Have old fabric scraps you don’t know what to do with? Use them with your kids to make a fabric turkey craft for Thanksgiving.
Don’t have any fabric scraps? No problem! Go through your closet or your kids closet and find some old clothes you or your kids don’t wear anymore. Cut them up to use in this project.
My son was getting ready to throw out some underwear that had a hole in them. I asked him if he would like to cut them up and reuse them to help make a fabric turkey. He excitedly agreed!
I also cut up some old dish clothes that were ready to be discarded. I have a lot of felt on hand from when I taught Kindergarten so we made use of that, too.
Different Kinds of Turkeys
There are different options for this project. You can make one turkey that you can all help decorate. Or, you can each make your own turkey. It really depends on how much material and time you have.
First, we made one big turkey on legal sized construction paper.
Then each of my kids wanted to make their own smaller turkey on letter sized paper. I bet you can’t guess which turkey my son made and which one my daughter made.
You guessed it! My son wanted to make a green turkey and my daughter wanted to make a pink turkey. Not exactly Thanksgiving colors, but these were their turkeys and they could make them using any color they wished.
How to Make a Fabric Turkey Craft
- Fabric scraps of different colors and textures
- Construction paper
- Crayons and/or Markers
1. Cut or tear the fabric pieces to make the turkey’s body, head, neck, feathers, beak, wattle and eye.
2. Place the pieces onto the paper to make a turkey.
3. Glue the pieces of fabric on to the construction paper.
4. Use crayons or markers to draw pictures and color around the turkey.
My kids really enjoyed this turkey craft. They liked picking out different fabric and colors to use for their turkeys.
My three-year-old daughter needed more assistance assembling and gluing her project than my five-year-old son did. It is ok if you need to assist your children some, but refrain from doing the project for them. Allow them to decide what colors, fabrics and drawing they want.
For added fun and texture, use some of these materials in addition to (or in place of the fabric) to really jazz your turkey up!
- Fake feathers
- Googly eyes
- Chenille stems (aka pipe cleaner)
- Rick rack
- Cereal (such as Cheerios or Fruit Loops)
I would love to hear how your fabric turkey craft turned out. Share in the comments below any ideas or suggestions you have.