Personalized Turkey Aprons

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We have moved so many times over the past several years. For us, making a trip to visit family for Thanksgiving then another for Christmas was too much. That being said, our Thanksgiving “tradition” has changed every year. We often host friends or have been invited to feast with neighbors. The only thing that never changes, is my attempt to make something fun and unique for that year. Something my guests can take home if I host, or something I can give when we are the guests.
This year, I will be dining with my Nana and my Aunt Debbie’s family in West Virginia. We are all contributing to the meal, so I thought some personalized turkey aprons would be fun!

Aprons are super easy to make, however, not everyone enjoys sewing or wants to take the time to make an apron. For this apron project, I chose to buy a couple packs of the canvas aprons from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. These are found in the craft aisle.

Here is your supply list.

1-Canvas aprons

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2- Approximately 8×8 square of fabric (for feathered tail)

 

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3-Approximately 5×5 square of brown fabric (for brown body)

 

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4-Tiny black buttons (for eyes)

 

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5-Orange embroidery thread
6-*Optional-Heat transfer vinyl. I used this black glittery one from Cricut®.

 

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7-*Optional-Turkey print out for a guide. I googled a “turkey image,”  and then printed it and cut it out. I used that as my “pattern.”  Use the same image as your template for every apron.

 

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Tools-
1-Sewing machine (and of course, thread, needle, scissors.)
2-*Silhouette cutting machine (only if you are adding the personalization.)

 

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How to:

1- I used the turkey print out as my pattern. I need five aprons for my family, so I cut out five brown bodies and five tail feathers, using the patterned fabric for the tail.

2-I pinned the turkeys on the aprons and then sewed the feathers using the “13” setting on my Singer machine.

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I used black thread for the outside tail then went back using brown thread for the bodies.

 

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3- I used a marker to dot where the eyes and beak should go. I then simply added the eyes with a needle and thread. I stitched the beak with orange embroidery thread.

 

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*You are now finished with the apron. If  you want to add the names, follow the below steps.

Adding the names was pretty easy. The challenging part for me was finding the right setting on my Silhouette. I used the glitter vinyl heat transfer by Cricut®. Fortunately, my friend Kelly Hedgespeth from simplykellydesigns.com. is a Silhouette pro. She recommended using the “Heat Transfer Material Flocked”  setting. I used that setting, but did change the blade setting to a “5” rather then using what the  “Heat Transfer Material Flocked” setting suggested. It took several frustrating tries to find the right setting.  This setting and “5” blade were the perfect combo to cut through the vinyl completely but not penetrate the protective sheet.

So..the steps.

1-Set your Silhouette machine to the right setting.
2-Type the names you want and then hit “Mirror Right.” You want to be looking at the back- side of the names. That way when you print them out to iron them on, they look right side up.
3-Peel them off of your sheet.

 

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4-Place them on the aprons. (I used a ruler to make them straight. They had a tendency to curl a bit)

 

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5-Iron them on.

 

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I shared this idea on my “Living with Lindee” segment on “Daytime Blue Ridge.” Here is the clip.

Simple, cute, and fun! I found all of my supplies for this project at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

 

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American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10. www.DaytimeBlueRidge.com

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