DIY Turkey Placemats

Posted by on Nov 17, 2012 in crafts, fabric, fall, felt, sewing | 11 comments

I had been thinking about making these placemats ever since I made the carrot ones for Easter.  I had been thinking about just how cute they would look at the children’s table.  I had been gathering the supplies and had even cut all of the pieces needed. But, I had not sat down at the sewing machine and actually made them until this morning.  I was not going to let Thanksgiving come and go and not make these placemats!  My closet is full of half finished projects. Really great ideas just lying (laying?) there is bags needing to be finished.  I refused to let this be the fate of these turkeys!

They are super simple and so cute!

I found these plain placemats at Target for $2.

(I still can’t figure out how to turn a photo – UGH!!!)

I went to my felt stash and found these colors.  I make all of my felt because it is so easy and the felt is so much nicer than what you find in the craft stores.  I buy cheap 100% wool sweaters at the thrift stores.  Then, I wash them in hot and dry them on high.  Voila! You have felt!

I drew out some simple shapes; a turkey body, turkey legs and a gobbler. (I guess the little red thing hanging off of the face of a turkey is called a gobbler? Does it have an official name!?)

I placed the pieces.

Using a good fabric glue, I glued on the gobbler.  I glued the legs on AFTER I sewed the body down so I would know exactly where to place the legs.


1. glue gobbler

2. sew body

3. glue legs

I used a zig-zag stitch to sew the body down.

A “fan” fold for the napkin.

And, placed it inside the turkey body.

Super cute for the children’s table!

Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family!

If you have a project that you were wanting to finish for Thanksgiving – today is the day!  It is so defeating to let your ideas go – and so empowering to just simply do it!

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  1. Very cute! It’s called a wattle but I knew what you meant by gobbler!

  2. Really cute, thanks so much for the tute.

  3. How adorable! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop Also let me know if you’d like to follow each other!

  4. Adorable and a great idea! Pinning for next year!Next week on The CSI Project is the Thansgiving crafts, Food and Gratitude challenge. Come link this up and you may WIN!
    Link up begins Wednesday. Tutorials Monday-Wednesday.

  5. Adorable! I am pinning for next year! Next week on The CSI Project is the Thansgiving crafts, Food and Gratitude challenge. Come link this up and you may WIN!
    Link up begins Wednesday. Tutorials Monday-Wednesday.

  6. These are so cute and I love how you make your own felt.

    Go to and you can upload your photos and it will turn them for you. You can also watermark your photos with your blog name. And crop, add a frame and a whole bunch of other things.

  7. What a cute placemat idea! And thanks for the tip about the DIY felt!! There could be so much variety. I must start my collection immediately! I am visiting from Imparting Grace’s link party.

  8. Cute! We would love for you to share this on our Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party!

  9. Such a fantastic idea. I know my mother in law would absolutely love these. 🙂 Megan

  10. This is such a cute idea!! I’d love for you to share this at my link party going on right now:

    Have a great week!
    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  11. So cute! I would love to have you come share this or any of your great ideas at the link party on ‘Or so she says…’ There’s one going on right now (and every Saturday – Tuesday). Hope to see you there!


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