turkey placemat tutorial

*PATTERNS (click to download)
*thread – dark brown, light brown, red, orange, black, invisible (clear)
*fabric – (100% cotton fabric works best) multiple scraps for feathers, scraps for facial features, tan for body (6 x 12 inches), tan for wings (12 x 12 inches), fabric for backings (3/4 yard)
*low loft batting *1/4 yard double-sided paper backed fusible webbing (Heat ‘N Bond Lite)
*lightweight iron-on stabilizer for applique (6 x 12 inches)
*straight pins
Instructions: Preparing your pattern and cutting the pieces Print out pattern pieces. Each page a small scale showing one inch so you can check to make sure the page is printing the right size. Be sure to chose “None” at the Page Scaling section. Cut the eyes, beak, wattle and body on the lines. Cut around the wings, feathers and center section so you can separate these pieces from each other. Put the backing pieces together by connecting the pages (tape them together) as you match the stars and letters together. It is a bit confusing, but very do-able! Start with the small backing piece which is only 2 pages. The large piece is made out of 4 pages. Tape together really well. Each backing piece is only half of the pattern. Fold your fabric in half (right sides together or wrong sides together) and place the side labeled “Place on fold” along the folded edge. Cut out the pattern piece and the fabric. Do this once for the small backing piece and 2 times for the large backing piece. This is what you should have when you are done cutting your backing pieces:

Using your pattern pieces as a guide for the size, cut out fabric rectangles for the turkey body, beak, eyes, and wattle. Do not cut the shapes out of your fabric yet.Adhere the double-sided fusible webbing to the wrong side of the fabric pieces according to the manufacturer’s directions. Trace the pattern pieces onto the paper.Cut out the body parts and set aside.With right sides together of the wing fabric, cut out 2 wings at a time. Repeat so you have 4 wing pieces.Use the pattern pieces to cut out the feathers and center piece. It is very important to keep them in the right order with the top of each feather at the top and the left and right sides correct. You will cut the left feathers with the pattern piece facing up and then flip it horizontally (writing is facing down but the top of the piece is still at the top) to cut the right side feathers. I laid my feathers in order—from 1 to 3 which is from the bottom towards the center on each side–as I cut them out so they didn’t get mixed up. If you are cutting feathers for more than one placemat at a time, this gets a little confusing so be sure to match them up to the pattern pieces to check for correct order and placement.Cut a piece of batting in the rough shape of the large backing piece. It does not have to be exact, but be sure it is not smaller than the backing piece. Cut a piece of stabilizer a little larger than the turkey body. I just cut a rectangle and trimmed it when I was done. Some people do not use this because you are already using fusible webbing, but I swear by this step. It really helps a lot! Sewing the feathers Using 1/4 inch seams, sew the feathers together one at a time. I have found that it is easiest to flip the lowest feather over the next one (right sides together). Sew these two together. Open the feathers you just sewed and place them back in order. Then flip them back up and “grab” the next feather the same way you did the first. Sew these two together. Do not worry about the points being longer on some feather than others. It all works out. This method seems a little uptight and crazy, but it is really easy to get the feathers all mixed up and then they don’t fit together properly. I have found that this is an easy way to get them sewn together the right way. When you get to the center feather/section (which really doesn’t show so it doesn’t matter what color your fabric is), you will need to sew it along the length to the preceding feather. Then the little point at the bottom left will be sewn to the protruding tip of the second left-side feather. Add the next feather (right side) by sewing it to the length of the center section. Sew the center right side feather to the previous one and then sew the protruding tip of this feather to the little edge of the center section. This sounds a little confusing, but it makes sense as you are sewing. The whole thing fits together like a little puzzle. When your feathers are sewn, the bottom center of each side will be open. Lay one side over the other. This will not show. You could also sew these sections together in the center, but it really won’t matter. Iron the seams open and clip if necessary. It tends to get a little thick where the points meet and clipping will help everything to lay flat.