Decorating for Thanksgiving: 26 Unexpected Thanksgiving Crafts to Sew

By: Annie Rosean, Editor, AllFreeSewing
Decorating for Thanksgiving 26 Unexpected Thanksgiving Crafts to Sew

It's no secret that Thanksgiving is one of those trickier holidays to decorate your home for. What with the meal to prepare and all the coordination with other family members, sometimes you just don't have time to get your home into the proper Thanksgiving spirit. Decorating for Thanksgiving: 26 Unexpected Thanksgiving Crafts gives you ways to create and celebrate one of the nation's most beloved holidays.

These autumnal designs will have you giving thanks over all of the innovative projects to sew. Learn how to sew napkins, decor, and surprising Thanksgiving crafts for this year's holiday. This collection has a bountiful array of table decorations for Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving patterns for the home, and many more holiday sewing patterns you'll be so thankful for.

Plus, if you're looking for even MORE Thanksgiving ideas, make sure to check out our complete holiday guide of 180+ Free Thanksgiving Sewing Projects!

Thanksgiving Home Decorations

If you're hosting dinner this year, you'll want your house to look appropriately festive for the occasion. Make decorating for Thanksgiving a cinch with these Thanksgiving decorating ideas. In this section, you'll find tutorials for how to make pumpkins, pillows, banners, and more. All these sewing projects are quick and easy, so you won't have to worry about allotting even more time on top of your hosting responsibilities.

  • Reversible Halloween/Thanksgiving Pillow

    The best part about this holiday craft idea is that you can use it for more than one holiday to maximize its use! Decorations can be expensive, but with this double sided pillow, you will have an adorable piece of DIY home decor that you can leave up all autumn long.

  • Garden Fresh Fabric Tomatoes and Pumpkins

    Think outside the sewing box and make these garden fresh fabric tomatoes and pumpkins! This pumpkin craft is great for Halloween or Thanksgiving, and the free sewing pattern is easy to make.

  • Fantastic Fall Pumpkin

    Use this easy DIY pumpkin tutorial to make these cute creations. You can even transform them into jack o' lanterns with some felt scraps.

  • Fall Wreath

    Learn how to make a wreath that features festive fall pumpkins when you check out this tutorial. Unlike many other wreath ideas where you have to buy store-bought pieces, this is truly a sewn wreath.

  • Scrap Buster Fall Pillow

    Use this fall craft idea to learn how to make a decorative pillow for fall. The scrap buster fall pillow features colorful leaves made of scrap fabrics, arranged in the shape of an autumn tree.

  • 3-in-1 Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

    Give your home an amazing, budget-friendly DIY makeover for Turkey Day with this 3-in-1 Thanksgiving decorating idea. This tutorial shows you how to make a pillow, banner, and wooden sign that will create a festive atmosphere for Thanksgiving.

  • Autumn Orange Thanksgiving Bunting

    Looking for fun, unique Thanksgiving decoration ideas? This bunting is a bold, bright way to put your guests in the holiday spirit. You can make this simple DIY bunting so easily and quickly that you'll want to make one for every room in your house.

Table Decorations for Thanksgiving

The tablescape is one of the most important components of decorating for Thanksgiving! You'll want your dinner table to look resplendent for your guests—but you probably won't want to spend much time and money on it! The following Thanksgiving table decoration ideas include easy, inexpensive patterns for sewing table runners, tablecloths, napkins, and much more. With these Thanksgiving crafts at your fingertips, your table is sure to look as amazing as your food tastes!

  • Vintage Towel Bib

    This project is one of those easy sewing projects that will barely cost you a thing to make. Learn how to refashion a homemade baby bib by transforming a vintage kitchen towel into a brand new piece.

  • Maple Leaf Coasters

    Make quick and easy maple leaf coasters to protect your coffee table in style. These easy fall crafts show you how by using scraps of felt.

  • Harvest Raggedy Quilted Coasters

    These shabby-chic coasters are perfect for resting a steaming mug of apple cider on. Make some harvest raggedy quilted coasters with this easy fall craft and your home will be decked out for autumn.

  • Easy Bread Bag

    Check out this bag sewing tutorial to learn how to sew a bag that will keep all your homemade bread fresh. Bags like this are easy to make, and you get to choose whichever fabrics you like best!

  • Modern Thanksgiving Table Topper

    A combination of 70s-inspired patchwork and basic quilting techniques, this table runner tutorial is the perfect way to create some cute Thanksgiving decor ahead of November. This DIY table runner is a wonderful way to show off your favorite fall colors and can easily be displayed throughout the entire fall season.

  • Thanksgiving Tablecloth

    This Thanksgiving tablecloth is festive yet stylish enough to use year round. The gorgeous, trendy fabrics are sure to contribute to an elegant Thanksgiving feast, with a subtle hint of autumn that won't overpower the room.

  • 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 these festive napkins.

  • Harvest Table Runner

    Your guests will be so impressed by your sewing expertise when they see this gorgeous table runner during Thanksgiving dinner. The bright colors and floral fabric are perfect for blustery autumn weather.

  • 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.

  • Vintage Embroidered Thanksgiving Bread Cloth

    Follow this free sewing pattern to create delicate, fancy stitching that harkens back to the beauty of a bygone time. The autumn shades will subtly complement your other Thanksgiving table decor without being too flashy.

  • Ruffled Fall Table Runner

    This easy project gives your dining room a great touch of autumn. The ruffles create a great texture, while the crisp pattern gives it a fall feel. This table runner will be great for Thanksgiving too.

More Thanksgiving Patterns for Sewing

Looking for even more miscellaneous crafts for Thanksgiving? You've come to the right place! Here, we've got a hodge-podge of fantastic Thanksgiving ideas, including centerpieces, potholders, and even a genius Thanksgiving countdown calendar. If you didn't find what you were looking for above, you're sure to find it here!

  • Roast Turkey Costume

    Use this turkey Thanksgiving craft to learn how to sew a costume for your child to wear. When you bring our your baby dressed in this adorably goofy ensemble, your Thanksgiving guests will be so surprised and impressed by your handiwork.

  • Yo Yo Pumpkin

    Make a yo-yo pumpkin with this adorable autumn craft project! These stacked orange yo-yos make the perfect pumpkins to decorate for the season.

  • Beautiful Bowl Cover Tutorial

    These covers shouldn't substitute for freshness sealers, but they will definitely keep your handmade home accessories looking brand new. The bugs outside won't be flocking to your food, but the people will.

  • "Let's Eat" Potholder

    This easy potholder pattern is sure to impress all your dinner guests. All you need to make these free sewing patterns is some scrappy fabric and an hour of your time.

  • Pumpkin Trio Pincushion Tutorial

    Make yourself an adorable pincushion with this quick pumpkin pincushion tutorial! This would look adorable on a table top or mantel for the fall season and could also make a great gift.

  • Pretty Painted Turkey Craft

    This adorable turkey is a great example of Thanksgiving craft ideas that will create a festive mood without costing you a fortune. The hand painted look is charming and fits perfectly with other DIY rustic home decor.

  • Thanksgiving Advent Calendar

    Use this free sewing project to make your own 12 days of Thanksgiving Advent calendar, a fun spin on the traditional Advent calendar. This Thanksgiving craft is great for teaching children how to count down the days until Thanksgiving.

  • Give Thanks Quilted Cards

    These DIY cards make wonderful Thanksgiving table decorations that will make your dinner guests feel loved and appreciated. You can customize the intricate quilted patchwork on the front of the card with different fabrics and designs.

How does your family celebrate Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments!

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