Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Gobble, gobble!

The other day we were making turkeys and those cute little hand prints reminded me that I wanted to make a turkey table runner (adding new hand prints every year) for Thanksgiving. 

I found a piece of fabric (left over from our wedding) long enough to make a runner and put the first two hand prints on it. I won't be hosting Thanksgiving dinner for many, many years, so I didn't bother finishing the runner yet (it will probably be tucked away only taking it out to add new hand prints each year until it's needed), but as long as I was painting hands and cleaning up messes I figured we'd get a couple bonus potholders out of the deal to give to those who will be hosting Thanksgiving this year.

Luckily I had some leftover fabric paint from the reindeer shirt Abe and I made a couple years ago. I brushed brown paint on Abe and Edie's hands and helped them firmly press down on my 8 inch square of fabric. Then we added the "waddle" by dipping their fingers in a little red fabric paint, and used a dot of black paint for the eyes. I used fabric markers to add the feet, beak, and message, but if you have the right colors, those could be added with fabric paint too.

I cut a 9 inch square from the Christmas-y fabric I used to make our tree skirt, and layered that (right side out) under a square of batting with my turkey square on top (also right side out). Then I folded the edges of my Christmas fabric over twice so that it overlapped the edge of my turkey square, and stitched all the way around the square. I figure the Christmas-y edge is neutral enough (no Santas or reindeer or anything that shouts "Christmas!") to make it fit in with Thanksgiving Day decor, but the potholder can be flipped over to be used as a Christmas hot pad as well. Two birds, one potholder. ;-)

Hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving! 


  1. I love this kind of keepsake that you can enjoy year after year! I'll be sharing it soon on The Crafty Crow :)