Sunday, November 7, 2010

Shiny, Happy Pilgrims

After sewing all week, I needed something other than sewing to work on. This did it!    Pilgrims 20 
This is my annual Thanksgiving craft. I tend to make these about 10 at a time because they are pretty quick and make a great gift. Pilgrims 18
I think the teachers at my daughters’ school basically expect this when they have one of my girls in their classes. A little pressure for me, but…

The best was the year the girls were in Kindergarten. They had the same teacher but one went in the morning and one went in the afternoon. One daughter took the boy pilgrim and one took the girl pilgrim so I only had to make one set for the teacher, but managed to make it into 2 gifts. No such luck in subsequent years!
Pilgrims 26Materials:
1/2 inch wood
sand paper
Pilgrim pattern (HERE)
Paint (black, off-white or cream, pink, dark yellow, brown, flesh)
small paint brush
Silver Sharpie marker
Ultra fine point black Sharpie pen
cotton swabs (Q-tips)
Mod Podge – glossy
1/8 inch (3mm) black satin ribbon
hot glue gun
Trace pattern onto wood. Cut out with a scroll saw. Sand the edges smooth.
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Use a pencil to lightly draw the inside lines from the pattern (the collars, faces, hats and cuffs). Paint the face and hands with the flesh colored paint. Be sure to paint the whole hand on the sides and back as well. Let dry completely.
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Paint the collar, girl’s cap and cuffs with off-white. Paint the cap and cuffs on the sides and back. Let dry completely.
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Paint everything else black including the back and the bottom. Let dry completely.
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Use a black ultra fine point Sharpie to draw in the stitching lines for the collars, cap and cuffs. I also drew lines with dots around the face to help it stand it a bit.
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Use a Q-tip to dab a tiny bit of watered down pink paint on the face to make cheeks. You may have to pat some of the paint off after that, too.
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Use the silver Sharpie marker to draw the hat band.
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On the boy Pilgrim, use the tip of the paint brush (not the brush end) dipped in paint to make a dot on each cuff for a button.
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Using the same method, make the eyes.
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Use the ultra fine point black Sharpie pen to draw a smile shape. (You can add a nose, too, but I rarely do noses.) Add a little hair around the top of the cap using brown paint.
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Cover the whole thing in Mod Podge to protect it. I like to use the glossy kind. You could also distress your wood and then coat it in glossy or matte Mod Podge. This, surprisingly, is one project I like glossy and clean looking. I think it fits with my image of a prim and proper Pilgrim.

NOTE: Do not spray with a clear sealer--I’ve used this in the past—because it will smear the Sharpie. Stick with Mod Podge and you will be fine.

Make a tiny bow with the black ribbon and hot glue to the collar of each pilgrim.

You are done!
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Now you have a darling little set of pilgrims to gift or display!
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You can see why it is my favorite little Thanksgiving craft
and why I make more sets every year!
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Don't you love them?

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GoddessMychele,  said... November 8, 2010 at 1:54 PM  

That's a GREAT tutorial!!! Thank you so much for sharing it!!! They are adorable!

Anonymous,  said... November 8, 2010 at 2:56 PM  

Those are adorable so no wonder the teacher like them every year. Thanks for the tip about the mod podge. Yep, here's another person who has ruined projects with Sharpie marks by using a sealer. I'll have to remember to try your Modge Podge idea next time.

Katherine,  said... November 8, 2010 at 8:30 PM  

Excellent tutorial. Just love the little pink cheeks & smiles! Very cute! Would love for you to link this up to my Holiday Hookup tomorrow!

Mariah,  said... November 8, 2010 at 11:05 PM  

Love your pilgrims!

Michelle,  said... November 8, 2010 at 11:41 PM  

Wow those are soo cute!! If you want you could make me a set, while your at it. Haha.

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Unknown,  said... November 9, 2010 at 6:32 AM  

Wow! I LOVE them! Your pilgrims are too adorable! Hope you will link them up to my Pink Hippo Party @

Army Wife Quilter,  said... November 9, 2010 at 10:08 AM  

tammy those are so cute. I am not a painter but these dont look to hard. thanks for all your tutorials they are alway great.

Trails of Grace,  said... November 10, 2010 at 8:23 AM  

Coming over from Tea Rose Home, LOVE this project, such a great clear tutorial.

DANA,  said... November 10, 2010 at 2:05 PM  

That is awesome! I would love for you to come link that in my Strut Your Stuff Party!

Anonymous,  said... November 10, 2010 at 3:52 PM  

First of all these are just too cute, and second of all, I'm quite impressed that you're using power tools! I keep hoping for that myself!
wow, to be able to cut any shape out of wood? Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful tutorial and project on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to see you!

Julia,  said... November 10, 2010 at 11:07 PM  

I adore this! I have been wanting a jig saw for so long so I can do projects like this. But it freaks my husband out to see me with power tools. He thinks Im going to accidentally kill myself... He's probably right.
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Unknown,  said... November 11, 2010 at 5:57 AM  

I want to make some of these. THey are adorable. I am highlighting this at Grab myk "featured" button.

Nancy,  said... November 12, 2010 at 3:09 AM  

You always have the cutest projects!!! Ummm can I pretend to be a teacher for a day?

Shannon,  said... November 12, 2010 at 3:45 PM  

Aww! How adorable!

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Ashlee Marie,  said... November 15, 2010 at 4:53 AM  

these are SOOOOO cute! just adorable! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Linda@Coastal Charm,  said... November 15, 2010 at 5:57 PM  

Yes...I do love them...I see why the teachers hope to receive them!


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Amanda,  said... November 15, 2010 at 9:31 PM  

Thanks so much for sharing these cute pilgrims. I cut out 2 sets this weekend and will get them painted tonight after my kids go to bed. I'm so excited.

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming,  said... November 17, 2010 at 6:37 PM  

Hi Tammy, these are both so cute! TFS the pattern. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today - Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

lovetheday,  said... November 19, 2010 at 1:09 PM  

Oh my goodness!! These are my mom's pattern from back in the 90's. So fun to see them alive and well.

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy,  said... November 23, 2010 at 4:14 PM  

It's official--I need a saw!! These are just perfect for Thanksgiving!!


sue,  said... December 5, 2010 at 9:28 PM  

DO you have any cute ideas for wood trees or presents

Kaylyn Reed,  said... November 14, 2013 at 12:54 PM  

These pilgrims are adorable!! I am also SEARCHING for an indian set. Seems impossible to find. If you have a pattern and would like to share, I would be SO appreciative. Or, if you know of a link to a pattern, or even unfinished wooden indians, that would be so great. Thanks for sharing!!

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