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{{Gobble Gobble}} Thanksgiving Pillow tutorial

Here’s a little Thanksgiving project I made up this morning.

{Kind of fun for this time of year.}

{Gobble Gobble Pillow}

I made it with my Silhouette and Heat Transfer Material. But you could print out the letters and make a stencil too, then stencil the words on your pillow with fabric paint.

I used the other side of my Pretty Witch Pillow — I’m frugal like that. They are cotton Ikea pillow covers. I was going to use orange heat transfer material, but I didn’t have any, so I used Turquoise. It matches my couch :)

Here’s what I did:

1. Create the gobble pillow in Silhouette’s Studio program.

2. Reversed out the text – so it will work with the Heat Transfer material.

3. Print out the letters with the Silhouette.

4. Peeled off the negative material, revealing the letters.

5. Printed out one Gobble out of the different colored material.

6. Arranged the words on the pillow cover.

7. Ironed the words on the pillow covers.

So fast and easy!

Now I have a whimsical pillow cover to celebrate Turkey Day!

{and it’s a little non-traditional, but I’m a little crazy like that LOL!}


PS — Here are the Silhouette files , if you want to use them. I used 9 inch heat transfer material. So I printed out the first sheet of two rows of gobbles, then one more row of gobbles and lined them up with the first sheet and then printed out the last gobble in turquoise.


  1. Melissa Foust says:

    I love your couch! Is that a re-upholstered cover? Or where did you get it? I need!!!

  2. Very non-traditional, but very much awesome. :) I loved this, and thanks for the tip on the IKEA cushion covers, I had no idea about them and am adding them to my shopping list.

    Hope all is well, can’t wait to party tonight 😉

  3. Super cute! I love how you were so frugal with your pillows! Great idea for those holiday pillows.

  4. That’s a really clever idea. You have a beautiful couch too!!!

  5. I love this!!!! So simple but so stinkin’ cute!

  6. LOVE this pillow. The silhouette is the best thing since sliced bread :)

  7. So cute. My fingers are crossed that you are going to be doing a Christmas one. Do you know if the heat transfer would work with burlap?? I have some ideas but was wondering about that before I ordered it.

    • Hi Carrie! I am almost 100% sure that Heat Transfer will work with burlap. I haven’t tried it but I think it will work. Yes, designed a Christmas pillow tonight :)


  8. Interested! I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the file! It’s so cute!

  9. I am a new follower! Love your site and ideas! And just noticed tonight that you follow up all your comments. IMPRESSED!! Especially for someone with 16,000+ followers! Nothing more frustrating than someone sharing ideas and not answering peoples questions…what is the point? Great job!! Ohh, and love the pillow! :)

    • Amy » Hi Amy!! It’s nice to meet you! I try to follow up with people’s comments. I appreciate people taking the time to stop by and comment.

      Have a great night!!


  10. Jen! That is seriously adorable. I love that you jsut whipped it up this morning! :) How are you?? Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving? Are you having it at your house? :)

    • MiMi » Thanks Macey!! I am good!! I think we are going out of town for Thanksgiving. Are you getting geared up to make yummy things at your house?


  11. This is adorable, Jen! What a cute, whimsical, and fun accent for Thanksgiving. I don’t have a Silhouette machine, but seeing this kind of project makes me think I would really like one!

    I just made a Thanksgiving pillow myself–but mine is awfully simple compared to yours. Sharpie on dropcloth! :)

    • Richella @ Imparting Grace » Thanks Richella!! I think you would like one, you can so much with it.

      I am excited to see your pillow. I will be right over :)


  12. I love this! I included it in my thanksgiving craft roundup: http://vanessascraftynest.blogspot.com/2011/11/diy-roundup-thanksgiving.html

    • Vanessa @ The Crafty Nest » Thanks so much Vanessa!! What a fun round up. I love your header too. I have been trying to make more of an effort recognizing Thanksgiving this year. It’s so tempting to dive right into Christmas crafts LOL!

      Thanks for the feature!


  13. Oh a turquoise sofa… How I wish I could pull that off… You do it beautifully! I love the gobble gobble pillow too!

    • Kim@todayismysome-day » Thanks Kim!! I love the turquoise sofa – it makes me happy every day :)

      Thanks for leaving a comment – I appreciate it!


