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Merriment :: Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving by Kathy Beymer

This is our fifth year hosting Thanksgiving in Chicago for the twelve members of our joint families. Each year we try to do something slightly different for food and table decor.

I constrained myself to come up with an idea solely using things here at home because (a) my craft closet is to the brim and (b) trekking to Joann Fabrics on a cold Sunday in Chicago is none too appealing.

Merriment :: Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving by Kathy Beymer

So using a leftover pack of chocolate paper placecards from our wedding, extra felt from my campfire coffee cozy, and orphaned buttons, I came up with this easy and festive felt leaf concept for the table — no sewing machine required (yay!).

Merriment :: Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving by Kathy Beymer

You’re welcome to use these instructions and templates for free for your own personal use. Anyone using the template simply post a comment below or email me to track its usage.

Supplies:

Table

Felt leaf napkin rings. Print out my free leaf template pattern. Choose one or more leaf shapes and cut out to use as a pattern.

Merriment :: Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving by Kathy Beymer

Trace your leaf pattern onto the gold felt and cut out. Use disappearing ink pen if you can; because mine is dry I used a Sharpie and just cut inside the lines to make up for it.

Merriment :: Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving by Kathy Beymer

Cut your brown rings 7″ wide x 1.5″ tall using a rotary cutter, clear fabric ruler and rotary mat. Measure 1/2″ from the left side and cut a slit halfway through (so your slit will be half of the 1.5″ tall). Repeat on the right side, but make sure the slit is opposite like in the photo above.

Merriment :: Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving by Kathy Beymer

Place your leaf in the middle of the brown ring. Place a small button on top. Sew through the button, leaf and ring using orange embroidery thread. Tie a knot in the back.

Merriment :: Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving by Kathy Beymer

Roll your napkin. Wrap the napkin ring around and slip the napkin ring slits together like so.

Placecards. Open my free template in Adobe Illustator or PowerPoint. Type the names of your guests. I used the Bell Gothic Standard font so if you don’t have it, switch to your desired font.

Merriment :: Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving by Kathy Beymer

Print and cut out the leaves.

Merriment :: Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving by Kathy Beymer

Cut a gold felt square; any shape will be fine. Layer the gold square on top of the placecard, then the leaf and the button. Sew through all layers using orange embroidery thread. Bring on the sweet potatoes and corn casserole!

Merriment :: Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving by Kathy Beymer

Merriment :: Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving by Kathy Beymer

COPYRIGHT NOTE: You’re more than welcome to use this project and pattern for your own personal use. Please post a comment below or email me if you use the template so I can smile when I see that it’s being used.

 
 




32 Responses to “Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving”


  1. Brandi Says:

    These are so cute and simple! Thanks! I plan to use them this year for Thanksgiving!

  2. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Thanks, Lindsey! I hadn’t seen your new Spotlight yet – I just submitted it today. Thanks for thinking of me. And Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Lindsey Says:

    These are so cute! I love the tutorial for this. Would you be interested in submitting this to the Make and Takes spotlight page? I think it would be perfect. http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  4. jennifer Says:

    I hope to use these this Thanksgiving!

  5. Gina Says:

    Nice Thanksgiving idea thank you

  6. Lindsey Says:

    I love this idea! I’m so excited to try it out!

  7. Sarah Says:

    Thanks for the template! Will be using this year! check out my blog and hopefully by Friday I will get some pics up!

  8. Kristy Haight Says:

    I can’t wait to make these for Thanksgiving! I love how beautifully clean and simple they are. Thanks for taking the time to design them and then share them with us!

  9. Sierra Says:

    What a lovely idea — using these this weekend for family Thanksgiving. Thank you!

  10. Joyce Says:

    I hope to use these for my Thanksgiving Table this year. We are expecting probably around 16 to 18 people and not all family so wanted the table to be pretty without a lot of expense. Thank you for letting me use your templates.

  11. Cami Says:

    I will be making these placecards for my table this Sunday (College Kids Fakesgiving)! These are perfect. Where can I send a picture?

  12. Rachel J. Says:

    I’m sharing this on my blog today. :o)

  13. Carrie Says:

    Thanks! I am hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year and hope to be able to use these patterns to help me decorate the table!

  14. Theresa Says:

    I did a post on my blog about felt napkin rings that were pretty cute but your tutorial is great! Thanks I just love the name cards these are super great! Glad I just happened on your site~ I’ll be back again.

  15. Holly Berry Says:

    I am definitely making these for our Thanksgiving spread this year. Thank you so much for sharing!

  16. Carmen Says:

    I love them. I’ll try to make them, too. Thanks for sharing your ideas …and for the instructions!

  17. Karisa Says:

    Thanks for posting all of your great fall projects to the FaveCrafts blog hop! I can’t wait to see what you post next month :)

  18. M Santos Says:

    Am looking forward to using these ideas for this Thanksgiving! thanks

  19. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Dina, that’s a good idea. Definitely great for fall weddings. Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Dina Says:

    its so cute it cn also b used as a wedding theme ide =)

  21. Kate Says:

    Thanks so much for the design!! I’m going to make it, but instead of separate placecards, I’m attaching the name leaves right to the button on the napkin ring (will cut a slit in the cards so they slide on and off). I love it!!!

  22. Eileen Plichta Says:

    Love the super cute felt leaf napkin rings. Would love to use this for our personal Thanksgiving celebration table! Thank you for your great idea!

    -Eileen

  23. Sheri Says:

    These are very cute!! They are simple and crisp and seasonal and I love them! I posted a link for you at childmade.com.

  24. Sara Says:

    Really wonderful! I also made some napkin rings from items I had around the house!
    Check it out…..
    http://www.creativejewishmom.com/2009/09/make-elegant-fall-napkin-rings-that-you-can-use-anytime.html


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