Pin the Tail on the Turkey Template and tutorial (free)

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!

Create your own Pin the Tail on the Turkey game with a free template and tutorial from FleeceFun.

YOU WILL NEED:

Please note that the paper you print the printable on will affect the color nicer paper ( i.e. more expensive paper) tends to yield better results.

Pin the Tail on the Turkey Template and tutorial:

Step 1 – Cut out all the needed Turkey Elements from the template

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 pin the tail on the Turkey Board Base

Let’s assemble the flannel board. 

Wrap the flannel around the front of the board to the back. Pulling it taught (a saggy flannel board won’t work!)

Cut the ribbon into 20 inch strips Line up on either side of what will be the top of the board

Quick Tip

Flannel can wrinkle easily so iron it before this step to get out any wrinkles!

Hot glue the edges down all around the sides and corners.

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. 

Quick 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 Turkey Elements into Place

Gather all of the cut felt pieces. 

Step 3: Glue the turkey elements into place using FleeceFun's free template and tutorial.

Set the feather pieces aside.

Gluing turkey elements into place for Pin the Tail on the Turkey with FleeceFun's free tutorial.

Layout the elements where they need to go ( the nice part is they will naturally “stick” into place so it make sit easy). 

Quick Tip

Use a ruler to help keep “Happy Thanksgiving” letter straight.

Free template and tutorial by FleeceFun: Glue the turkey elements into place for the game.

Using the tacky glue, take your time and glue down all the elements.

Glue the turkey elements into place for the game.

I like to dab dots on the back of each element.

Step 4 – Make the Turkey tail Feathers based on the template

This step is optional and there are a couple of different ways to do it.

Step 4: Make the turkey feathers following FleeceFun's free template and tutorial.

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.

Quick 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 Pin the Tail on the Turkey Patterns

By downloading you are agreeing to pattern terms of use. Click the picture of the pattern it will take you to the SVG file – then right click the picture and hit save to download the .svg!

Turkey Tails made for the game, pin the tail on the turkey, with different thanksgiving colors made with free SVGs and tutorial from fleecefun.com, with the text "CLICK TO GO TO DOWNLOAD" displayed at the bottom.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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