger, smaller, fatter!).  Get your sewing machine out and gather up some fall fabric!

Materials:

  • Turkey pattern {DOWNLOAD PATTERN PDF HERE}
  • Muslin for body of turkey, 4″ by 13″ for 1 body
  • Fall fabric for tail, 6″ by 12″ for 1 tail
  • Matching felt 6″ by 6″ (to tail)
  • Matching DMC floss or thread for tail
  • Paint: black for eyes, red for gobbler
  • Tooth pick
  • scissors
  • Sewing machine with matching thread to turkey body
  • Stuffing
  • Rice
  • Glue or hot glue
  • Buttons and blush make-up with Q-tip

Lets make a turkey.  Trace and cut the turkey body (cut with fold on bottom).

For the turkey tail you will need one match piece of felt and 2 pieces of fall fabric. Sew around the turkey body with 3/8 seam allowance.  Ok stay with me, I know it looks odd.  Two more seams and done! We are going to make him stand up.  Flatten bottom to make a room to make a seam (I sewed these seams in dark thread making it easier to see).  Hard part done, and I know it still might not look right…but it is.

With scissors cut a slit in back.  And clip with scissors around turkey body.  Turn right side out.  Now do you see what is happening….he will stand.

Fill bottom half with rice (or what ever you might have) and fill upper part with stuffing.  Stitch closed, this is the back no one will see this side.

Now for his tail.  Cut the fall fabric and felt, I cut all 3 at the same time.  Pin all 3 together to make it easier to hand stitch.  You will need to layer the pieces as showed in picture.  I like to use DMC floss, but thread can be used.  Quick stitch around tail through all 3 pieces.  Glue tail to back of turkey body (I used hot glue). With black paint make 2 eyes and maybe eye brow, I find using a tooth pick makes it so easy.  Just dip the tip of the tooth pick in your paint to make the eyes and a quick stock for brow.  If you’re not sure, practice on scrap fabric or paper.   Now red for the gobbler.  I used felt for his beak, paint will also work.

Buttons can be glued on; on one I cut fabric circles and just stitched them on.  One last step – with a Q-tip rub a little make-up blush on his cheeks.

“Give Thanks” Recycled Painted Jars

If you have some extra glass jars that were headed for the recycling bin, don’t toss them just yet! Use them to create this adorable decoration that can be adapted for any season or occasion! Look for jars of different sizes and shapes  If you have the lids, great! If not, you can still made it work.  🙂

I’m using fall colors to go with my saying “Give Thanks”, but the possibles are endless – Welcome, Happy Birthday or maybe even Happy Holidays! You could use the same jars and just switch the sayings for each season!

Materials:

  • Jars with lids (can be done without a lid) I used 7
  • Acrylic paint (I’m using 7 different colors)
  • Twine
  • Sticker letters to spell out Give Thanks
  • Cardstock paper and/or Kraft paper
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Double stick tape
  • Optional: Ink pad (brown), 3-D adhesive square or dots, berry pick, wire and pinecone

 

Directions:

Select the jars you like, make sure they are clean inside and out.  (Goo Gone is great for getting off the sticky labels!)  Get out the acrylic paints and find your colors.  Line your jars up in the order you want to display them , and match your paint to the jar. I like to put my paint in front of the jars in order to get a look at how the colors and jar shapes flow.  Now that  you know which color is going into each jar, the fun part begins…here we go!

Pour some paint into the jar – about 3 tablespoons (you can always add more). Put the lid on and roll jar around, letting the paint coat the inside.  If the kids are old enough (we are using glass!) get them to help. After you see the paint has covered the inside, with lid still on, turn jar upside down for just a few minutes, letting the extra paint run into lid.  Take the lid off, throw it away and let the painted jar dry upright.  Repeat for each jar. FYI:  it might take an afternoon for the paint to dry.

While the paint is drying let’s work on the saying, “Give Thanks”.  I’m using stickers (from the scrap booking section of the craft store) – one style  for “give” (which I’m putting all together on one jar),  and different styles of stickers for each letter of “thanks” (which I am going to use a different jar for each letter).

First cut Kraft card stock paper or colored card stock to a size that fits your jars.  The paper that I will stick  “give” on to  is a different size than the others. I cut the papers for “thanks” all the same size  (mine are 1 1/2″ by 2 1/2″) and  I inked around the sides.

Cut another piece of card stock, smaller than the first .  I inked around the sides with brown, and add a letter.  Do this for each letter until you have t-h-a-n-k, and a larger one for “give”.

