Gobble Gobble Tee

Kids respond best to do-it-yourself tee shirts and projects when they are thematic or seasonal. To get the kids revved up for an often overlooked holiday, make this Gobble Gobble Tee. Thanksgiving crafts like this one will be worn proudly all throughout November by your little ones. Even for those who aren't artistically inclined, this DIY shirt is easy to put together, thanks to these simple instructions from Emma Jeffrey for Fiskars. Find out how easy it is to sew an appliqued turkey onto a tee in a few steps.

Gobble Gobble Tee


  • T-shirt
  • Assorted fabrics with a mix of patterns and solids
  • Adhesive fabric spray or fusible fabric bond
  • Embroidery floss and needle
  • Oval, Circles, and Letter Templates


  1. Use template (this project uses the Fiskars Oval template) to cut five ovals measuring 3” x 4” from assorted fabrics. Cut three patterned prints and one solid cotton to make an alternating pattern for the turkey’s wings.

    Gobble Gobble Tee
  2. Next, use a circle template (this projects uses the Fiskars Circles template) to make the turkey’s body. Use the 1.5“ circle for the head and the 2.5“ circle for the body. Draw in the turkey’s neck to connect the head and the body and cut it out.

    Gobble Gobble Tee
  3. It is important to adhere the wings to the t-shirt with an adhesive before sewing the fabric pieces to the t-shirt because pins will NOT hold the design in place and your jersey WILL ruffle up in all directions. Apply a fabric bond to the wrong side of the wings and position centrally on the front of the t-shirt. You can use a fusible fabric bond, but you could also use an adhesive fabric spray to hold the applique onto the front of your shirt as you sew.

    Gobble Gobble Tee
  4. Sew a small zig zag stitch close to the edge of each of the wings. The fabric on the edge of the stitching will fray as the top is worn and washed, so stitch close to the edge for a neat look.

    Gobble Gobble Tee
  5. You can embroider the turkey’s face with two French knots for eyes and a little orange beak.
  6. To make a French knot, first bring the needle through the back to the front of the fabric.
  7. Hold the needle against the fabric and wrap the floss around the needle 3 times.
  8. Insert the needle back through the fabric very close to where it came up and pull the floss all the way through.

    Gobble Gobble Tee
  9. When you have finished the turkey’s features, apply fabric bond to the back of the head and body as before and stick it to the wings before sewing onto the front of the design.
  10. To add the word ‘gobble’ to the bottom of my t-shirt, use letter templates to write the word backwards directly onto the fabric.

    Gobble Gobble Tee
  11. After you cut the letters out, sew them onto the front of the shirt with a straight stitch.

    Gobble Gobble Tee
  12. This tutorial uses a cotton canvas, which will fray over time. For a different look, consider using a non-fraying fabric such as jersey, fleece or felt.

    Gobble Gobble Tee

    Gobble Gobble Tee


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This is an absolutely darling tee shirt design! The instructions are great and this would be a super way to use up some nice fabric remnants that are still pretty but not enough for a bigger project. Another design option might be to add some buttons for eyes or even as embellishments in the feather area, would be a cute project for older kids to make with younger ones while he turkey is cooking! Thanks for sharing!


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