The falling leaves drift by my window . . . . . The colors are fading and the drifting has slowed, but you can creatively extend the glory of the season with Acorn and Leaf Table Decor. They’ll be gorgeous now and perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday!
You’ll love the charming Fall themed runner and coaster designs I’ve found for you. They’re simple, quick and versatile and I have lots of hints and ideas for ways they can be made and used. Let’s start with a quick tour of three Acorn and Leaf Table Decor designs from three clever Fall-loving bloggers.
Adorable Acorn Coasters
These sweet Acorn Coasters are truly adorable! Leslie of The Seasoned Homemaker blog used bits of Fall colored fabrics and quilt batting to stitch up clever, practical representatives of the mighty oak tree. Her directions are full of great images and she’s provided a PDF download for the pattern pieces. You can try a little decorative stitching on the acorn crown to add pizazz and uniqueness to your Acorn and Leaf Table Decor. It would be fun to make each acorn different! Click here for Leslie’s Acorn Coaster tutorial.
Maple Leaf Coasters
These beautiful wool felt leaf coasters are easy and delightful to make. They’ll be a great addition to your Acorn and Leaf Table Decor projects and become excellent protectors of your wood surfaces! Ellen Baker of The Long Thread blog writes lovely crafty books full of wonderful plans. For Fall fun, she generously shares this free tutorial and a PDF leaf template on her blog. You’ll need wool felt in leafy hues, a little interfacing and contrasting thread to stitch the veins. The new and marvelous Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Craft thread would be just right for hand stitching. If you plan to machine stitch, use Dual Duty Plus Topstitching thread to give your veins a woodsy-bold look. Click here for Ellen’s Maple Leaf Coasters tutorial.
Felt Leaf Runner
You can make a gorgeous windy-drift of leaves for your table using wool or craft felt and a little bit of time at the sewing machine. Fawnda shared this easy project on the Fave Crafts blog and it’s full of possibilities. Although there’s no template provided, you’ll have fun choosing leaves to use as patterns from clip art, coloring books or the internet. Feel free to vary your leaf shapes and play with the colors! Fawnda used brown thread for the leaf veins and to stitch them together as a runner. This gives the runner a great “fresh from outdoors” look! Click here for the Felt Leaf Runner tutorial.
Six Leafy Things to Think About:
- Easy projects like these require minimal sewing skills. This makes them just right for newbie sewers of any age.
- Be creative with your fabric choices. Fleece could be used instead of felt. Or cotton flannel in solids and plaids could become cozy, raggy style leaves and acorns.
- Mix acorns and leaves together for a unique “designed by me” Acorn and Leaf Table Decor runner, placemat, garland or centerpiece table mat.
- Adorn your sitting area by enlarging any of the leaf and acorn patterns and creating pillow tops for the season.
- Easy, minimal sewing skills. Felt or fleece or cotton as above. Clip art or print from internet for leaf pattern or use above. Brown thread for veins and attaching leaves.
- Honor your Thanksgiving hostess with a lovely , handmade gift of acorn or leaf coasters.
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.