With a punch, make a hole for the twine or ribbon.  I made only one hole for the twine to go through for each letter of “thanks” since the paper is skinner. Since my “give” is larger and different type of sticker, I wanted it tie on a little different.  So I punch 2 holes, bring the twine through one hole and around to the other.  Making a small knot on each end.

I used twine to tie the letters on, but ribbon would work also.  Pull both ends of twine through punched hole, looping around jar.  You can pull it tight or loose to let the letter hang down.  Make a knot to hold in place.

Get creative with recycled jars and paint!

I will be changing my jars to say “welcome” after the Thanksgiving season is over. Half the work will already be done, I can use the jars and just change the letters and the order of the jars for a new look!  So easy and fun! 🙂

Just a reminder, acrylic paint is water based, which means if you were to fill a paint coated jar with water (if you wanted to put fresh flowers in jar) the paint will start to dissolve.

Fall Pillows

A super fast and easy way to change the look of your room from season to season is to create new slip covers for your accent pillows. The possibilities for pillow covers are truly are endless;  I am showing you just one way to make slip covers, but let your creative side out and have fun with this one!

First pick your fabric for the pillow, if you like (or need) to wash the covers often,  just  make sure the fabric you choose is durable and able to be washed often.  I used 2 yards of fabric for the 3 pillows.  I made my 18″, because that is the size pillow foams (the inside stuffing) that looks best in my room.  You might like a different size, in the stores (like Jo Ann) they will carry a range of sizes and shapes.

Start by cutting – since my pillow is going to be a finished 18″, I cut a 19″ square (times 3 for 3 pillows) and for the back cut 12″ by 19″ (times 3) and 10″ by 19″ (times 3).

When creating any design or embellishment details on a pillow, you want to do that before sewing the pillow together, so let’s start with the fun fall designs. I embellished these fall pillows with felt and DMC thread (cross stitching).

Begin by making your design.  I wanted a tree, and tree branch and a flower.  Since my design was going to be large, I used newspaper to draw out my shapes.

Lay out your cut out felt shapes on the top of your 19″ fabric square (top of pillow).  Pin pieces in place.

With matching thread I did a quick stitch around the branch.  Then add the leaves, stitching down the center of each leaf.

Now for the slip pillow with the flower (I always need a flower somewhere 🙂 ).

Cut a quick flower shape – about 3″. You will need 7 and a 2″ circle for the flower base.

Take each flower shape and fold in half and fold again, pin to hold.  Do this to all 7.

Keep the pin in and cut the tip off.  With needle and thread, stitch along bottom (where you just cut).

Place 4 of the flower petals on felt circle and sew (because I’m putting the flower on a pillow sewing on gluing is best).

Sew on the other 3 petals.  For the center, cut a piece about 1/2″ by 2 1/2″.  Roll long ways and stitch in center.

For the flower buds, I made 3 petals ( cutting the flower shape, folding and folding).  This time I did not cut bottom.  I used a half circle, and wrapped the base of flower and sewed in place.

For the smaller bud I used one petal.  Play around and find what you like.

Sew your flower and buds to the pillow top.  I finished by adding leaves and a stem.

To make the stems with a quick stitch, I used straight pin to mark out my stem shape.  Make it so much easier, just stitch along the pins.

 

Now, it’s time to make the slipcovers! Cut a strip (one for each pillow you’re making); I made mine 2″ and 6″.  Fold over the 2″ side and sew down the 6″ side.

Clip the fabric to make it easier for turning. Use a safety pen to pull through.  You have the loop for the back.

Sew  back piece 12″X 19″  down one side of the 19″ side.  You will fold over raw edge and sew and fold that over and sew again (on raw edge).

Take the 10″ by 19″ back piece and fold over raw edge 19″ side one time.  Fold in half, marking the center (the side that you just sewed). Place your loop on the center mark, turn and sew back edge that was just sewn.

Are you with me so far?  We are almost there! Now, think backwards – lay your piece with the loop down first, then the other back piece (they will overlap).  You have a 19″ square and you want to pin all around your pillow to hold all pieces in place.  Start sewing your pillow together( I used a 5/8 seam).  You need to clip around all sides, and I like to cut off each corner (see pic).

You made a slip cover pillow.  Turn your pillow right side out.  Mark where your button goes ( this will hold the pillow together).  Sew your button on.  Done!  Much easier than a zipper (and the back even looks great too).

