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Felt Leaves Table Runner {Joann Craft Challenge!)

I'm excited to another holiday craft as part of Joann Fabric and Craft store's Celebrate the Season craft challenge! This time I've got a modern take on a Thanksgiving #turkeytablescape, and it was as easy as pie! (pumpkin pie perhaps, but pecan is a close second, yum...)

Felt Leaf Table Runner
My table is looking a little more festive after adding my new gray and yellow runner. I'm not super into a traditional colors, so my spin on the classic fall-slash-thanksgiving decor went gray, yellow, and robin's egg blue. I love it!
cute modern fall table runner #myclevernest #turkeytablescapes #joannfabric #grayandyellow

felt leaves table runner #thanksgiving #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

Here's what you'll need!

Supplies:
Several colors of felt (2 square 12 in. sheets of each should be enough)
1 yard burlap, cut lengthwise. This fit perfectly on my 6-8 seater table, with enough to hang over the sides. If you have a smaller table, measure accordingly :)
3D Scribbles fabric paint Winter White
felt leaves table runner #thanksgiving #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

Tools:
scissors
Sewing machine
hot glue gun


Part 1: Leaves
After a quick internet search, I found a nice, basic leaf shape I wanted to use to cut out my leaves. I printed it out on cardstock, cut it out, and used that as a stencil to cut out my little leafies.
template for fall leaves table runner by Clever Nest #turkeytablescapes #joannfabric #yellowandgray
(This is the original size)

template for fall leaves table runner by Clever Nest #turkeytablescapes #joannfabric #yellowandgray

template for fall leaves table runner by Clever Nest #turkeytablescapes #joannfabric #yellowandgray

 I used 108 leaves total (just went back and counted). That's a little over 35 of each color. It might take a few more or less depending on how close you space the leaves, how many you place on the ends, and of course how big your table is.
template for fall leaves table runner by Clever Nest #turkeytablescapes #joannfabric #yellowandgray

I used 3D Scribbles fabric paint in Winter White (an off white) to draw a few leaf-like lines on each leaf, and let them dry for an hour or so. 
template for fall leaves table runner by Clever Nest #turkeytablescapes #joannfabric #yellowandgray

easy fall table runner with felt leaves #myclevernest #turkeytablescapes #joanncraft
I've never used this paint before, but I love it because it has a super fine writing tip, and stays permanent on fabric!
easy fall table runner with felt leaves #myclevernest #turkeytablescapes #joanncraft

Part 2: Burlap
If the thought of hauling out the sewing machine stresses you out, never fear! It would be super easy to grab a plain runner from the 99 Cent store and glue the leaves to that. I chose to bite the bullet and sew my own, since it's usually pretty fast. But not without incident!

I've never worked with burlap before, but I learned two things. One, burlap is the FUZZIEST material. ever. My black pants looked more like faux fur pants after wrestling with it!! And two, if you stare at burlap for about 5 minutes you will see it spontaneously unravel. I was freaked out it might fray beyond control, but thankfully it came togetherr before very many strands had come off.

To save on cost,  I cut two 14 1/2 in. wide x 1 yard strips of burlap and sewed them together in the middle using a 1 inch seam.
easy fall table runner with felt leaves #myclevernest #turkeytablescapes #joanncraft
After I joined the two strips together, I measured, ironed, pinned, and sewed a 1 in. seam on both edges of my runner. And aside from being covered in fuzz, no sweat! Well.. almost.

easy fall table runner with felt leaves #myclevernest #turkeytablescapes #joanncraft
During this time my sewing machine had a royal fit. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but the thread was breaking every few stitches, and the bobbin was spewing out thread like I'd won the bobbin thread lottery.  I finally figured out I had put in the bobbin wrong. So frustrating!

It actually didn't matter much because my felt leaves would cover the seam anyway. (Haha! Stupid bobbin, you will not thwart me!) I folded the bottom 6 in. of the runner together to make a V, and stitched around the whole shape.
easy fall table runner with felt leaves #myclevernest #turkeytablescapes #joanncraft

I flipped over the runner and hot glued leaves along the edges and a few rows on the ends. And done!
cute, modern, and easy! #thanksgivingtable #falltable #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

cute, modern, and easy! #thanksgivingtable #falltable #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

cute, modern, and easy! #thanksgivingtable #falltable #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

candles, fall table setting #tablerunner #felt #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

candles, fall table setting #tablerunner #felt #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest
 See? can't even see my ugly seams hiding underneath!

candles, fall table setting #tablerunner #felt #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest
I'm definitely a sucker for my modern color scheme. Gray and yellow make me happy :)

candles, fall table setting #tablerunner #felt #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

candles, fall table setting #tablerunner #felt #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

I hope you're inspired to create something fun and Thanksgiving-ey of your own! Check out Joann's Celebrate the Season crafters' inspiration page, and craft catalog. And to help get you started, Joann has a special offer for all my readers, a 50% off coupon, woo hoo!
Joann fabric coupon good through 11/30/13 at Clever Nest



    



modern fall table runner #thanksgiving_table #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

This post is part of the Joann Fabric and Craft Stores "Celebrate the Season" campaign. I was compensated for this review, but all opinions are my own.

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