Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tom the Turkey Tutorial

Better late than never right?  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to be with family and friends. Our daughter Jocelyn came home from school for a week and it was so great having her here!
Ok, on to the Turkey. The director at my school showed me a photo and asked me if I could make something like it. This is what I came up with. I made two, one for each classroom.  It helps children with their matching skills and with fine motor skills.


  • Felt - I used tan and primary colors 
  • Buttons to match the feathers
  • Interfacing - I used interfacing in the body and the feathers to make them a bit more sturdy.
  • Googly eye buttons
1.  Take a dinner plate, trace the shape onto the felt, and cut them out. Do the same for the interfacing.
2.  Use paper to figure out the size you want for your feathers. I was able to get two of the same color feathers from one 8x10 piece of felt. If you are using interfacing, cut that a little bit smaller than the feathers and sew the feathers together making a sandwich of felt, interfacing, felt. Make a button hole in each feather according to the size button you chose.  I also stitched one line up the feather.
3.  Next make the 'head'. Two options here.  I cut an additional piece of tan and sewed it on with a zig-zag stitch. After the fact I looked at it and saw that I could of just zig-zagged the lines on the circle of tan.. Then my husband suggested adding some fiberfill so his head 'popped' up. Cool!  Then I made his waddle and beak. I did all this with out the back on.
4.  Cut out his little feet and pin in place.
5.  Pin the back on and sew around the whole thing.  
6.  Sew the buttons on and you're done!

 Here is a picture of one of the students using Tom the Turkey!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My Bucket List...

These might be strange 'bucket list' items as some of them are things I can't do on my own but here goes!

1.    Be a grandma. (When my kids are ready for it...)
2.    Pass all my college classes especially algebra.
3.    Go to Ireland with my family.
4.    Remodel my kitchen and pay someone to finish the               walls.
5.    Learn to quilt well including free motion stitching!
6.    Learn to paint with watercolors.
7.    Take a decent vacation every year that doesn't include          camping in the rain.
8.    Be able to run a 5K the whole way - no walking!
9.    See the Grand Canyon.
10.  Go on mission trips with my husband.  
11.  See each of my children have a relationship with the               Lord. 
12.  See each of my children happily married.
13.  Learn how to use my treadle machine.
14.  Learn how to bake/cook decent gluten free foods.
15.  Learn how to take decent pictures for my blog.
16.  I would like to be kidney stone free.

Thanks for reading.  If you want to play along and enter this contest, please do!