These simple designs are quick and easy, let your creative side out and have fun designing you own custom slip cover pillows!

 

I’m sharing this tutorial with Happy Hour, Patches of Pink, RoCa & Company, & Kissed by a Frog.

Rustic Stick Sunburst Wreath

This wreath is super easy, quick, and cheap! I first got inspired to make mine after seeing the idea on The Painted Hive, and I knew I wanted to try one.

Get the kids involved by getting them out to enjoy the cooler fall weather gathering up some sticks (lots and lots of sticks!).  Then, find a cardboard box to cut up and you are almost done…

MATERIALS:

  • hot glue
  • cardboard
  • burlap or ribbon
  • sticks (lots and lots of sticks!)

 

 DIRECTIONS:

Cut cardboard(I used an old box) into a 9″ circle  (I used the top to a cooking pot to trace the the circle).  Then cut a 3″ hole in center.

Cut burlap strips and wrap the strips around to cover your cardboard circle, gluing in place where needed.

*Tip:  The raw edge of burlap can be hard to work with.  Here is my tip on making burlap strips with less fraying.  It’s so easy, find your selvage edge, cut one string on both sides and pull it out (it might break, find it and keep pulling).  Now you have a perfect straight line to cut.  Keep going, you want to do this for both sides of the strip.  Your burlap is now so much easier to work this way.

Make sure your sticks are clean, with no extra dirt.  Hot glue the sticks, working your way around the circle.

When finished, wrap a long ribbon through the center and up and it’s ready to hang!

After I made this I thought about making this wreath with bamboo sticks or drift wood… or even spray painting the wreath, gloss black , white or red!  There are tons of variations that could make this wreath even more unique – have fun!

Fall Printables: It’s Fall Y’all!

Printables are my favorite quick & easy way to decorate for different seasons, so in honor of autumn, here’s a free printable!

You can download the printable in either orange or red (just click on the one you like below to download). For best results, print it on high quality card stock.

{download orange fall printable here}

 

{download orange fall printable here}

 

Enjoy!

(Printables are for personal, non-commercial use only. )

 

I’m sharing these with: Tip Junkie, Happy Hour & Patches of Pink.

Recycled Fall Wreath with Painted Paper Bag Leaves

This fun, kid-friendly project is a great way to re-use those old paper grocery bags and decorate for fall!

MATERIALS

Leaf template {DOWNLOAD LEAF TEMPLATE HERE}

Large paper bags

Paint (in fall colors – I used red, yellow, brown, and gold)

Hot glue and/or double stick tape

Wire (26 gauge)

Styrofoam wreath

Burlap or ribbon

DIRECTIONS

Download & print out leaf pattern. Wrap the wreath with burlap strips or ribbon, hot glue end to hold in place.

Here’s where the kids can get involved: it’s time to paint the paper bags. I cut the bag into sections, and painted each a different color (red, gold, yellow, brown).

After the paint is dry, cut two rectangular pieces large enough for the leaf.  Put one rectangle painted piece down (non painted side up) and glue (or use double sided tape) wire down the center. Then add more glue or tape and place the other rectangle on top (paint side up).  Lay your leaf pattern on top, then trace and cut out.

 

I made 35 leaves.

Push each leaf with wire into the wreath and continue until your wreath is covered in leaves.  The wire is flexible and allows you to bend and shape the leaves to give the wreath a little dimension.

Once the wreath is completed, you may want to attach ribbon or burlap strips so that you can hang it  – I just used small straight pins to pin my burlap strips to the back of the wreath.

 

Sharing this with Kissed by a Frog & Tip Junkie.

 

Easy Fall Decorations

Decorating for fall is so fun, but with the holidays right around the corner, it’s important that the decorations be easy and inexpensive! Here are 2 super quick (and cheap!) fall decorating ideas:

1. As the weather starts to turn (OK, not so much here in Florida, but surely the weather is getting cooler somewhere!), take advantage of some of those bare branches on your trees by cutting off some of the larger sticks and stick them in a cute vase for a super easy decoration.

2. Next time you’re at the craft store, grab some cloth stem wire (it can be found in the floral section – or maybe you have some left over after making your book pumpkin 🙂 )  and a package of  natural looking decorative filler (the kind used for filling vases & such).

Just hot glue the filler balls onto the ends of the wires, display in a fun vase, and you’ve got a super easy fall “floral” arrangement!

