Tutorial Tuesday: Thanksgiving Turkey Pillow

Since my children’s hands will only be so little for a limited time, I came up with this idea:

There are two parts to this tutorial.

I had an old sweater that I knew would make a cute pillow.

So, I cut it up to form two squares (one for the front, one for the back of the pillow).

I took the front piece and added the turkeys!

To do this, I traced my kid’s hand onto regular paper, cut them out, and re-traced it onto the felt. Yes, it seems I should have traced directly onto the felt first, but I knew my little ones wouldn’t hold still that long and it would be faster to use paper first.

Anyhow, I then cut out the turkey bodies, making each one a little smaller than the previous. I wanted them to be a little more proportional to the hand/feathers.

I then added some legs and a beak to each turkey.  For the legs, I made them long enough to tuck up under the turkey. This is so they would be stitched over when I sewed the turkey body on.

Then, I laid them out on the front part of the sweater.

I only sewed on the turkey body and beak using a zig-zag stitch.

This left the hand/feathers and feet of the turkey attached, but still able to have a 3-D look.

I generally followed this idea from Made By Lex to make it into a pillow.

I think it turned out pretty cute!

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15 Responses to Tutorial Tuesday: Thanksgiving Turkey Pillow

  1. DEBBIE says:


  2. misti says:

    Super cute!!! I saw an idea kinda like this where they made drink coasters using kids handprints. It was in Disney Family Fun magazine this month!

  3. Denise says:

    So cute! Just finished tracing my kids hands . . . I think I’ll make something in a frame though 🙂 Thanks for sharing your ideas!!

  4. Brandi says:

    You’re so clever. And how do you have so many cute old sweaters?? 😉

  5. I just love this idea. These kinds of projects are so special–to preserve your children’s hand prints…

  6. Abby says:

    What an adorable pillow! I love it 🙂 I will have to do this next year with my little guy.

  7. jami says:

    What a precious keepsake! I LOVE all things “handprint!”

  8. April says:

    I would love for you to link this up for a chance to win my Get Organized Giveaway!


  9. Chelsea says:

    I love the cute little felt hand turkeys! I am a bit obsessed with felt! In fact I am having a Felt Link Party at my blog. I would love for you to link up some of your cute felt projects. http://craftersanonymousclub.blogspot.com/2010/10/week-of-felt-link-party.html

  10. Jerri says:

    That is so adorable! Thank you for linking up for Friday Favorites!

  11. Absolutely adorable! I made little handprint turkeys from construction paper when my children were little. I sure wish I had them saved in a more memorable way as you do.
    Great idea!

    Thanks for linking to my party. It’s fun to see what you link up each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  12. Wendy says:

    This is so cute! I was looking for something to do with my lil boy! Thanks and great job!

  13. Chelsea says:

    Thanks you so much for linking up to Felt Week! This is such a creative idea! Little hads are so cute! I hope to see you again at Crafters Anonymous Club!

  14. Tammy says:

    I LOVE this–just now catching up on blogs. I’m hoping to make one of these this year, though! So cute!!

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