I made an ear flap hat today, using the pattern from Amy Karol's mailorder #4. I can already see a few changes that I want to make. It's too small for Brian, which probably means the pattern will be too small for my dad, as well, so I'll have to make it bigger and I think I want to make the bill smaller and perhaps add some interfacing so it can stick out like a real bill. My dad is allergic to wool, so his hat will be fleece and flannel, instead of wool and flannel. Hopefully trying this one on so I can see how I need to adjust the fit wont make him break out in hives.
It's a good thing my head is smaller and it looks cute on me. I'd hate to have it go to waste. Other than hat sewing, I did laundry and worked on the project I'm going to do with the kids tomorrow at Story Hour. It turned out pretty cute and is really easy, especially if you take the time to cut stuff out ahead of time -- I have to do this, because my 4 year olds aren't the most deft with the scissors. You could always have older kids help the younger, too.
1. Use an old paper egg carton to make the bodies. Cut up the egg carton into it's individual cups and then paint them brown, inside and out. I prepared this step for my kids, to cut down on the mess, but you can let the kids paint the cups themselves also.
2. Cut out an oblong shape out of brown felt to serve as the turkey head and tear drop shapes to serve as the wings. These will be glued onto the egg carton cup after the paint is dry.
I stitched two pieces of felt together to make the head more sturdy, but you could also use the felt with the sticky back and just stick two pieces together.
3. Gather up a bunch of fun feathers to use for the tail. I like using these brightly colored ones, to give a little punch to all the brown.
Use a really small paper punch or a nail to pop a few holes into the back of the turkey. Make sure these holes are smaller in diameter than the shaft of your feathers, so the feathers are held tightly. Insert one feather into each hole. I used six feathers, so I made six holes in two rows.
4. Bend an orange pipe cleaner into a foot and make it a mate out of another pipe cleaner. Trim them to the proper size and then punch two small holes into the egg cup to insert the leg ends into. I used a really small paper punch, but a nail would work too. Then, insert the top of each leg into it's own hole and fold the top up into the cup to secure it.
5. Add a few googley eyes, a beak and a waddle and you're done! The face can be glued on or stitched on if you have older kids. I just glued mine.
There you have it! A pretty cute and easy project to keep kids busy on Thanksgiving! If you make any, please let me know. I'd love to see them!