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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that all of you are able to share this special day with your loved ones. I am thankful for so many things. My husband, my children, our health, our home, etc. I am also thankful that in this past year I have really been able to devote more time to crafting and sewing. It really makes me happy and I really enjoy doing something that I like. I’m thankful to have a husband who gets that and gives me the time to sew.
I have a fun little turkey shirt project to share with you today.
Isn’t it cute?
There are two different ways to approach this project. Depending on how old your children are and how much involvement you want them to have.
For the big kids. Paint their palms and thumb brown and have them place their hand in the center of the shirt. Allow this part to dry. Then paint each finger a different color and place their hand on the original print. We did one finger at a time with dry time in between. I suppose that you could paint the whole hand at once but I was afraid that the paint might dry on their hand before they could make the print on the shirt.
For the little kids. Trace their hand onto freezer paper. Cut out the handprint with an exacto knife. Iron the freezer paper with the waxy side down onto the shirt and paint the turkey.
Next choose the message that you would like to appear on the shirt and print it onto freezer paper. If you don’t want to print directly onto the freezer paper you could print onto regular paper and then lay the freezer paper on top and trace the lettering.
Cut the message out using an exacto knife.
Iron the freezer paper onto the shirt waxy side down. Don’t forget to save the centers of the a, o, e, etc. as you will need to iron those on as well.
Paint a couple of coats with dry time in between. Allow plenty of dry time on the final coat and then rip off the freezer paper.
Important! At this stage, place a piece of material over your painted areas and iron to heat set. I forgot to do this step before I added the eye, beak and legs with the slick paint and it made it really difficult to iron the turkey. Slick paint does not hold up well to ironing.
After you have ironed, go ahead and add an eye, a beak, a waddle and some legs. I used Tulip Slick paints.
That’s it! Super cute turkey shirts!