Saturday, October 27, 2012

Thanksgiving turkey silverware pocket




This silverware pocket is quick to make, and will add a decorative touch to your holiday table.  In addition, it’s an easy and fun craft for the kids.  The supplies are inexpensive and readily available at craft stores.

You will need:

Embossed or regular 12 x 9 inch felt (I used embossed)

Package of foam turkey stickers (48 came in my pack)

Brown, tan and orange feathers

Striped orange chenille stem (you may substitute any color if desired)

Tacky Craft glue

Scissors

Ruler

White colored pencil to mark on dark felt

Cardboard

Scraps of decorative trim in matching shade

Clothespins for holding till the glue sets



1.     Prepare the turkeys.  Remove the paper backing from the turkey and attach three feathers, fanning out.  Trim the feathers to the desired size if necessary




2.     Cut a chenille stem 2.”  Bend it in half and then and bend each end upward. (Legs made, see photo) Attach the legs to the center back of the turkeys with some tacky glue. 






3.     Make the felt pockets.  Felt comes in 12 x 9 sections.  Each section will make two silverware pockets.  Cut the felt to 10” x 9.” Measure and cut two rectangles 4 ½” x 5.”  Fold each 4 ½” x 5” rectangle in half lengthwise.





4.     Measure and mark 1” from the folded bottom and 1” from the side.  Meet the lines and cut on a diagonal.  Repeat on the other side.  (See photo)




5.     Open the sections and run a bead of tacky glue on the inside all around leaving the top unglued.  (See photo)  Press together and secure with clothespins until the glue sets. Let dry. Cut a piece of matching decorative trim 4 ½” and glue to the top edge.  Center a prepared turkey on the pocket bottom and attach with some tacky glue.  Let dry.







6.      Cut a piece of cardboard 3 ½” x 3 ½” and insert in the pocket for added firmness.  Add your silverware in each pocket and enjoy.