Thanksgiving Turkey Bow

Thanksgiving Turkey Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Thanksgiving is coming up quick!
Do you have all your Thanksgiving bows ready to go?

If not, you need to check out our NEW Turkey Tom Thanksgiving Ribbon!
He is the cutest turkey! And you can get five yards of 7/8″ for only $3.10!

If you’re like me and you need a little help with color coordinating,
we also have our Turkey Lurkey Seasonal Ribbon Mix.

This ribbon mix will give you at least two beautiful bows in beautiful colors that coordinate for only $5.99!

I had way too much fun with my Turkey Tom ribbon in creating my cute turkey bow.

Here is what you’ll need to make your own Thanksgiving Turkey Bow:

Turkey Lurkey Ribbon Mix or
Turkey Tom Thanksgiving Ribbon
3/8″ Solid Grosgrain in
Turftan, Red, Rust, Gold, and Offray Jungle Green
1 1/2″ Solid Grosgrain in Turftan
Brown Button
Wood Burning Tool
Googly Eyes
Hot Glue Gun
GlueGlider Pro
Needle and Thread

I lined my 1 1/2″ Turftan Solid Grosgrain Ribbon with 3/8″ Offray Jungle Green Solid Grosgrain Ribbon. I used my GlueGlider PRO to layer the two ribbons together.

Using this ribbon, I made a Pinwheel Hair Bow with V-cuts in the ends.
I used the 4″ setting on the bowmaker.

Then I used my Turkey Tom Ribbon to make a Twisted Boutique Bow with V-cut ends.
This bow is the same size as the Pinwheel Bow at 4″ wide.

Now we are going to make the turkey! 🙂

Turn on your wood burning tool.
You will need a cookie sheet or something similar to it.

Get your button and googly eyes and hot glue the googly eyes onto the button.
I put them over the holes.

Now we are going to carve out the beak and wattle (Yes, it’s a wattle. :))

If you’d like, you can trace them out in your ribbons with a fabric marker.
I actually liked mine better when I free handed it.

Using your wood burning tool, on a cookie sheet, carve out your pieces.

Turn off your wood burning tool. These are SO hot, so you want to be extra careful.

Glue the beak and wattle together.

Glue the beak and wattle to the button underneath the eyes.

Using the 3/8″ ribbon, cut your feathers.
You will need 8 pieces, two of each color.
I cut mine to be 2 1/2″ each.

(There are ten because I was indecisive. I ended up not using the orange ribbons.)

I placed my ribbons around the button to make sure they would all fit well.

Glue the ends of the feathers together.

Start gluing the feathers onto the button.
Be very careful to keep the length of the feathers the same all around the button.
I ended up having to pull off a couple at the end and make them seem longer.

Now go back to the Pinwheel Bow.
We are going to make a Twisted Boutique Bow around it using the 3/8″ ribbons.
This may also be called the Surround-A-Bow Technique.

I hot glued each of my steps to the center.

Then I added my Gold 3/8″ Solid Grosgrain Ribbon and did the same thing.

Here is the view from the side:

Now all your pieces are ready to be put together.

Attach your Turkey Tom bow.
I did this by taking a stitch in the back of the Pinwheel bow and then tightening my thread
around the Turkey Tom bow and my Pinwheel bow.

Line your clip with your coordinating color.
I used Rust Solid Grosgrain to line my French Barrette Clip.
I used a 2″ French Barrette clip and it comes in a package of 20 for $2.00.

Now attach your clip to the bow.
You can find a tutorial on this by clicking How To Attach A French Barrette.

The bow looks great as is, but how can you resist adding a little turkey with googly eyes!?

I sure can’t! 🙂

Using hot glue, attach your button turkey to the center of your bow.

Thanksgiving Turkey Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

How I wish I had a girl to wear this bow! 🙂

Here are some other views:

Thanksgiving Turkey Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Thanksgiving Turkey Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Thanksgiving Turkey Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Hurry and get a Turkey Lurkey Ribbon Mix or the other colors I listed and make your own Turkey Bow.
Everyone will rave on how cute it is! 🙂

Thanksgiving Turkey Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Thanksgiving Turkey Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Thanksgiving Turkey Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

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  1. Posted November 14, 2011 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    That’s adorable! I love the cute ribbon and the turkey is darling:)

  2. sarah
    Posted November 14, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    I will have to make one of these! it is so cute!!!!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Milla
    Posted November 15, 2011 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Very cute! Love it and thanks for letting us know the trick!

  4. Posted November 18, 2011 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    Wow – amazing tutorial! I pinned it:
    And shared on my FB fan page!

  5. Amna
    Posted November 20, 2011 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    WO0O0O0O0OW- Cute
    realy realy I like it

  6. Tamara
    Posted November 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    For babies first Thanksgiving, I made just the turkey and attached it to a small clip. This bow in adorable and easy to make. Thank you!

  7. Aleisa
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    Do u have any idea on how to make a monsters inc bow? if u do plz post it and ps. i love your bows<3

  8. Julie
    Posted August 10, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    This is ADORABLE! My granddaughter is only 6 months old, so I think that I’ll make just the turkey an attach it to a small clip.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 11, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

      Hi Julie! That is such a great idea! My little girl is just a little bit older than your granddaughter and that would be so cute attached to a clip and a headband for Thanksgiving! Thanks for your comment, and your FABulous idea!!! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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