Pumpkin Decorations Made from Recycled Books

Have a bunch of old books laying around? Give them a new life by creating unique pumpkins, perfect for autumn and Halloween decorations!

This is a great way to give new life to books that are falling apart, torn, missing covers or pages, or would have otherwise been thrown away. The books I used  were given to me by others who did not want them anymore and were planning on throwing them away – it was a little tough to cut up a book, but I feel pretty good about making something beautiful and useful out of them, and saving them from a landfill! 🙂

There a a few different techniques that you can use to color the pumpkins, depending on how color-saturated you want them (and how much time you want to spend creating them ).

MATERIALS

Old paperback books

Sticks

Orange ink pad

Orange acrylic paint

Large mixing bowl

Exacto knife

Hot glue & glue gun

Sheet of paper

Scissors

Green felt

Brown Cloth Stem Wire (can be found in the floral section of any craft store)

DIRECTIONS

On a blank sheet of paper, draw and cut out a pumpkin shape (keeping in mind the size of the book you will be using and that the book will need to be able to stand up, so don’t make the bottom completely rounded).  Pull the front & back cover off the book. Open the book  to about halfway through, and then trace the shape onto the book pages. Use an Exacto knife to cut out the pumpkin (you may have work your way through the book doing this, cutting several pages at a time).

 

 

Once your pumpkin shape is cut out, it’s time to give it some color! Decide which method you want to use (if you’re making more than one, you may want to try a different method of adding color for each one):

Rub the edges with an orange stamp pad. This is by far the quickest, easiest and least messy method, but it just gives the edges color, so a lot of white will still show through.

Dip the edges in orange paint. Water down orange acrylic paint to dilute it and put it in a large mixing bowl or other container. Test the orange color by dipping a sheet of paper in – add more water or orange paint to make it the color you like. Then, just close the book and dip the cut edges in. You can dip as little or as much as you’d like – the deeper and/or longer the book gets dipped in the paint, the further the color will soak up into the pages. If you want the book pages to be entirely orange-tinted, dip the whole book in the paint (this produces a really cute look, but it took almost 2 days to dry completely!).

 

Once the book pumpkins are are completely dry, it’s time to make the stems and leaves that will attach to the top. Cut out a few leaf shapes from green felt and hot glue a small length of the stem wire to the back of each.  Use some more of the wire to create little curly spirals that will also stick out of the top of the pumpkin by wrapping it around a pen or pencil, then just sliding it off.

Open the book so that the first and last pages and the core of the spine  are facing up.  Use the hot glue gun to glue a stick (the stem), along with the base of the wire “curlies” and the leaf  into the top of the spine of the book. Zig-zag hot glue all the way down the spine, then just open the book completely so the pages are all spread out.

 

 

Once the hot glue dries, the pumpkins are done!

 

 

 

 

I’m linking this tutorial up to: Tip Me TuesdayPatches of PinkHappy HourSundae Shake Up & Everything Under the Moon.

Fall Wreath with Felt Rosettes

Get into the spirit of fall with a unique and handcrafted wreath in warm autumn colors! This fall wreath is super easy and very inexpensive to make – I purchased everything to make this wreath for under $10!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATERIALS:

  • Grapevine wreath
  • Felt (in various colors – use any colors you’d like for your flowers)
  • Hot glue gun & hot glue
  • Double stick tape
  • Fall berry picks {optional}

DIRECTIONS:

Download and print out the Rosette Template. Use the template to cut the “swirl” shapes out of your felt (you can adjust the size of your swirl to create larger or smaller rosettes).

Start at the end and roll it. The tighter you roll it up, the smaller the rosette will be; if it is rolled more loosely, the rosette will end up larger. Once the flower was almost completely rolled, I used a little double stick tape to keep it rolled up (double stick tape is great because you can take it off if you need to adjust your flower and then just stick it back on). Then I finished rolling it up by putting the end on top of the tape, and the whole rosette stays together and keeps its shape.

{Optional}

To make multi-colored rosettes, like the one below, just attach two or three different colors together with hot glue to make the swirl pattern. The just roll it up like the other rosettes!

Make as many or as few rosettes as you’d like. Then just arrange how you’d like them on the grapevine wreath and secure them with hot glue. You can decorate the entire wreath with the flowers, or use other fall decorations – I used 5 sprigs of fall berries (I just stuck them right into the wreath!).

I’m linking this tutorial up to: Tip Me Tuesday, Patches of Pink & Whipperberry

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