Thanksgiving Crafts

Inspired by this post by Jessica, I decided that it was time for us to have some fall decorations in the spirit of Thanksgiving.

Every year we go around the table and say what we are thankful for, which is almost as precious to me as the food. So how about a reminder for the whole month of November?


To make this I improvised a variation on Amanda Soule’s banners from Handmade Home. I cut cream-colored wool blend felt into approximately 6×8 inch rectangles. I printed out the words GIVE THANKS on regular paper, cut them out, and pinned them to brown felt, which I then cut out. (I tried marking the shapes with chalk, but it didn’t take to the felt. Boo.) Then I sewed the letters onto the squares, leaving more room at the top than the bottom. I just used my machine, but they’d look really nice stitched on by hand. I cut out leaves (see next project for details) to go on either end and between the two words, and sewed them on as well. Then I took nine feet (one roll) of brown stripey grosgrain ribbon and pinned it to the top of each rectangle, spacing them about an inch apart and leaving a foot on either end. I ran the whole thing through my machine, stitching straight across (even where there was no felt). All done!

Then I copied Jessica completely and made this little runner.



I cut a one yard by one foot strip of cream felt, and downloaded and printed the leaves from this page. I cut those out of scraps of red, brown, and gold felt, as I’d done with the letters. Then I sewed them to the cream felt with brown thread, right down the center of each leaf to make a fake vein. I am all about the realism. I’m planning to get another roll of ribbon and sew it around the edges, which will make it look kind of like I backed and bound it even though I totally didn’t.

The pinecones and acorns are things Sam has picked up over the last however long. If we all feel better soon, maybe we will go looking for other lovely seasonal things to display here. Or maybe I will make some out of wool. It will be a surprise! (Watch me not do either.) Or maybe it will just be a table runner. Anything might happen!

9 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Crafts

  1. oslowe

    November 16, 2009 at 2:27pm

    You hung the thingie! All by yourself!

  2. courtney

    November 16, 2009 at 2:31pm

    Oh, that is lovely. I really really think that’s fantastic.
    (Also that is the kind of thing I’d keep up all year just to put myself in check. I need to remind myself more often!)

  3. Sara

    November 16, 2009 at 2:52pm

    Beautiful! It looks fantastic.

  4. Laurie Ann

    November 16, 2009 at 3:17pm

    I love them both (banner and runner). We used these felt leaves strung together on fishing line as decorations for the fundraiser and the whole time I was thinking, “I could make these.” But you beat me to it.

  5. Stephanie

    November 16, 2009 at 6:42pm

    I think I want to make a banner just like that. I wonder if I have everything I’d need. Probably not.

  6. Jenn

    December 30, 2009 at 3:17pm

    Love it! That is a great runner..what a cute idea!

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