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30 Sewing Ideas for Thanksgiving and Fall

By: Annie Rosean, Editor of AllFreeSewing
Updated October 23, 2018
30 Sewing Ideas for Thanksgiving and Fall

Find festive and fun projects from this roundup of 17 Sewing Ideas for Thanksgiving and Fall. As far as autumnal projects go, DIY home decor and wearable crafts are the best of the bunch. Use these Thanksgiving crafts to create a seasonal oasis in your home that will make any cold temperatures seem mild. Your home will look and feel welcoming thanks to these simple sewing projects that involve table decor, kids’ crafts, and more. Use these simple sewing projects for Turkey Day or the entire season.

This adorable collection of Thanksgiving sewing ideas is comprised of ideas for your entire family, making it absolutely easy to sew up something for everyone who might come to your dinner. From adorable wearable projects for kids to decorative placemats, this little list of projects is sure to make your Thanksgiving far more festive.

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Simple Thanksgiving Sewing Projects

Sewing ideas for Thanksgiving should be fun and simple. After all, it’s a busy time of year, and you can’t spend hours on a project when there’s so much to do. These Thanksgiving crafts are easy to sew but still maintain a high level of festivity. Find out how to make DIY home decor that extends to your kitchen, dining, and living room from this roundup of crafts for Thanksgiving. 

  • Gold Leaf Placemat Pattern

    These foil-embellished, quilted free placemat patterns make an ideal gift for anyone who enjoys setting a beautiful holiday table. Add a touch of gold with these stunning placemats and impress all of your dinner guests.

  • Festive Felt Napkin Rings and Placecards

    Your guests will be in awe of these adorable, simple table decorations. The fall leaf design is not only appropriate for Thanksgiving, but can also be used throughout the autumn season.

  • Turkey Time Quilt

    When turkey time rolls around, celebrate by learning how to make a seasonal quilt that's fun to sew. Decorating for Thanksgiving has never been this adorable!

  • Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Holder Pattern

    The cute little gobber is sure to be a hit at your big family dinner as you pull your delicious Thanksgiving roast from the oven. The easy pot holder pattern features a free print-out design, so creating it is quick and simple.

  • Burlap Table Runner

    Make your November cute and cozy this year with this table runner. Unlike other Thanksgiving decorations, this one does not revolve around turkeys, but what actually matters: family. Of course, whatever word holds significance for your household will look incredible embossed on this gorgeous decoration.

  • Turkey Placecard Holder or Pin Cushion

    This tiny stuffed turkey can serve as a placecard holder at Thanksgiving dinner or as a cute Thanksgiving pin cushion. These simple felt turkeys are a perfect way to create a festive holiday atmosphere without spending a fortune on store-bought decorations.

  • Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Style Napkins

    If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner, why not decorate the table with homemade napkins? Use this simple Thanksgiving craft to make Thanksgiving arts and crafts style napkins.

  • Scraptacular Turkey Time Apron

    DIY aprons that use up your scraps and allow you to create festive pieces are worth working on. Thanks to this six-step tutorial, you'll easily transform unwanted fabric into a turkey-embellished apron that's funny and functional.

  • Colorful Thanksgiving Napkins

    You don't have to go to great lengths to get these amazing napkins; they are as simple as sewing a colorful boarder around linen napkins you already have. Be sure to sew up a bunch of them for your Thanksgiving dinner!

  • Festive Fall Thanksgiving Napkins

    Follow this tutorial to learn how to make napkins that will put everyone in a thankful, giving mood. These napkins are so easy to make that you'll have one for each of your guests in no time.

  • Last Minute Thanksgiving Tablecloth

    In just a few minutes, you can transform colorful dishtowels into a tablecloth that will amaze your dinner guests. You can even use old towels that you already have, saving you more money and time.

  • Gobble Hot Pad Pattern

    Make a turkey hot pad just in time for Thanksgiving! It's made using felt and basic paper piecing, and it's an easy project for beginner sewists.

  • Shake Your Tailfeather Placemat Tutorial

    This cute turkey is just the right piece of DIY home decor for November. Plus, its tailfeathers hold silverware, so it's absolutely the most charming way to set the kids' table!

Kids' Thanksgiving Craft Ideas

As the weather starts to cool and the kids can stay outside for only so long, find some simple sewing projects that they can create and enjoy. Help them along with DIY tee shirts that emit an autumnal feel or teach them how to make a turkey with nothing more than fabric, stuffing, a needle and thread. Resourcefulness is key to these Thanksgiving crafts for kids. Teach them how to create from just a little material with these crafts for kids.

