I grew up in a pretty crafty household. My dad was an interior designer (like me) and my mom was a public school teacher with some seriously mad sewing skills. Since we had such a large family and money was often tight, they frequently made their holiday presents. My sister and I always enjoyed helping with these projects but we never anticipated how we would treasure our creations in the years to come. Of all the gifts we made together, my favorite was the holiday tablecloths we gave to each of my grandmothers when I was 7, the same age my daughter is now.
My mom cut a flat bedsheet to the shape and size of each grandmother’s dining table, then trimmed it in red and green fringe. She asked my sister and me to draw “holiday” pictures: a snowman (even though I never saw real snow til college), a Christmas wreath, poinsettia flowers, etc. Since these were the days before fabric paint, my mom then traced all of our drawings in heat-transferable crayons to put them all over the tablecloths. The grandmas were delighted, and used the tablecloths at every Christmas and Thanksgiving for the rest of their lives. My mom now has one of them and uses it every Christmas. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy pointing out my artwork to my kids!
Since my daughter is now “tablecloth age,” I thought it would be fun to continue the tradition with her and her brother. However, lacking my mom’s sewing skills, I thought a table-runner might be a little more my speed. I went to Ikea and picked up 1.5 yards of orange, RAGNA ($4/yard) fabric, which is already the width of a runner and has the long edges already nicely hemmed. Then I fused the short ends with Stitch-Witchery and hand-stitched some cute, brown baby-pom-poms to finish it off. Then? I brought in the kids.
This part was really fun! Fortunately, I had my husband and his sister on hand to help wrangle the kids. We painted their hands and feet with various “fall” colors of fabric paint and decorated the runner with their prints. Then I went in and added some graphic embellishment of my own with more paint, and we all wrote things we are thankful for this year. Here’s the finished product:
This was super easy and fun. And I think my kids will enjoy remembering the crazy time they had making it each Thanksgiving. This year, I think I’ll put it on the coffee table so we can enjoy it in the living room while we have our pie and coffee 🙂
I hope you’ll consider crafting with your kids this Thanksgiving. (Be sure and stop by my blog, www.nachomamasblog.com, for a BONUS craft-even easier than this one!) I guarantee you’ll be thankful you spent time making something beautiful together, this year and for many Thanksgivings to come.
Happy, Crafty Thanksgiving!
Margo Peters Porras
A professional interior designer and blogger, I’m a grown-up art-school brat with 2 kids, a marriage and a couple of businesses. I love using the visual medium of the internet to connect with people. Along with my design partners, I help our clients create an environment they love at home and/or online. Also? I make killer Sangria. You can read more about me on my personal blog, www.nachomamasblog.com. Looking forward to helping you live, work and play at home. Rock on, Mommy!