Last Minute Thanksgiving Ribbon Turkey Shirt Tutorial

I don’t know about you but I feel like Thanksgiving just jumped up on me. It is next week holy cow! Last year my sister made these adorable ribbon turkey shirts for my nieces. They are so quick and easy that even if you’re like me and feel totally behind on the Thanksgiving front you can still pull it off.

My sister used a no sew method and she said it was kind of a pain in the tush. She was not a fan of the fabric glue but there are nice clear steps in the tutorial she used here. If it were me the way I’d do it is to first cut out a piece of brown fabric in the body shape. Then make each loop of ribbon and hot glue them to the back of the turkey body piece. Then I’d sew on the eyes. I’d run the beak piece over a flame so it doesn’t fray like on my niece’s shirt and then sew it on. Then I’d pin the body with ribbon glued onto the shirt and sew around the turkey bottom. But if you are not a sewer you could use fabric glue for all the steps that I said to sew or use a piece of iron on a piece ultrahold heat bond to the back of the turkey to stick it to the shirt.

These ribbon shirts were all the rage last year but I totally forgot about them until the girls showed up wearing theirs and I figured they are so cute that those of you who missed them, or pinned and forgot about them might use a reminder.


  1. I just made some of these this week for my girls! I used google eyes though… So cute! And totally agree about the hot glue, then sew method! Super fast and simple too!

  2. Marissa these are adorable. My daughter would love something like this!

  3. Those girls are so cute! I really miss celebrating Thanksgiving; I’m Canadian but moved over to England as a kid so missed out on a lot of years spent celebrating turkey day with relatives :(

    I’m your newest follower via the I Love My Online Friends blog hop; hope you’ll stop by and follow back, too <3

    – Erin xo – One girl’s attempt at creating 365 different make-up looks in as many days

  4. So Cute! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love how you use the ribbon for the turkey feathers. Very cute! Have a great Thanksgiving week.

  6. Hey from tessacotton! Love your creation, sooo cute. I would be so thrilled if you would link up to my new, thanksgiving themed linky party!

  7. Soooooo super cute!!! good job….my girls would love those! First time visiting. I host a linky party if you’d like to share:

  8. Those are so cute! I made a turkey onesie for my little boy, and saw those shirts when looking for inspiration… but I think my fiance would declare the ribbons too girly for his son :)

    I like the dimension that the ribbons add!

  9. wow, these are so cute! I would be honored if you shared this at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!

  10. SOoooo cute! I totally need these for my girls.

  11. SUPER cute!! Thanks for linking up friend :)


  12. Oh, I love these! They are so cute! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  13. Thanks for linking up at tessacotton! I’d love it if you’d join with all your winter/holiday crafts and recipes at our new Christmas linky party!

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