Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Kids love to lend a helping hand when it comes to decorating the table with easy Thanksgiving crafts. These easy-to-make Thanksgiving crafts ideas keep the spirit of the season front and center for children of all ages (and help hungry kids stay occupied until dinner is on the table). With place cards, centerpieces, decor, and more, these easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids will get your home ready for the big day.

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Fall Leaf Applique Blanket

Decorate for fall with cozy throw pillows, inviting table toppers, and other cuddly autumn adornments. These easy-to-make crafts will transform your home into a harvest celebration.

What You'll Need

  • Photocopier
  • Imitation suede in assorted fall colors
  • Pencil
  • Paper-backed fusible webbing
  • Scissors
  • Iron and pressing cloth
  • 1-1/2 yards 72-inch-wide pumpkin-color boiled wool
  • Matching sewing threads
  • Straight pins
  • Powder blush or eye shadow
  • Two 1-1/4 ounce balls of yarn
  • Large-eye sewing needle
  • 7 yards of decorative trim

How To Make It

1. Enlarge leaf patterns

2. Determine how many leaves you will use. For each leaf, select two contrasting colors of imitation suede. Use two 7x11-inch rectangles for each oak leaf and two 8-inch squares for other leaves.

3. Trace one pattern for each desired leaf onto the paper side of fusible webbing, leaving1/2 inch of space between shapes. Cut apart the shapes, leaving excess webbing around each shape.

4. Use an iron without steam and a pressing cloth to fuse webbing shapes onto the wrong side of the imitation suede, following webbing manufacturer's instructions. Cut out the leaves on the traced line; remove the paper backing.

5. For larger leaves, lightly fuse the shapes to the right sides of the contrasting imitation suede. Trim the bottom suede pieces 1/8 inch larger than top leaf shapes.

6. Remove the selvages from the boiled wool. Arrange leaves on the wool; pin in place. Sew leaves in place, stitching through all layers 1/8 inch from the edges of the top leaves. Sew vein lines on the leaves. Dry-brush powder blush or eye shadow on the veins and areas where stems meet leaves.

7. Blanket-stitch around the edges of the throw with one strand of yarn and a large-eye sewing needle, making stitches approximately 1/4 inch long and a scant 1/4 inch apart.

8. Hand-stitch trim to edge of throw.


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