Free Crochet Pattern...Easy Turkey Applique!

This cute turkey makes a festive addition to a shirt, headband or other garment.  If you're feeling adventurous, you can even make one for each person's place setting at the Thanksgiving feast.  Easily made with two circles and four (or more) feathers and finished off with two cute button eyes.

The turkeys were inspired by another one of my patterns, the Festive Sheep Ornaments:


  • Worsted Weight Yarn of your choice (Yarn shown is Red Heart Super Saver in "Warm Brown" "Coffee" and Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in "Kelly Green" "Brick" and "Barley"
  • J (6.0 mm) Hook
  • Tapestry/Yarn Needle
  • 2 Buttons for Eyes
  • Hot Glue or Fabric Glue (Optional)

Instructions for Body:

Ch 6 and join with a sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: Work 12 dc into center of ring.
Round 2: Ch 2. Work 1 dc in first stitch. Work 2 dc in next stitch and in each stitch around entire circle. Join with sl st to close round.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Instructions for Head:

Ch 6 and join with a sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: Work 12 dc into center of ring.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
With tapestry/yarn needle, stitch the beak and wattle (red part), tie on back, weave in ends if needed.

Instructions for Feathers:

Foundation: Chain 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
Round 1:  In the center of the ring, work 6 dc, 4 sc, 1 tr, 4 sc.  Join with a slip stitch to close leaf and fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Finishing and Assembly:

Seam or glue parts together, making sure right side of work is facing out.  Start by attaching feathers to back top edge of body.  Attach head to center of body.  Attach two buttons for eyes.  Affix finished applique to shirt, headband, etc. by sewing or fabric glue.

Click below to watch how to crochet a turkey applique stitch by stitch:

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© Jennifer Dickerson


  1. That's really sweet, thank you.

  2. These would make adorable napkin rings, just attach them with a long tail yarn and tie on or with some chain stitches. Thanks for the pattern, I better get busy!

  3. So cute!! I featured a link to your pattern on Moogly this morning, thanks for sharing it!


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