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!