One way to bring the Thanksgiving holiday into your home, as well as create something that can be cherished and used again, and even handed down from generations after, is most likely one of the easiest crafts to be done at home. It will take some time however, so if you are up for it and are inspired by the idea of creating something you and your family can hold on to for years to come, then you can follow this step by step guide to creating your own Thanksgiving table cloth.
Before you can begin to assemble your table cloth, you must first gather the necessary materials. You will need pieces of fabric that you may have laying around your house (such as bits of old dresses or sheets or blankets or even materials you purchased at the store) as long as they are all in squares of the same size. It will be much easier to assemble your table cloth if these fabric swatches are all the same sized squares. Next, you will need a sewing needle (or if you are more comfortable you can try using a sewing machine) and some thread. Depending on whether or not you want your stitches to show and give your table cloth a more homey type of feeling or not will depend on the color of thread that you purchase. Also, when picking out fabric swatches, it is essentially your choice as to what pieces of fabric you want to use, but this is a Thanksgiving table cloth, so you should stay close to burnt reds and orange colors and themes of the fall season.
Once you have gathered your materials, you can then begin to assemble your table cloth. A good rule to follow would be to gather all your fabric swatches (preferably the same size squares) and lay them out on the floor or any open space where they will have enough room. This will help you see how large your table cloth is going to look once you have sewn together all of your squares, as well as allow you to rearrange squares that you might want to place next to one another. You wouldn’t want to create a beautiful table cloth that wouldn’t fit over your table on Thanksgiving dinner, and laying them out helps you to visualize the size before you begin to sew.
After your swatches have been laid out and you have a good idea of what your table cloth will look like, you can then begin to sew the pieces together. Start with a corner piece and work your way across the row, then begin at the next row underneath that, and so on and so forth.
One thing to keep in mind about this table cloth is that it can get dirty if you eat on it, and it might be best to use for decoration before your Thanksgiving meal. You can place a plastic table cloth over this one while you and your loved ones are eating, and then remove it when the meal is over. This bright and festive table cloth is a wonderful way to welcome in the holiday and welcome friends and family into your home. If you so choose, this can be a center pieces for a coffee table or any other flat surface area of your home, just remember the size will have to be altered. This piece can be passed down to the next generation where they can tend to the mending that will sooner or later have to be done. Either way, you can’t go wrong with creating something of your own design and reusing it time and time again.