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Scrap Fabric Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Can you believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner?!  Wow!  It always surprises me how quickly they come each year.  

Of course, during the year it seems like the holidays are so far away and then suddenly...BAM...it is the holiday season.  But I don't mind.  In fact, the holiday season starts in September here because Halloween is a big part of our fall.  But I never like to forget about Thanksgiving.  It is such a wonderful holiday.  
Create your own turkey for Thanksgiving and fall with just a few fabric scraps and paper.  A great project to do with toddlers, preschoolers and school age children.  #thanksgiving #fallcraft #kidscraft #thanksgivingtable #turkeycraft #preschoolcraft


Since I became a Stay-at-Home-Mom, I've been trying to put together fun crafts and activities to do with the kids, especially during the holidays.  It makes the season more memorable and the kids love to create their own projects like this adorable Thanksgiving turkey craft.


My goal for this project was to use materials we already had on hand and create something that the kids would love for years to come.  A decoration that we could display each fall and they would remember that they made it themselves.


Scrap Fabric Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

I think we've been successful in that creation.  So let's get started


How to Make a Fabric Thanksgiving Turkey Craft


Materials Needed



Scrap Fabric Thanksgiving Turkey Craft
Step 1
Trace your child's hands on the foam or paper.  These hands will create the "feathers" for your turkey.  My little man really enjoyed this part!


Scrap Fabric Thanksgiving Turkey Craft
Step 2
Cut out your child's hand prints in several colors of foam or paper.  I'd say you'd want at least four and up to 8 hand cut outs.  You'll glue the hands together at the palm overlapped and fanned out.

Scrap Fabric Thanksgiving Turkey Craft
Step 3
Take your fabric scraps and measure every inch and make a small cut.  This will help you make sure you have enough strips of fabric.  You'll want between 9 and 12 strips.

Scrap Fabric Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Step 4
This is the fun part.  Your kids will love this.  Grab the cut side of the fabric and tear or pull.  The fabric will rip right down the line giving it a shabby or "fuzzy" look for your turkey.  This was my son's favorite part.  You'll want the pieces to be about 4-5 inches long.

Scrap Fabric Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Step 5
Pile your fabric scraps together and tie them together with another piece of fabric like the picture above.  They don't have to line up perfectly, just enough so they can be tied together.

Scrap Fabric Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Step 6
Grab your pipe cleaner.  You are going to use this to make the feet on your Thanksgiving turkey craft.  Slide your pipe cleaner through the knot you made with your fabric tie and twist it once around the knot.  These will be the legs of your turkey.
Scrap Fabric Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Step 7
Cut out some little "feet" in your foam or construction paper and glue them to your pipe cleaners.

Scrap Fabric Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Step 8
Next, staple your fabric turkey to your foam feathers.  This can be a bit challenging for little people, so you may want to take over this part.

Scrap Fabric Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Part 9
Glue on some googly eyes and a beak if you'd like to your turkey.
Scrap Fabric Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

There is your simple fabric Thanksgiving turkey craft.  He is super cute and the best part is he'll sit up on his own if you bend his legs.  

We put him on top of our standing picture frame and the kids love pointing him out all the time.  

We had a great time with this!  Hope you do too!

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Enjoyed this kids craft?  Check out some of these other great Thanksgiving craft ideas.

Turkey Rice Krispie Treats from The Celebration Shoppe
Turkey Votive from Creatively Beth
Turkey Snack Bags from That's What Che Said
Footprint Turkey Shirts from The Scrap Shoppe Blog
Woodland Folk Toys from Tried and True
Thanksgiving Turkey Sodas from Home Crafts by Ali
Thanksgiving Teacher Gift from Life Sew Savory
Kids Turkey Craft from Adventures of A DIY Mom
Handprint Turkey from Liz On Call
Easy Flower Turkey from Crafting in the Rain