Turkey Buttoning & Color Match!

I found this super cute Thanksgiving turkey idea on My Montessori Journey and had to try it myself! Now, I’d just like to say that I am NO sewer! So please, if you click on the thumbnail, do NOT judge my crazy stitching skills! But I will attempt to explain how to make this adorable little turkey! It only took me about 45 minutes!

Click here to download a rough template for my felt turkey!

6 different colors of felt (for the feathers, you’ll need orange and red for the nose and wattle)
6 different colored buttons to match your felt selection
1 piece brown felt
1 piece light brown/tan felt
2 google eyes
Felt sticky letters (If you want to make the feathers say ‘thanks’)
Cotton pillow stuffing to give him some ‘puff’ (that’s a technical term only sewers would understand)
Needle and Thread
Pinking sheers or scissors


  • Cut out the shapes from my template, and trace them onto the felt pieces as indicated:
  • 2 large circles for the front and back of the body (I used the brown for the front, and an orange piece for the back just to save on felt)
  • Cut 6 feathers from various colors of felt (I used pinking sheers just to make them cuter)
  • Cut 1 nose from the orange piece
  • Cut 1 wattle from the red piece
  • Cut 1 head from the tan piece

Now, like I said I’m not a sewer and looking back I could’ve used fabric glue, but ya, hindsight! Anyway, here’s what I did:

  • Sew the wattle onto the head piece.
  • Sew the nose (slightly overlapping the waddle) onto the head.
  • Sew the head onto the front body piece
  • Sew all 6 buttons onto the front body piece
  • Sew the front body piece onto the back body piece leaving a small gap to fill with pillow stuffing before finishing stitching
  • Cut a small slit into the bottom of each feather piece to fit the size of button you chose.
  • Stick on foam letters to top of feathers.
  • Stick on 2 google eyes to the head

Give to toddler and let them practice buttoning, color matching, and giving thanks!


  • One Little, Two Little November 16, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Very cute! Thanks for sharing!

  • Counting Coconuts November 17, 2009 at 4:53 am

    I made one of these a couple of weeks ago and you're right, fabric glue would've been helpful! Ha!http://countingcoconuts.blogspot.com/2009/11/button-turkey.html

  • Ticia November 17, 2009 at 6:15 am

    I saw this on One Quick Project too. I so want to run out and get some random felt colors. I wish I had time to do so this week.

  • Crystal November 17, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Very cute. I hope to get to it this week.

  • ByHISgoodGrace November 21, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    This is so adorable and you did a wonderful job! I'd love to do this with my little one.I have to thank you. I searched for you (your blog) this week for some preschool helps for my little guy. I was able to find some alphabet items and created some activities for us!

  • Katie's Nesting Spot November 30, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Well I am going to have to start reading that blog more often, because someone else also made a version of that turkey and it is so darn stinkin' cute!

  • Brandi October 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    That is so cute! I think I may have to make one! Looks super easy! 🙂

  • Jennifer November 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Guess what I'm making this weekend!

  • Just another survivor November 13, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Very cute! I was looking for some easy turkey crafts for my little ones and love this. I think I may take it even easier and make it out of craft foam. Thanks.


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