Fall leaves with their magnificent colors are an amazing sight and it’s always sad to see them go. These five Fall Leaf Sewing projects will help you bring the beauty indoors and preserve it in your décor!
Leafy Fall Tree Pillow
Charming and delightful, this Fall Leaf Sewing project is the perfect accent for your sofa or chair. Allison of the Cluck Cluck Sew blog designed this whimsical, scrappy pillow to use up leftover fabrics you may already have in your stash. Allison free cut her leaves, but we’re not all quite that bold. If cutting witout a pattern makes you nervous, make yourself a template to use. When it’s time to secure your leaves to the pillow front, choose the stitch you want to use around your leaves. You’ll appreciate Allison’s recommendations and valuable tips for quick stitching. The post includes excellent hints on making a sturdy pillow cover that will hold up to lots of use, too. Click here for the Leafy Fall Tree Pillow tutorial.
Quick Fall Leaf Pillow
Company’s coming and the sofa looks a little dull? Amy of the Positively Splendid blog has the perfect Fall Leaf Sewing project for you! Her simple, but stunning and quick pillow is so easy you can make several to dress up that sofa in no time. Although her design uses a pre-made felt leaf, you may want to create your own. An online search will yield lots of template possibilities, but gathering real leaves to use would be piles of fun, too. The leaf is secured with a basic straight stitch – you may have a favorite decorative stitch you’d like to use. Construction is simple once your leaf is secured and Amy includes a link to her Envelope Pillow How-To to guide you safely through. Click here for the Quick Fall Leaf Pillow tutorial.
Modern Maple Leaf Table Runner
Traditional Fall colors are stunning, but this modern take on Fall Leaf Sewing is spectacular! Devon from the Miss Make blog offers a wonderfully comprehensive tutorial for this runner on The Sewing Party blog. Her step-by-step photos and instructions are clear, so even a beginner could make this Modern Maple Leaf Table Runner. As Devon suggests, it would also make a gorgeous wall hanging! The runner is constructed from 14” blocks that you could easily multiply for a throw or bed quilt, too. Your leaves, your choice! Click here for the Modern Maple Leaf tutorial.
Pieced Maple Leaf Coasters
The Maple Leaf Coasters I found on the Landauer Publishing blog are an excellent complement to Devon’s Modern Leaf Runner! Stitch them in matching colors and your décor will take on a designer look that you’ll enjoy using year after year. Click here to visit Landauer’s Free Projects page, then scroll down to the fourth project to download the Maple Leaf Coaster PDF pattern.
Fall Leaves Burlap Table Runner
Softly falling leaves scattered across a burlap ground? Yes, please! Leslie of The Seasoned Homemaker blog designed a Fall Leaf Sewing project you can stitch up in about an hour. Leslie used a set of leaf designs she purchased. Leaf motifs traced from a coloring book, downloaded online or created with real leaves will work, too. When laying out your “random” scatter of leaves, stand back and carefully consider their placement. Re-work the arrangement until you’re pleased and smiling! Choose contrasting thread as Leslie suggests or matching to blend your stitches into the leaves. Leslie also includes a free applique e-book and video if you suffer from appli-trauma. And, wouldn’t these make superb coasters, too? Add a felt backing to create good surface protection and consider giving the whole set as a gift. Click here for the Fall Leaves Burlap Runner tutorial.
So, as the falling leaves drift by your window, you’ll be inside sewing beautiful décor for the season! Before you start stitching, think about the fabrics you’ll use and where your project will be displayed. If it’s for a friend or family member, consider their décor. Several projects use scraps, but you can’t always find what you need in your stash. I found a fabulous selection of leaf fabrics on the Free Spirit web site. Click here to check it out for leafy inspiration!