Making a Yo Yo Turkey

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Turn your yo yo addiction into a cute Thanksgiving turkey decoration. This is a page about making a yo yo turkey.


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Here is another easy yo yo creation. A little turkey that would make really cute place "cards" for your holiday table.

Approximate Time: about an hour




  1. With a compass, make circles on cardboard of the following sizes in inches: 6 1/2, 6, 5 1/2, 5 and 4 1/2.
  2. Cut circles out and use as templates on fabric cutting one circle of each size. You will have 5 circles.
  3. Sew each circle about 1/4 inch around the edge with a basting stitch, pull up and gather thus forming a yo yo. Tack thread in the middle to secure gathering. Do this with all circles.
  4. Now starting with the 6 1/2 inch yo yo on the bottom, stack the other circles over the big yo yo (gathered side up) ending with a 4 1/2 inch yo yo on top. Run a double thread up through the center of the yo yo stack and secure.
  5. For turkey tail, cut one piece each of the following sizes: 2x6 inches, 2x5 inches, and 2x4 inches of solid color fabric in each color (3 all together).
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  7. Fold each piece in half lengthwise and slightly gather raw edge at bottom forming a fan shape.
  8. Hot glue each strip to one fan shaped piece of brown felt (see picture).
  9. Now using your glue gun and the picture as a guide, assemble the turkey cutting pointed feet from the brown foam sheet.

By Jan Lee from L.I. NY

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This cute little yo yo turkey can be used as an ornament or even attached to elastic for a napkin ring.


  • fabric
  • circle templates (160mm and 220mm)
  • felt (lt. brown, yellow, and red)
  • embroidery floss (lt. brown, black, yellow, and red)
  • thread
  • sewing needle
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun


  1. Create templates for the turkey body, beak, and waddle. Also create the circle templates.
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  3. Stick the templates to the felt (using rolls of tape) and cut out two bodies, a beak, and a waddle.
  4. Create the eyes using French knots. Use coordinating embroidery floss to attach the beak to the turkey "front". Then attach the waddle.
  5. Fold the 1/4" ribbon pieces in half to create feet and pin them in place. Sandwich the ribbons between the turkey "back" and "front". Sew the bodies together using a backstitch.
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  7. Trace the circle templates onto the fabric and cut them out. Make the two yo yos. Making Fabric Yo Yos Stack the smaller yo yo onto the large one and sew them together.
  8. Use hot glue to attach the body to the yo yo feathers. Press firmly and allow glue to dry.
  9. 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.
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December 2, 2015

These colorful turkeys are made with circular fabric yo-yos, and are perfect for Thanksgiving. Learn how to make it in this short video.

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