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Gobble, gobble

Stuffing? Check. Cranberry sauce? Check. Adorable turkey keepsake modelled on your little one’s hand? Check. Here’s a fun way to include a personal touch this Thanksgiving. Just trace your child’s hand and with a few simple stitches, you’ll have a playful plushy decoration and keepsake. Let’s begin…

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You will need:

  • a needle and thread
  • felt
  • pen and paper
  • seeds or rice
  • cotton wool
  • pins
  • scissors
  • a picture of a turkey (for inspiration)

How to make a Thanksgiving turkey keepsake

Step 1

Step 1

Gather all the materials together. (Keep those little hands away from the pins and scissors)

Step 2

Step 2

Trace your little one’s hand on a piece of paper to make an outline, then cut it out so you have a hand-shaped piece of paper.

Step 3

Step 3

Pin the hand-shaped piece of paper to both pieces of felt you’re using for the body. Then cut the felt out around the paper. Now you have two hand-shaped pieces of felt!

Step 4

Step 4

Cut out the remaining felt parts (legs, feather tips, beak, wattle) in the appropriate colors. You’ll need to draw these yourself first – use the size of the body as a guide. We’ve included a stylish hat for our turkey, but you can dress it however you like.

Step 5

Step 5

Use a blanket stitch to sew the two body halves together. Add the white tips to the fingers (feathers). You can also attach the hat, beak and wattle at this step. Make sure you leave an opening at the bottom for stuffing.

Step 6

Step 6

Let’s stuff that turkey. Use the cotton wool to fill in the fingers, and the seeds or rice for the body. Fill the body with enough weight that it can sit up on its own.

And there you have it, a turkey plushy that’s also a lovely keepsake. Add a name tag to mark the moment. Use it as a cheerful place setting, or give it as a gift. Happy Thanksgiving!

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