DIY: Fabric Appliqué Thanksgiving Placemat {no sew}

Use up your fabric scraps and burlap bits to make this quick and easy Thanksgiving placemat.  This project was designed for Plaid.  For more crafty ideas… check out all of our Plaid projects here and visit our “All About Cathie and Steve” board at Pinterest.

What you will need:
Fall themed fabric
Burlap fabric
Foam paintbrush
Mod Podge Fabric
Mod Podge Craft Glue
Felt leaf rim


1. Cut a fall leaf shape from the fabrics. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge Fabric to the back of the leaves. Working on the corner of the placemat, glue the leaves to the corner. Tear a strip of fabric to fit the side edge of the placemat, attach with Mod Podge Fabric.

2. Glue a strip of felt leaves down the edge and cut leaves to the leaves. Glue a button in the center of the leaf motif.

DIY Scissor Cut Fabric Leaves for Your Thanksgiving Table

Fabric Leaves – with Mod Podge Stiffy

These leaves are so easy to make and create an elegant look. {{great for using up scraps of fabric}} Sprinkle them on the table, create garland with them or eyelet them together to make place-card holders.

DIY Fall Leaf Table Runner and Candle Sticks

fall candleholders and table runner Adorned Candle Sticks & Velvet leaf Runner

To create the runner, cut a strip of brown felt slightly longer than the length of your table and 15” wide. Hot glue velvet leaves all over the runner in a random pattern.

Jazz up candle holders by tying bundles of faux pumpkins and flowers around the center of the candle holder. Look for velvet leavers and mini pumpkins at your local craft store.

Paint a Modern Table Runner with Blue Painter’s Tape

table runner Rustic Pumpkin Centerpiece & Modern Table Runner

On the table runner the simple and modern shapes were created with low tack painter’s tape and FolkArt fabric paint. By combining the metallic bronze and chocolate brown this project is perfect for fall holidays.

Table Runner Materials
FolkArt Fabric Paint – 4429 Metallic Solid Bronze
Store bought cotton or linen table runner
Scotch painter’s tape corners – 2 rolls
Foam paintbrush
Wax paper
Iron and board

1. Iron the table runner to remove any wrinkles. Choose a work surface where the runner can sit for the duration of the project. Place the runner with a sheet of wax paper under it on the work surface.

2. Adhere the corner tape pieces to the runner in your desired position. (We made this design in blocks of 4 corners.) Press down on each piece of tape to ensure the edges are firmly against the fabric. If needed, use a ruler to help you center the pieces.

3. Pour a small amount of paint onto a plastic plate or palette, dab the brush into the paint and tap off the excess. You will want a semi-dry brush for this project. For best results, paint in an “up and down” fashion rather then side to side. Paint the entire runner.

4. All the paint to dry and allow to air dry for 24 hours. Heat set with a dry iron and a pressing cloth. Handwash only after 72 hours.

Simple Place Setting

simple table setting
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had several folks email me about proper table setting and what to do about holiday entertaining, if you don’t have a full set of china. Over the next few days, I’ll post the “ins and outs” of table setting etiquette, tips & tricks, and ideas for those who are just starting out and only have the basic pieces.

Here is a simple place setting using just a plate, flatware and 1 wine glass.

Flatware: Forks are placed on the left hand side of the plate, while knives and spoons are on the right. The cutlery to be used first is placed on the far left and right (salad fork or small spoon. The blade of the knife should always place towards the plate.

Napkin: The napkin should be placed on the left of the plate, under the forks or in the center of the plate.

Glass: The wine glass should be placed on the right side, just above the plate.