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How to Make a No-Sew Turkey Centerpiece Craft

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This turkey looks good enough to eat (almost). Read on to learn how you can make a centerpiece like this!

This turkey looks good enough to eat (almost). Read on to learn how you can make a centerpiece like this!

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 of 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'nBond
  • Two brown and two black chenille strips
  • Two yards of brown embroidery floss
  • 9" piece of colored lace
  • Scraps of red and yellow fun foam
  • Two black pony beads or small black buttons
  • Glue gun
  • Pinking Shears
  • Large-eyed needle
  • Iron

1. Print the Patterns

Print and cut out the pattern 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 the 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'nBond on the back side of the fabric to cover. Press the Heat'nBond according to the directions on the package. When cool, peel the paper from the fabric, refold the fabric so the Heat'nBond is sandwiched between and press to bond the pieces together. Lay the largest (back) feather shape on the prepared fabric and cut with 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'nBond 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'nBond 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 winding the strips until about an inch from the end. Spread the ends to look like turkey feet.


9. Assemble the Turkey

To assemble the turkey, lace 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 it in place. Glue the piece of lace around the turkey's 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.

My Completed Turkey Centerpiece

My Completed Turkey Centerpiece

© 2011 Loraine Brummer

Do you make Thanksgiving crafts?

DesignedbyLisa LM on November 24, 2011:


traveller27 on November 24, 2011:

Love it - blessed by a travelling angel.

andreaberrios lm on November 24, 2011:

Very cute! Happy Thanksgiving. Blessed*

NidhiRajat on November 24, 2011:

great lens.....

NidhiRajat on November 24, 2011:

great lens.....

webuser0150 on November 23, 2011:

excellent lense, thank you

Jeanette from Australia on November 22, 2011:

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

jeremyh1 on November 19, 2011:

Great lens!

Serj on November 18, 2011:

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

KimGiancaterino on November 15, 2011:

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

Rose Jones on November 15, 2011:

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

MyDestination on November 15, 2011:

very nice lens!

luckyone924 on November 15, 2011:

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

christyn1224 lm on November 15, 2011:

That centerpiece is adorable!

Shannon from Florida on November 14, 2011:

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

anonymous on November 14, 2011:

Congratulations on getting front page on this adorableness!

Jennifer_Glennon on November 14, 2011:

This is so cute.

SiochainGraSonas on November 14, 2011:

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

lasertek lm on November 14, 2011:

Thanks for putting pictures along with the instructions.

JoshK47 on November 14, 2011:

What a cute turkey!

JonitasKalimpo on November 14, 2011:

Beautiful lens. A bless has been made.