This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cricut, the Pin the Tail on the Turkey Template and tutorial and options are my own. You have to love low tech classic games. I remember felt board from back in the day. They were fun, simple and anyone could make one! This Pin the Tail on the Turkey template and tutorial uses the old school concept of a felt board with a modern tech twist, using a Cricut Maker to cut out all the little felt pieces!For this project you will need:
a 20″ by 26″ inch rectangle of cream or white flannel
a 19″ by 30″ rectangle of white felt (for backing)
1 sheet of 12″ by 18″ of brown felt
10 sheets of 12″ by 18″ in various Fall/ Thanksgiving colors ( I love this collection here)
1/2 yard sew in interfacing (optional)
40″ of 2 inch ribbon
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Sewing Essentials (optional if sewing feathers)
Cricut Maker with rotary blade
Fleece Fun’s free template (available at the end of the post)
Pin the Tail on the Turkey Template and tutorial:
Step 1 – Cut out all the needed elements
Load the free SVG file into design space and cut out all the elements you need for the Pin the Tail on the Turkey game. Depending on the amount of colors you’re using/ or amount of feathers (it’s designed to make up to ten) you might need to change the color sync on some of the elements. You also can change things like have “Happy Thanksgiving” be one color instead of several.
Cut out all of the pieces needed.
Make sure that you have the Correct settings selected in Design Space for your Cricut Maker.
Cut out each color section
Gently remove the elements from the mat. (I love how perfect everything is!)
Once everything is cut out, be sure to place in a bag or safe spots since there are some tiny elements ( like the letters that you don’t want lost). Be sure to cut out the interfacing at this time if you plan on using it on the feathers.
Step 2 – Assemble the board base
Let’s assemble the flannel board. Tip: Flannel can wrinkle easily so iron it before this step to get out any wrinkles!. Wrap the flannel around the front of the board to the back. Pulling it taught (a saggy flannel board won’t work!)
Hot glue the edges down all around the sides and corners.
Now let’s all the ribbon Cut the ribbon into 20 inch strips Line up on either side of what will be the top of the board ( should be an 18″ side) and hot glue into place. Tip: I glued about 5 inches down to make it sturdy since kiddos were going to play with it.
To finish up the board base a large piece of felt is added to the back. Fold up the excess to form a pocket at the bottom ( opposite side of the ribbon) Glue the sides of the pocket into place ( this will be feather storage later) Glue the piece of felt down to the back along the edges to finish the back side of the board and cover the raw edges of the flannel
Step 3 – Glue the elements into place
Gather all of the cut felt pieces. Set the feather pieces aside.
Layout the elements where they need to go ( the nice part is they will naturally “stick” into place so it make sit easy). Tip: Use a ruler to help keep “Happy Thanksgiving” letter straight.
Using the tacky glue, take your time and glue down all the elements.
I like to dab dots on the back of each element.
Step 4 – Make the feathers
This step is optional and there are a couple of different ways to do it.
I wanted to make the feathers a little more sturdy so I sandwiched a piece a interfacing between two and sewed them together.
Or you can just leave the feathers as is. Tip: If you use the sew method, make sure the felt and interfacing a light or you might have trouble getting them to stick to the board.
Place the feathers in the pocket until play time. You just finished the Pin the Tail on the Turkey Template tutorial.
Download the free patterns!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
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- Give Thanks Platter Decor
- Gather Banner DIY (Free SVG Files)
- Giant Paper Sunflowers
- Free “Thankful” printable banner
- Pin the Tail on the turkey game DIY
- Thankful Apron Free Pattern
- Hostess Apron Tutorial
- Thankful for Cake Toppers
- Autumn Leaves Pillow
- Fall Topiary Trees Craft
- Thanksgiving Printable to frame
- See All of the Thanksgiving Projects Here
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