  • The Traditional Turkey Handprint

    Learn how to make a turkey that will last longer than your Thanksgiving dinner with this tutorial. Even after your child's hand has outgrown this outline, you'll love taking out this softie year after year.

  • Gobble Gobble Tee

    Thanksgiving crafts like this one will be worn proudly all throughout November by your little ones. Even for those who aren't artistically inclined, this DIY shirt is easy to put together, thanks to the simple instructions.

  • Ruffled Turkey Tee for Girls

    This adorable turkey embellishment has ruffled feathers and looks great on any shirt. This easy sewing project is a Thanksgiving craft your little girl will love.

  • Handprint Turkey Softie

    This simple tutorial takes a unique, beautiful twist on the traditional handprint turkey Thanksgiving craft by adding color, feathers, and other intricate details. Add these adorable turkeys to your table or display them throughout your home to create a festive Thanksgiving atmosphere.

  • Appliqued Thanksgiving Bib Pattern

    Keep the gravy off your baby by dressing him in this adorable appliqued Thanksgiving bib. Make this simple Thanksgiving craft for yourself too, or for any other messy eater in your life.

  • I Love Turkey Tee

    Pay homage to everyone's favorite part of Thanksgiving with this t-shirt. It's an easy turkey craft that your son or grandson will love to wear. Make a festive outfit for your little butterball with this Thanksgiving craft.

  • Gobble, Gobble Kid Shirt

    Make sure that your kids celebrate this holiday the right way with this adorable T-shirt. This pattern couldn't get any easier; you can use an old shirt that is already made. Simply sew on the turkey and its feathers!

  • Scrappy Turkey Baby Bib

    Learn how to make a bib using your fabric scraps that will have your baby ready for Thanksgiving dinner in no time. This cute and colorful DIY bib is sure to steal all the attention at the dinner table.

  • Lil' Turkey No-Sew Onesie

    This adorable onesie is a great way to get free baby clothes without investing a lot of time or money in a sewing project. It's as simple as ironing on a few scraps of fabric.

More Fall Sewing Projects

Ideas for Thanksgiving and fall just don’t end when you know how to sew! Use these fall sewing patterns to create even more seasonal surprises to put around your home. These DIY home decor ideas are so stylish and evergreen that you’ll want to keep them around your house past fall and through winter. Give these dynamite designs a try by browsing through the selection below.

  • Everlasting Fall Leaves

    Decorating for Thanksgiving or any fall festivity just got a lot more fun thanks to this tutorial on DIY tabletop decor. Instead of watching those gorgeous golds, reds, and yellows disappear with the frost, keep these colors by learning how to sew leaves that look like the real thing. Your table will look delightful with these awesome autumnal hues spread around it.

  • Bird Lover Embroidered Coaster

    These wool coasters are thick and will help protect your tables. Use an embroidery stitch to add your favorite bird to the fabric, turning your coaster into a conversation piece.

  • Braided T-Shirt Coaster

    Give an old t-shirt a new look by turning it into something you need. This tutorial will show you how to refashion your old clothes into coasters that serve all your kitchen needs.

  • Scrappy Patchwork Placemats

    These DIY placemats can be sewn using any leftover scraps of fabric you have from other sewing projects. Mix and match your fabric scraps to make lovely placemats that will keep your table free of food and rings.

  • 2 Hour Stack and Slash Table Runner

    Find four different but cohesive fabric patterns to create a lovely table runner. This easy table runner pattern calls for using the single fold binding method and can be completed in two hours.

  • Cad-a-Log Firewood Carrier

    Made from faux leather, canvas and thread, you can rely on strong support from this DIY caddy. Picture this strong firewood carrier next to your hearth, packed and ready to serve on a crisp day.

  • Luxurious Wool Blanket

    Created much like a whole cloth quilt, this how to make a blanket pattern shows you how to bind a piece of super warm and cozy wool to make an insanely easy blanket. You will not believe how professional the final product is with this DIY blanket tutorial.

  • Falling Leaves Pillow

    Make your home cozy this fall and make throw pillows in warm autumn colors. This pillow will be a favorite among your Thanksgiving guests as well! This adorable DIY pillow will give your home a warm, cozy fall atmosphere for the entire autumn season without costing you a fortune.

How do you like to decorate for Thanksgiving? Leave your answer below in the comments!

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