This Thanksgiving craft turns a handprint keepsake into a beautiful and fun Thanksgiving decoration.
Create a handprint turkey chair cover for each member of your family using his or her handprint. I guarantee that this Thanksgiving craft will be a family favorite for years to come.
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Note: If you made the Halloween ghost chair covers, you can remove the ghost features and replace them with the handprint turkey. No need to remake the chair covers, as long as you used Velcro to attach the ghost features, as suggested.
- Scissors and/or a rotary cutter
- Cutting Mat (if using a rotary cutter)
- Straight Edge (I used a large t-square)
- Measuring Tape
- Straight Pins
- Pressing Cloth (I used a tea towel)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Heavy-duty iron-on adhesive (such as Stitch-Witchery or Heat Bond) and/or heat-activated fabric glue
Additional Supplies for Chair Covers
- White Felt (amount will depend on the size and number of the chairs you want to cover)
Additional Supplies for Handprint Turkey
- Brown Felt (big enough for handprints – I recommend purchasing felt on the bolt for this)
- Gold (or yellow) and red craft felt (sold in sheets or packs)
- 4 or more sheets of craft felt in your colors of choice (sold in sheets or packs)
- Googly eye
- Printer paper
- Roll of craft paper (or wrapping paper with a white back)
- Homemade projector
Measure and cut fabric
- Determine how long you want the back of your chair cover to be. (I like the back of the cover to end just below the seat brace.)
- Length: Run the measuring tape from the seat of the chair, over the top and down the back to the spot where you want the chair back cover to end. This measurement determines how long your fabric needs to be.
- Width: Measure the width of your chair back at the widest point. Add 2 inches (1 inch per side) to leave room for the iron-on adhesive, and to ensure that the cover isn’t too tight.
- Cut your fabric using the length and width measurements from steps 2 and 3.
Iron seams using iron-on adhesive
- Place the fabric over the chair, with the front resting just on the seat of the chair, and then pin the sides of the fabric.
- Pull the pinned fabric off of the chair and head to the ironing board.
- Follow the instructions on your iron-on adhesive package to create your no-sew seams (using a damp pressing cloth makes it much easier).
- When the seams are done, turn the fabric right-side out. Be sure to push out both top corners.
- Because the back is longer, you will notice that the bottom of the chair back cover is now wider than the rest of it. You have several choices on how to deal with this:
- Leave it as is
- Cut away the extra fabric (making sure that both sides are symmetrical and straight)
- Fold the wider edge in, lining it up with the seam, and then use iron-on adhesive to secure it. (I chose this option.)
Create handprint pattern
- Trace your child’s hand on a white piece of printer paper.
- Take a picture of the hand with your tablet. Or take a picture of the handprint and copy it to your tablet or laptop computer.
- Using your Homemade projector, project the image onto the wall and trace it large enough to fit your chair cover.
Cut out the handprint turkey
- Cut the traced handprint out to use as a pattern.
- Pin the handprint to your brown felt, and then cut around it.
- Cut 4 rectangles of your colored-felt long, each one long enough and wide enough to cover one of the fingers.
- Pin one rectangle to each finger of the brown felt hand, and then cut away the excess colored felt using the brown felt finger as your guide.
- Cut a beak and feet out of gold (or yellow) felt.
- Cut a waddle out of red felt.
Assemble the handprint turkey
- Using iron-on adhesive or heat-activated fabric glue, attach the colorful felt fingers, beak, waddle and feet to the brown felt hand.When using iron-on adhesive or heat-activated fabric glue, place a damp pressing cloth between the iron and your fabric. I like to use a white tea towel.
- Turn the handprint turkey over, and attach small pieces of the hook (hard) side of Velcro to the back using the iron-on adhesive or heat-activated fabric glue.
- Using the hot glue gun, attach the googly eye to the thumb (head) of the turkey.
- Stick the handprint turkey directly onto your chair cover.It is a good idea to do this when the cover is already on the chair so that you get the turkey exactly where you want it.Using Velcro allows you use your chair cover for other holidays or seasons.
Whose handprints would you use to make handprint turkey chair covers?