As we prepare for the holidays, one of the very first things that comes to mind is preparing our home. Our chairs are so very often overlooked and neglected. This Turkey chair cover is the perfect craft to dress up your chairs this Thanksgiving. This is a fun and simple craft, and very inexpensive. Your dining room will look elegant and festive with these adorable chair covers.
The supplies you will need are several slipcovers ( one for each chair, of course). I suggest using older slipcovers, or purchasing them at a thrift shop. Many caterers sell their older slip covers very inexpensively. I have included some website links as well, where you may purchase attractive inexpensive slipcovers. You will need about 7 pieces of felt per slip cover in browns and reds, though of course you may desire other colors for the turkey’s plumage, or to accent your decor. You will also need a glue gun and several glue sticks ( both of which can usually be purchased at Dollar Tree), scissors, and gold embroidery thread, and an appropriately sized needle. I also suggest a gold Sharpie, or similar marker, but this is optional.
First we will prepare the slipcovers for the chairs at the head and foot of the table. These will have a large sized turkey on the back. To begin choose several felt pieces which will be “feathers”. I prefer a dark brown. Begin tracing a feather shape, keeping in mind that we want these to be large, but scale to our chair backs. I am usually able to cut out two feathers for each large piece of felt. You should have between 4 and 6 feathers. When you have cut them out you may want to use your gold Sharpie to decorate your feathers, perhaps with a long vertical line, and a few horizontal lines to accent. Next you will want a large piece of reddish brown for your turkeys neck and head. begin to trace a head and neck shape, broadening at the bottom of the neck slightly. Once you have cut out your two head and and neck shapes, lay them flat, and set aside. Next cut out a small orange triangle of felt for the beak, then trace and cut a an elongated curvy piece of red felt for the comb. Attach these to the head and neck pieces using your hot glue gun. You may want to use a piece of sequin for the eye, or draw one in using your Sharpie. A button will serve quite nicely, as well. Next begin arranging you feathers on the slipcover in an open array of plumage. When you are satisfied with appearance attach them using the glue gun. Next sew around the feathers using gold embroidery thread. Now attach the head piece using first the glue gun, and the when it dries with the gold embroidery thread, around the edges. Now you have a beautiful turkey slip cover for the chairs at the head and foot of the table which can be used for years to come.
Now we move on to the slipcovers for the other chairs,and this is perhaps the most fun. Using felt of colors which will match the colors in your large turkeys plumage, begin tracing hand prints. I used my children’s hand prints, and suggest that you use your children, or grandchildren’s hand prints as well. After you have raced the childrens handprints, use the gold Sharpie to draw feathers in each of the four fingers. Next attach a small bead, or draw on an eye. Cut a small pair of feet for each turkey from orange felt, as well as tiny beaks. Cut a small red comb for each turkey from the red felt next. Begin to assemble each of these small turkeys. Write the name of the child who make the hand shape, as well as the year, in each pair of feet. Affix four or five small turkeys to each slipcover, depending on your preference with the glue gun. Sew around each in the decorative gold embroidery thread. Voila! Easy, and beautiful slipcovers, which you can use for years to come. I suggest adding a turkey with the birth of any future children or grandchildren.