Thanksgiving Table Runner – Flashback

I am not a cook. There! I’ve admitted it. I can cook but I just don’t like to cook. My interests are in other art forms. That is why I am so thankful that my Dear Handyman {wonderful boyfriend} and his son-in-law both like to cook, especially on Thanksgiving. So, a couple of years ago, to show my appreciation, I made a table runner as a gift. I used all thrifted materials that I found at estate sales because I am all about repurposing and upcycling in my crafting.

Thanksgiving_table_runner

I got the idea for this project because the large bag of felt I had was filled with mostly Autumn colors. I began by using the Sizzix 3 inch Square Finished die to cut the background squares in several colors being careful to save enough for the leaves. I pinned the squares on a large single piece of felt used as the backing. I sewed along all of the edges to hold them in place.

start

Next, I hand-cut 44 leaf shapes {see PDF instructions below}. I moved the leaves around until I was happy with the color combination. I sewed diagonal lines through the center of all of the leaves.

detail

To finish it off, I hand-sewed vintage buttons in the center of each leaf where they intersected.

Table_runner_top

Here is a PDF template for the leave shape.

Thanksgiving_Table_Runner_instructions

I am thankful for so much in my life. Happy Thanksgiving!

About Lynda

Senior Product Design for Sizzix and lifelong crafter on a mission to make the world prettier, one project at a time. I share my fun and crazy life with my English boyfriend, race-car-driving son and Carly, an Australian Shepherd mix dog. Please join me on this creative adventure.

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