How to make a Thanksgiving table runner and napkin rings

The leaves outside are changing colour from green to beautiful shades of gold. Decorate your table to match with these festive felt leaves.

How to make a Thanksgiving table runner
Photography by Paul Chmielowiec
Got a few minutes? Decorate your Thanksgiving table with leaves, the universal symbol of fall. Felt place card holders, napkin rings and a table runner are easy to make, and kids will love helping you with this colourful fall craft. The best part? These leaves don't need any raking.

Here, learn how to adorn your table with a bit of colour with these fresh-fallen leaves on a linen runner

Autumnal table runner (click here to view a larger image of the leaf motif table setting)

You need:
Leaf pattern pieces
• 0.25 m felt in each of several fall colours
• 1 m linen or linen-look fabric
• All-purpose thread to match linen
• Embroidery floss to match felt
• Tapestry needle
• Fabric shears or rotary cutter, acrylic ruler and cutting mat
• Small, sharp scissors
• Straight pins

Note: To make 8 place card holders, 8 napkin rings and the table runner, you need about 0.25 m felt in each of several fall colours (such as red, orange, yellow, green and brown).

To make
1. Cut out actual-size leaf pattern piece; place on felt and secure with pins. Cut out felt around pattern using scissors. Remove pins and pattern. Repeat to make 16 beech leaves, 2 oak leaves and 2 maple leaves.

2. From linen, cut two 44 x 88 cm (18- x 36-in) rectangles. Set one rectangle aside. Fold remaining one in quarters and finger-press folds. Unfold; lay right side up on work surface. In each quadrant, arrange 4 beech leaves in arc (use photo below as guide). Place 1 maple leaf in centre at each short end of oval; place 1 oak leaf in centre at each long end of oval. Pin leaves in place.

3. With coordinating embroidery floss and using backstitch, stitch down centre of each leaf, securing stitching with knot on wrong side.

4. Place linen rectangles right sides together; align edges and pin together, leaving 15 cm (6-in) gap in centre of one short end.

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