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Applique Turkey with Ribbons

 

Free project tutorial for a ribbon-tailed applique turkey.

Tail feathers are the pride of every tom turkey, and with this fun applique ribbon-tailed turkey, you'll create your own bright and festive turkey tail feathers!

Colorful ribbons and fabric of your choice make this applique turkey a whimsical decoration for T-shirts, bibs, table linens, towels, and wall hangings.

Read on for free instructions to make this fabulous holiday project!

 

Free project tutorial for an applique ribbon-tailed turkey.



 

Supplies Needed:

**A variety of ribbon, different colors, patterns, and widths

**Piece of fabric for the turkey's head (I used faux suede)

**Piece of fabric for the turkey's body (I used faux suede)

**A child's T-shirt


**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

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Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen

**Fabric glue (optional)


Designs Used:

I used the small size of the Whimsical Turkey (Applique) (Add Feathers). Choose your design size based on your project needs.

Finished Size: 7" wide by 6" high -- your finished turkey size will depend on the size of the design and the ribbons you use.

Special Project Notes:
If you are adding the ribbon-tailed turkey to a bib or child's garment, be sure the ribbons are sized so that small fingers or hands do not get stuck in them!
 


Free project tutorial for an applique ribbon-tailed turkey.
 

Free project tutorial for an applique ribbon-tailed turkey.
 

Free project tutorial for an applique ribbon-tailed turkey.

Free project tutorial for an applique ribbon-tailed turkey.


Choose the ribbon you will use on your applique turkey. Using f
abric glue or temporary spray adhesive (I used fabric glue), make loops with the ribbons. The average length of my longer ribbons was around 8" (then folded in half and adhered to the fabric, so they extend about 3 1/2" outside the applique fabric). My shorter ribbons are around 5" long.

For the patterned ribbons, I glued the front of one end of the ribbon to the front of the other end, so that the pattern was visible on both sides. You can see an example of this in the photo on the left.

After you have made your loops, position them behind the full-sized template so you can see how they will look on the turkey. Move them around until you like the way they look.
 



Free project tutorial for an applique ribbon-tailed turkey.
 

Spray the back side of the applique fabric shape with a bit of adhesive and attach your ribbon loops. You can also attach the ribbons with fabric glue (I used fabric glue). Use adhesive sparingly -- so that they are attached, but not so much that you can't remove the ribbons and rearrange them as you go.

Keep flipping the shape over to see how the ribbons are lining up. Repeat this process for the other applique fabric shape.


Free project tutorial for an applique ribbon-tailed turkey.
 


Free project tutorial for an applique ribbon-tailed turkey.
 

Attach the hoop to the machine and embroider the design. The first thing that sews is the turkey's feet. Next, the dieline for the turkey's body will stitch. After the turkey's body dieline has sewn, stop the machine.



Free project tutorial for an applique ribbon-tailed turkey.
 


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pray the back side of the body piece and the backs of the ribbons where they attach with another bit of adhesive, and place the fabric with the ribbons within the outline of the dieline.

You can use masking tape to hold the ribbons down, to make sure the embroidery foot does not get caught on them while the design is stitching.

Continue embroidering the design. The next thing that will sew is a zig-zag tack down.  This will bind the applique fabric to the garment.
 



Free project tutorial for an applique ribbon-tailed turkey.
 

Once the turkey's body has finished stitching, and the head dieline is stitched, spray the back of the head piece with a bit of temporary adhesive. Place the head with the ribbons attached onto the T-shirt within the outline of the dieline. Again, use masking tape to hold the ribbons out of the way. Continue embroidering the design.



Free project tutorial for an applique ribbon-tailed turkey.
 

Once the design has finished stitching, unhoop the T-shirt and remove the masking tape. Turn the shirt inside out and trim the stabilizer. I usually leave about an inch of stabilizer around the design.



Free project tutorial for an applique ribbon-tailed turkey.
 

Turn the shirt right-side out again, and your ribbon-tailed applique turkey is complete!


Free project tutorial for an applique ribbon-tailed turkey.
Dress up your holidays with an applique ribbon-tailed turkey! T-shirts, towels, and placemats will all be bright and festive with this fun decoration.

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