How to Make a No-Sew Turkey Centerpiece Craft

Updated on March 3, 2020
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Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials and templates.

Thanksgiving No-Sew Turkey Centerpiece

If you enjoy making your own Thanksgiving decorations consider making a no-sew turkey centerpiece to decorate your Thanksgiving table.

This is not a difficult craft. We start out with a pair of ankle socks and some Fiberfil. Next, we make the feathers using some beautiful fall prints (these are easy to find in any fabric department this time of year). With the addition of beads for eyes, chenille strips for legs, and a fun foam waddle and beak, we have a turkey! This Thanksgiving turkey is strictly for decorating—while it does contain stuffing, I do not advise eating it.

Supplies Needed

  • One pair tan ankle socks (or you can tea-dye a white pair)
  • Fiberfil
  • Heavy thread or embroidery floss
  • 1/3 yard of two coordinating autumn prints
  • Scraps of two solid colored fabrics (colors that are in the prints)
  • Merged PDF files: Back turkey feathers, middle turkey feathers, front turkey feathers, back wing, front wing, waddle, and beak
  • Heat and Bond
  • 2 brown and 2 black chenille strips
  • 2 yards brown embroidery floss
  • 9" piece of colored lace
  • Scraps of red and yellow fun foam
  • 2 black pony beads or small black buttons
  • Glue gun
  • Pinking Shears
  • Large-eyed needle
  • Iron

1. Print the Patterns

Print and cut out the patterns pieces for the back, middle and front feather shapes and the wings, waddle and beak.

2. Fill the Socks With Fiberfil

Fill the one sock with Fiberfil .

Turn the cuff back toward the filled sock and glue or slipstitch closed.

Fill the second sock with Fiberfil, but do not turn the cuff back.

3. Make the Turkey Body Using Socks

For the turkey butt and thighs, wrap the thread tightly around the sock about 1/3 of the distance from each end and knot. Set aside until assembling turkey.

For the turkey head and body, wrap the thread tightly around the second sock to form a head, a little more than 1/3 of the distance from the toe end and knot. Set aside until assembling turkey

5. Make the Back Turkey Feather Shape

For the back turkey feather shape, cut a piece of the print fabric 12" x 28", then fold the piece in half so the piece measures 12" x 14". Unfold and place a 12" x 14" piece of Heat and Bond on the back side of the fabric , to cover of the fabric. Press the Heat and Bond according to directions on the package. When cool, peel the paper from the fabric, refold the fabric so the Heat and Bond is sandwiched between and press to bond the pieces together. Lay the largest (back) feather shape on the prepared fabric and cut with a pinking shears. This back piece is finished on both sides.

6. Make the Middle and Front Feather Shapes

Using the second print fabric and the middle feathers shape, press a piece of Heat and Bond on the back side of the fabric. Then cut the shape with the pinking shears. Remove the paper backing , place and press to the larger feathers shape.For the front feathers shape, and using the first print fabric again, prepare the fabric with Heat and Bond and press to the middle feathers shape. Set aside until assembling turkey.

7. Make the Turkey Wings

Do this using the same process you followed for the feather shapes

For the wings: Make the larger wing shape first by using one of the solid colored fabrics, prepare the fabric in the same manner as the back feathers shape---this piece also will be finished on both sides. Prepare the front smaller wing shape as the middle feathers shape and press to the larger wing shape.

8. Make the Turkey Feet

For the turkey feet: Wind one black and one brown chenille strip together. Then fold the wound chenille strips in half, forming a small loop at the fold and the winding the strips until about an inch from the end. Spread the ends to look like turkey feet.

9. Assemble the Turkey

Assembling the turkey:Place the turkey head/body in front of the center butt/thighs. Place the cuff part of the body under and to the back of the butt and glue in place.Glue the piece of lace around the turkeys neck. Glue the wings to the back of the turkey body with the bottom of the wings touching the turkey thighs. Then apply some glue to the sides of the body and shape and glue the thighs close to the body.

10. Complete the Turkey

Apply glue to the bottom of the turkey feathers shape and glue to the back of the turkey, this will slightly wrap the feather shape toward the front.

Apply glue to the loop end of the chenille feet and glue to the bottom of the thighs.

Using the threaded needle, push the needle from the back of the head to the front where you want one of the eyes to be, put a bead or button for the eye and draw the needle back to the back of the head. Do the same for the second eye and then knot the string to hold the eyes in place.

To draw in the sides of the head, push the threaded needle from the back to one side of the head, then to the other side of the head and back out the back side of the head. Pull the sides in as much as you want and then tie off the thread in the back.

Glue the bead to the waddle and then glue them to the turkey head, under the eyes.

Wrap the brown embroidery thread until you have a 4" wad. Cut all the loops, twist the wad and glue it to the top of the turkey head.

Ta-Da! My Completed Turkey Centerpiece

© 2011 Loraine Brummer

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      DesignedbyLisa LM 

      8 years ago


    • traveller27 profile image


      8 years ago

      Love it - blessed by a travelling angel.

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      andreaberrios lm 

      8 years ago

      Very cute! Happy Thanksgiving. Blessed*

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      8 years ago

      great lens.....

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      8 years ago

      great lens.....

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      8 years ago

      excellent lense, thank you

    • GonnaFly profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      We don't celebrate thanksgiving here in Australia, but if we did, I think I'd have to give this a try!

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      8 years ago

      Great lens!

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      8 years ago

      How fun! Maybe I could do this with my kid for some quality time!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      8 years ago

      This is such a cute decoration idea. Coincidentally, I have some orphan socks that I wasn't sure what to do with. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Rose Jones 

      8 years ago

      I love this, my 17 year old son is going to help me make it for Thanksgiving. :)

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      8 years ago

      very nice lens!

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      8 years ago

      What a great idea! its so cute! awesome lens!

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      christyn1224 lm 

      8 years ago

      That centerpiece is adorable!

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      8 years ago from Florida

      This looks like so much fun! I love no-sew crafts! Liked.

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations on getting front page on this adorableness!

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      8 years ago

      This is so cute.

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      8 years ago

      I love the Turkey and really appreciate the instructions. I am going to give it a try. : )

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      lasertek lm 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for putting pictures along with the instructions.

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      8 years ago

      What a cute turkey!

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful lens. A bless has been made.


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