Sunday, October 21, 2012

Turkey Ribbon Shirt Tutorial

I saw this brown shirt on pinterest from Love from Texas and I wanted to make it for my little turkeys.
First, I made a pattern for the turkey body by tracing around a couple of glasses.
Next, I transferred the pattern to the back of the fabric and cut it out.

I lightly pinned the turkey body onto the shirt.  I make it easier to pin, I placed a magazine in between the layers of the shirt.
I cut and sealed the ends of the ribbon with clear nail polish.  You can also use "no Fray." I have heard of some crafters heat sealing the end, but I have never tried that. (If you have a tutorial on how to seal the ends of the ribbon, please post the link in the comments section.  I would like to try this sometime, since I make other ribbon crafts.)
Next, I pin the ribbon feathers under the edge of the turkey body.
I used wider ribbons for the back feathers and thinner ones for the front ribbons.  I also noticed that it looked better when I used mostly pastel ribbons.
I sewed along the outside edge of the turkey with a straight stitch. You do not need to embroider the edge. I thought about stopping at this point, but I wanted to try the embroidery tool on my sewing machine.
Next, I embroidered along the outside edge of the turkey. This was the first time that I used this feature on machine and I don't think that I did that bad.  I can't wait to try other embroidery projects.

For his beak, I made a triangle out of orange ribbon and used the hot glue gun to adhere it to the shirt.  I also tacked it on with a few stitches. I used round bead buttons for the eyes.

Please post links to the turkey ribbon shirts in the comments section.  I would love to see them and any tips or tricks that you might have.

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  1. So Cute! I hope you'll come link it up at I Freakin' did it Friday!

    1. I added you Linky party to my list and I started following you. Thanks!

  2. It turned out so cute! I want to make two of them for my little girls so they can match!

    1. I am making my youngest Daughter's shirt right now. I started following your blog too.

  3. Super cute! I found you via nifty thrifty. I'd love to have you join my PIN MEme Linky Party because this is very Pin Worthy! I'm going to pin it now!

    Diana Rambles
    Bento Blog Network
    Link Rink

    1. Thanks for linking up. It's so adorable!! I'm following you on Pinterest now!

  4. Great tutorial, I have a few little girls that I would love to make this for. SO CUTE!

  5. too cute! I love the thought of using miscellaneous ribbons!

  6. Oh My Gosh! This is the cutest shirt ever. I wish my daughter was still young, I know she would have loved it!

    I am now following your blog and facebook!
    Cynthia at

  7. This is adorable. I've seen turkey shirts but none with ribbons for their feathers. I love it and have pinned it to share.

  8. Cute turkey!!! I love all the colorful ribbon you used. I'd love for you to share this and any other crafts at my linky party, Submarine Sunday. I hope you'll stop by!


    1. I linked up this posting. I also started to follow you and look forward to future postings. thanks, Beth

  9. so simple, so cute... so awesome!

    Thanks so much!

    hugs ~ Crystelle

  10. Super cute shirt! Definitely want to make these for my girls.

    To heat seal the ribbon, I use one of those lighters, not sure what they are called, but the long ones that you use for to light a grill or something. Anyway, just use that and put the blue part of the flame to the ends of your ribbons. It works great!

  11. So cute! I wonder if I could make it!

  12. This is absolutely adorable! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  13. LOVE IT!! This is so super cute. I'm going to have to make one of these for My Princess.

    My sister and I host a joint party and we'd love for you to join us. Remember, when you link up at one site, it shows up on both my blog and my sister's blog too...double exposure!!

  14. Your shirt turned out so cute! Love it!

  15. This turkey pattern is absolutely adorable! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  16. That's so cute especially with the name on there as well.

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday showcase.

  17. That turned out really cute! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  18. Oh yeah. That is adorable. I'm wondering who I could make one for. Thanks for sharing on BeColorful.

  19. that is very pretty indeed.. thanks for linking in :)

  20. So adorable!! The shirt looks great!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!

  21. Thank you for linking up last week. Your blog has been chosen as star blog for this week. CONGRATS (link will be live at 8PM EST tonight)

  22. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Really love this! I would love for you to add this, and more of your amazing activities, to my weekly Mom's Library Link-Up.

    Thanks and be blessed,

    1. I linked it up today and I will check it out again next week. thanks! Beth

  23. I just keep a lighter in my sewing room. When I go to use ribbon for anything just run the end of the ribbon across the flame and it keeps it from fraying. That way you don't have the mess.

  24. Congratulations. This is featured this week at Come on over and grab a featured button from the sidebar!

  25. Oh, I love this!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!


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