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Making a Felt and Ribbon Turkey

Category Thanksgiving
These cute, easy to make, fall or Thanksgiving decorations can be used to make other projects as well, such as a napkin ring or a garland. This is a guide about making a felt and ribbon turkey.


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November 25, 2014

This colorful ribbon turkey can be used as an ornament, attached to elastic for a napkin ring, or even used as a baby toy!



  • 7 1" wide ribbon (asst. colors, 5" long)
  • 2 1/4" wide ribbon (yellow, 2" long)
  • felt (lt. brown, yellow, and red)
  • embroidery floss (lt. brown, black, yellow, and red)
  • sewing needle
  • scissors


  1. Create templates for the turkey body, beak, and waddle.
  2. Stick the templates to the felt (using rolls of tape) and cut out two bodies, a beak, and a waddle.
  3. Use coordinating embroidery floss to attach the beak to the turkey "front". Then attach the waddle.
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  5. Create the eyes using a French knot.
  6. Use a lighter to melt the ribbon edges to prevent fraying. Fold the pieces of ribbon over and pin them to the back of turkey "front" to create feathers. Use a basting stitch to attach the ribbons to the felt, then remove the pins.
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  8. Fold the 1/4" ribbon pieces in half to create feet. Pin them in place.
  9. Sandwich the ribbons between the turkey "back" and "front". Sew the bodies together using a backstitch. Remove the basting stitch.
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  11. NOTE: To make napkin rings, attach a loop of elastic to the back to wrap around cloth napkins. To make an ornament, attach a loop of ribbon to the back to hang it from. Leave it as is for a baby toy.
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December 9, 20150 found this helpful

This turkey has a felt body and ribbons as tail feathers. Learn how to make it in this short video.

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