Close your eyes and envision a gorgeous handmade table ready for your feast. A simple linen tablecloth adorned with beautifully styled pumpkins atop handmade cloth leaves. To complete the look, the place settings are accompanied by lovely fabric napkins wrapped in stunning hand styled rings. Can you see it? Yes, it’s last minute, but it can still be done. A little time, a few materials and these wonderful “under an hour” projects will create holiday memories full of handmade thankfulness!
Easy to Sew Fall Dinner Napkins
Stef of the Girl Inspired blog has a terrific technique for quickly stitching a whole stack of dinner napkins! Perfect for your handmade table, you’ll love her simple method for folding and pressing lovely sharp corners. Plan on 1 yard of 45” wide fabric for every 4 napkins. Be sure to pre-wash so there’ll be no shrinkage when they’re laundered after dinner! To complete the beauty of Stef’s napkin design, check out the link to those delightful handmade acorn napkin rings she’s included in her post. Click here for the Easy Dinner Napkins tutorial.
Felt and Burlap Napkin Rings
If you’d like to go leafy with your napkin rings, pop over to the Real Coake blog and follow KC’s tutorial. Quickly assembled from felt and burlap, KC offers three design options for your handmade table. Stiffened felt and wired burlap ribbon are the main ingredients for these charming rings. You may also want hot glue for the final assembly, although a bit of hand stitching would be a secure alternative. Mix up color combos and styles for a festively eclectic look on your table or make them all the same. KC includes a link to her tea light rings, too! Click here for the Felt and Burlap Napkin Ring tutorial.
Free Motion Stitched Fall Leaves
The napkins are ready, so let’s add a fabulous handmade table centerpiece, too. We’ll begin with the sumptuous Free Motion Stitched Leaves designed by Heidi for Bernina’s We All Sew blog. Heidi’s detailed steps will quickly lead you through the joys of leaf creation using tulle, stabilizer and beautiful threads. Coats Trilobal Machine Embroidery Thread offers a marvelous selection of forest-perfect colors for your choosing! Make as many as you have time for and combine them with the super-quick-to-stitch fabric leaves shown below. Click here for the Free Motion Stitched Leaves tutorial.
Scrap Fabric Leaf Table Topper
On the Felt Magnet blog, you’ll find beautifully easy fabric leaves to add to the Free Motion Leaves shown above. Creative designer Claudia outlines a simple process for making a dozen or more leaves in just an hour for your handmade table. Following her clearly written steps, you’ll sandwich fabric and batting, cut leaves and stitch the veins for a “just fell off the tree” look. Quilt basting spray will be a great tool to hold your layers together while you work! To make these super-easy, Claudia includes a video link to show her leaf making process. Add Coats Dual Duty, Metallic Embroidery or Multicolor Quilting Thread to Claudia’s instructions and you’ll have the perfect pairing for turning your leaves into a runner! Click here for the Scrap Fabric Leaf Table Runner tutorial.
15 Minute Monogrammed Pumpkin
Quick and inexpensive, this elegant Monogrammed Pumpkin is the perfect personal touch to top the leaves on your handmade table. Create one with your family initial, tuck it in with the fabric pumpkins shown below or perch it amongst scattered natural gourds. Just a little bit of machine embroidery experience is needed for this super-quick 15 Minute design created by Lisa for the We All Sew blog. You’ll love how Lisa uses a faux pumpkin under the plushy fabric and her simple method for centering the monogram! Click here for the 15 Minute Monogrammed Pumpkins tutorial.
DIY Fabric Pumpkins with Homemade Stems
Julia Ann’s Fabric Pumpkins are the final touch for your handmade table centerpiece! Surround your Monogrammed Pumpkin with these charmers from her Oh Julia Ann blog and all you’ll need are the plates and platters. Start with the Model Magic stems as they’ll need a little time to totally dry. The key to this fabulous centerpiece is multiples so plan a variety in luscious cotton prints or classic velvet solids. The twine tying is the key to turning your “stuffed fabric sack” into a realistic pumpkin shape. Click here for the Fabric Pumpkins tutorial.