  14. I love it!! How cute…and I love the pop of turquoise! :)

    • Amanda @ Serenity Now » Thanks Amanda!! I was going to have one of the gobble’s be orange but I didn’t have any orange heat transfer material. But I think I like the turquoise better now :)

      Thanks for leaving me a comment – I appreciate it so much!


  15. Super idea! I love your couch. Turquoise is my favorite color.

    Jeanna @ dramaqueenseams.blogspot.com

  16. Adorable! You always have the cutest ideas!

  17. This is adorable; love it!!! And I love how you made the one “gobble” blue to match the rest of the room, instead of an expected “fall color” like orange. Super cute AND looks chic!

    • Thanks Brooke!! I love it too. And the gobbles make my kids laugh :)

      Thanks for the sweet comment – have a great day!!


  18. So cute! I have got to start using my Silhouette more!

    • Dee » Yes Dee – you should LOL! Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be glad to answer any :)


  19. OMG! Too cute. I seriously need a Silhouette (sigh, if only). Just adore it.

    • Megan » Thanks Megan!! There should be some more Silhouette giveaways coming up this month. I will keep my fingers crossed for you. It’s seriously my favorite crafting tool. I am addicted LOL!


  20. That’s adorable!! :) I would love for you to upload the file! Thanks! :)

  21. I love this project! Could you please upload the Silhouette file. This would make a great first time project using the heat transfer material!

    • Sure – I will do that today Michelle and add it to this post. I think Heat Transfer material is my favorite material to use with my SIlhouette – it’s really easy to use. Just be sure to iron it on all the way. Depending on the surface, it can take some time to get the material to adhere to your fabric. Peel it off slowly.


  22. Lelia Gallardo says:

    I love it, only if I had a Silhouette so I could do it too. Have a great day!

    • Thanks Leila!

      There should be some Silhouette giveaways coming up later this month. I will keep my fingers crossed for you. It’s my favorite crafting tool :)

      Thanks for the sweet comment!!


  23. Jen that is so cute! I love that it is not the typical orange and brown fall colors…and it looks perfect with your couch!

    • Thanks Kelli! I like that it’s subtle too. And I think it’s fun that it’s not traditional Thanksgiving colors, makes people do a double take LOL!

      Have a great day!!


  24. What a great idea. I still have the Silhouette SD and I need to use it more.

    • Donna – you could totally make this with the SD. I used 9 inch wide heat transfer paper. So I printed out two lines of gobbles and then another line and lined them up on the pillow cover :)


  25. I love this idea! I’m thinking about doing this for my little one’s onesie. That way she’s has something special for the season that isn’t too over the top!

    • That would be so cute!! Send me a link or picture if you do. I would love to feature it!!


      • Thanks so much, Jen! I started work on it last night! I’ll send you the link when it’s done!


  26. Bethany K says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. Man, I have got to get me a Silhouette! And a more creative mind, lol. Thanks for sharing, Jen!

    • Thanks Bethany!! I might be a little in love with my Silhouette. I used it all the time LOL!


  27. What a fun project, Jen! Love this!

    • Thanks Amy!! My kids think the gobble gobble is funny. Thanks for having me at your place today!!


  28. Today I spent forever cutting out freezer paper letters for my own Christmas pillow project and it was kind of a nightmare (until I finally figured it out.) But even when I painted it carefully, the paint still leaked through the smaller letters…I think heat transfer would have been the better option (and for some reason I totally didn’t think of that.) Of course I’m sure you are an expert at freezer paper stenciling..you are the stenciling guru. Great job on yours!

    • Thanks Heidi!! I think heat transfer is so much easier than stenciling. Good job on your pillow! I can’t wait to see it!!!


  29. I really like this :) kinda understated, I think thats why, its not thanksgiving in your face, just a cute touch 😀

    • jesy » Thanks so much! That’s what I was going for. I love things that fit in with your decor and you have to look at it and see that it’s also a holiday decoration LOL!!

      Thanks for the sweet comment!


  30. Brittany B. says:

    this is so cool!

    • Brittany B. » Thanks Brittany!! The gobbles make me smile LOL!

      Have a super night!!


  31. so dang cute jen. I LOVE IT!

  32. Very cute idea. I love that you only did one in turquoise.

    • Shauna@Satori Design for Living » Thanks Shauna!! I might have a slight obsession with turquoise LOL!

      Have a great night!



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