Today is week 1 of the Dare to DIY Party at Kim’s.
I decided to keep things simple for my Thanksgiving DIY project. We don’t have many decorations for holidays other than Christmas, and I’m okay with that. I prefer decor items that are multipurpose, functional,and simple. So I kept my focus on Fall items that I can enjoy all season each year. So, what did I come up with?
I decided to sew some nice linens for our Thanksgiving dinner. Since our dining room is small, our table only seats 6 with the leaf. In order to seat 8 for dinner, we have a second table, which I use as a craft table in my sewing room (as pictured below), that gets moved for dinners. Because our second table is from Ikea and isn’t as pretty, I prefer to cover it up. So, I decided to make a tablecloth for our Ikea table, and place mats for our regular dining room table (also, our regular table is just big enough that 56″ wide home decor fabric wasn’t quite big enough to make a nice tablecloth). This worked perfect as we can use the place mats all year too.
I bought 3.5 yards of the tablecloth fabric which was enough to make the tablecloth as well as 8 place mats. This fabric was on sale for $6 a yard! I also bought 2 yards of the plaid to make a set of 12 napkins. At $3 a yard it was a steal! Total, I spent about $30 on fabric and thread for make everything.
I shopped around and found that a set of napkins easily costs $15 and a tablecloth alone is $25-30. So, I’d say I made a great set of linens for a good price.
In case you’re wondering, the place mat shown above isn’t hemmed yet. I didn’t anticipate quite how long all the ironing and sewing would take and I’m not quite done. I’ve just got to hem all the placements before next week.
Lastly, I’m trying to make a couple items for a centerpiece. I’m inspired by Jane’s Wire Pumpkin Project. So far, I’ve bought the wire. I have hopes of making something today. I thought I’d start with a pumpkin or two and then wonder if I can create a wire cornucopia. Wish me luck.
Don’t forget to check out all the awesome DIY projects at the Party through the list of links on Newlywoodward.