DIY Thanksgiving Placemats and Table Runners

DIY Thanksgiving Placemats and Table Runners

Start a new tradition by setting your table with DIY Thanksgiving Placemats and Table Runners! The nice thing about many of these designs (one of the nice things!) is that they are a good home dec fit throughout the fall. So, if you like to avoid uni-taskers and get more mileage out of your creations, you can make one of the pretty autumn leaf designs. Appropriate for Thanksgiving, but more versatile.

Some are no-sew simple projects that you can whip up in a few minutes. Or you can take more time to stitch or stencil a more elaborate design. It’s okay to make an heirloom, but you don’t have to! Whatever you choose, your guests with thank you for setting such a beautiful table!

Need to keep the kids busy? Send them outside to collect leaves! With some imagination and artful arranging they become tail feathers on a Turkey Leaf Placemat. Bombshell Bling shows you how, step by step. You will want to make sure that the leaves are completely dry before gluing to the paper background. Laminated in plastic, spills wipe up easily.

Pick coordinating fabrics you love to make these easy Thanksgiving Placemats. There are just two fabrics (maybe a third if you want something different on the back), so it’s a pretty simple fabric store adventure. A quilt shop will have everything you need. A beginner-friendly sewing project from Bugaboo City, once you get the hang of these, you can make them for any occasion. Great hostess gifts, too!

Long table or short table, you can make this Skinny Simple Table Runner to fit just right. The narrow profile leaves plenty of room for your Thanksgiving table settings. Polka Dot Chair‘s instructions include photos of each step. This is a great project if you want to try quilting, but don’t want to commit to a big project.

Get double duty from the Reversible Holiday Table Runner by using different fabrics on the back – which will become the front for another occasion! If you enjoy Simply Notable‘s process, you can decorate your table all year with just a few reversible pieces. Instructions for several sizes are included, and the pattern is fat quarter friendly.

This looks like you sewed it, but it’s a No-Sew Fall Leaf Runner to decorate your table. The Everyday Home used a waffle-weave fabric, but also recommends linen or burlap. The hem is secured with Stitch Witchery. Heat ‘n Bond attaches the felt leaves and a hot glue gun takes care of the decorative trim.

Inspired by leaves collected on a nature walk, Kids-Made Felt Leaf Table Runner includes young friends and family in Thanksgiving preparations.  No background needed, fabric glue attaches the felt leaves. Hello, Wonderful machine sews details on each leaf. Stitching by hand with embroidery floss or perle cotton works, too! No thread at all is also an option.

Fallen Leaves Table Runner adds a casual look to your Thanksgiving table with a burlap background, scattered fabric leaves and giant rick-rack trim.  A Bright Corner attaches the hand-cut fabric leaf shapes (she used leftover scraps from another project) with fusible web. Then she did some free-form quilting around the edges of the leaves to secure them to the background.

Fall Table Runner, try this free pattern from Cornbread and Beans. The traditional piecing set on point looks like it might be spinning like a windmill. Strip piecing makes this a quick little table quilt that looks more complex than it really is. Hints on color placement ensure design success for beginning quilters.

For a pieced and quilted

With stencils and acrylic craft paint, you can create an artful Fall Painted Table Runner. There are lots of stencil designs to choose from! Sew Woodsy shows you how to line up the stencil to repeat the pattern without big gaps or overlaps. They use a foam craft paint roller instead of a stencil brush to apply the paint for a faster finish. Clever!

No sewing! Not a stitch! Artificial leaves from the floral department embellish the Fall Burlap Table Runner and add a nice dimension to your Thanksgiving table. Dream Book Design arranged the leaves for an ombré effect, which is quite striking. You could go monochrome or stripey or scattered colors if you prefer.

So many great ideas for you to make your own DIY Thanksgiving Placemats and Table Runners. See all of our Fall decorating ideas on Create Whimsy!


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