Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Every little girl wants to dress to impress over the holdiays, and this Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial will do just that! With our tutorial and beautiful fabrics, there is no limit on the cuteness you can create! Read more to see the instructions.


Hi there! I’m Sarah and I blog over at This Crazy, Blessed Life. My blog is a snapshot at our life – sharing family photos and stories, whatever project I’m currently working on, and writing whatever is on my heart. I’m a newly stay-at-home mom juggling making time for my faith, hubby, three kids, and whatever else I add to my plate!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year! I love the yummy food, delicious desserts, and, of course, quality time with family. And what best represents Thanksgiving? TURKEY!

~ Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial ~

I’m going to walk you through how to make this custom outfit yourself!

You’ll need:

7 fat quarters
shirt
piece of elastic {mine was 1″}
matching thread
fusible web {I like Heat N Bond Lite}
turkey pattern {download here}

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

{my fabric choices were Raspberry Medallion in Zoe for Studio E, Yellow Seedling Star in Garden-Go-Round by Studio E, Green Swirls in Good Life for Riley Blake, Orange Essential Dots, Slate Josephine’s Bouquet in Cameo for Free Spirit, Coral Vintage Ironwork in Sunset Garden for Michael Miller, and Brown Circles in Decadence for Riley Blake, in order}

Let’s start with the shirt!

Download and print the pattern piece HERE.

Trace the pattern pieces onto the paper side of your fusible web. Cut out roughly around the edges leaving a little room to cut the actual piece later.

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Iron onto the wrong side of your fabric following the instructions with your fusing product.

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Now, cut the pieces out on your pattern lines. Peel off the paper on the backs and begin to arrange the pieces on the shirt and iron down each layer as you go.

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Machine stitch 1/8″ from the edge of each piece of the turkey.

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Pull the loose threads to the inside of the shirt and tie them off to prevent unraveling.

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

All done with the Turkey Applique Shirt!

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

For other fun appliqués, check out my tutorials.

Now onto the skirt!

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

You will need a few measurements and a little bit of math, but I’ll walk you through it!

First you will need a waist measurement. My 5 year old daughter’s was 19,” but she’s a peanut for her age. The other measurement that you’ll need is skirt length. I measured one of her skirts that hits an inch or so above the knee. I used 10.”

To calculate the radius to draft your pattern, you’ll need some math :) {Fun Fact: I was a math minor in college… too bad I had to google my equations for this pattern!}

Circumference = 2*pi*radius
{or}
Radius = Circumference/2*pi

The Circumference is your waist measurement + 2 inches to allow for some gathering in the waist. For me:

Radius = 21/6.28 = 3.34″

Grab a large piece of paper {or several letter sized pieces taped together}. Start from the top left corner and measure and mark several spots 3.34″ from the corner. Since my ruler wasn’t very precise, I just marked mine at 3.25.” Connect the lines to create a semi-circle. If you have a compass, you could use that much easier. :)

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Now to figure out the radius of the bottom curve, add your skirt length to the radius of the top circle.

Waist Radius + Skirt Length = Bottom Hem Radius

For me:

3.25 + 10 = 13.25

Measure 13.25″ from the top left corner and connect the dots again. This makes a pattern piece for one quarter of the skirt. If you are making a regular circle skirt with one solid piece of fabric, check out this tutorial.

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I wanted to piece together my six fabrics used for the turkey feathers to make the skirt. So I needed a piece for 1/6th of a circle. To do this, I needed to make a piece that was 2/3rds of this piece.

Using your ruler, draw a line from one end of the arc to the other and measure it’s length. Divide that measurement by 3. {For me, 4.67″/3 = 1.55ish inches}. Split your line into thirds.

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Do the same with the bottom arc. {For me, 18.75″/3 = 6.25″}

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

You should have two marks on each line that divides the lines into thirds. Using your ruler, draw a line from the top left corner through the second mark in both of your lines.

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Cut along this line and along the arcs to create your pattern piece for 1/6th of the skirt. Use this piece to cut out one piece from each fabric.

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

With right sides together, sew the pieces together to create a solid circle. Either serge or zig zag the unfinished edge of each seam to prevent the fabric from unraveling.

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Once finished, serge or zig zag the top and bottom of the skirt.

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

At this point, you can finish the bottom hem as you choose. I left the edge zig zagged and slightly frayed to give a more rustic look. You can also iron under and hem the edge or add biased tape.

Next, cut your piece of elastic. You will want a little room, so add 1 inch to your waist measurement. I cut my piece 20.” Sew the ends of the elastic together to create a circle waistband.

To pin your elastic to the skirt evenly, start by folding the elastic in half and the skirt in half and pinning the ends together.

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Next, fold evenly the other way and pin the skirt in 4 places total. Do it once more for the skirt to be pinned in 8 places.

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

To make sure the skirt gathers evenly when sewing the waistband on, hold the elastic at two adjacent pins and stretch it to the same length as the section of skirt that you are sewing. Continue to do this until the waistband is sewn on.

Next, stick it on your girl and let her twirl!!

Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial - Super cute just in time for Thanksgiving! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I’d love for you to come check out This Crazy Blessed Life!  You can also follow on Facebook!

Thanks!
Sarah


Thank you so much Sarah for this adorable outfit!! If you haven’t made anything yet for your girl(s), this Turkey Applique Shirt and Skirt Tutorial is a must-do! I would even go as far as to say in these exact fabrics! Sarah has fantastic taste in color coordinating beautiful fabrics. :)

The Ribbon Retreat, of course, has tons more fabric choices and they are all waiting for you to browse them. Make sure to check out our new fabric and clearance selection while you are looking.

To see more fun ideas from recipes, kids, and tutorials, check out This Crazy, Blessed Life. I love it and I know you will too! Stop by and say hi to Sarah!

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Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor

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3 Comments

  1. Posted November 6, 2012 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    How adorable!! I made my daughter a turkey onesie a few years ago but she definitely needs one of these! Thanks for doing the math for the circle skirt in sixths- you saved my brain from extra work. :)

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      Emily, let us know if you make one and post it on your blog! I would love to see what you do with it. Your little girl is adorable! – Shirley :)

  2. Crazy Blessed Life
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Hi Emily!!

    So glad you like it! It took me a little bit, but I finally figured an easy way to make that pattern piece :)

    Sarah @ This Crazy Blessed Life

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