DIY tutorials and step-by-step instructions for making practical and useful Thanksgiving projects

Thanksgiving projects to sew for home

Hey y’all, today I’m doing a little round up of Thanksgiving sewing projects. I like to sew things that are both pretty and practical, so in this post you’ll find both. You’ll also find non-traditional fall decor colors, which shouldn’t surprise anyone who has seen how I decorate for Christmas.

But we’re not to Christmas yet! Thanksgiving remains one of my favorite holidays. There’s no pressure to find the perfect gift – all you have to do is eat with your family. And maybe watch football. Two of my favorite things. So check out these things to sew for Thanksgiving and take a pause before going full on Christmas.

Kitchen towel sewing pattern with a hanging tab hanging on a drawer

Many hands make light work but with lots of cooks in the kitchen, I find my towels walking away. On the one hand I’m glad everyone is practicing good hygiene and food prep safety. But that’s no help when I’m the one standing with dripping hands! This hanging towel project makes sure my towel stays where I put it. Plus I recycled these from old bath towels to get more use out of them. The video instructions for this pattern are below, and you can get the pattern and written instructions here.

How to make cloth napkins - an easy sewing project

We converted to cloth napkins years ago and I have not looked back. These are the perfect Thanksgiving sewing project to add just a touch of elegance to your table and then be useful beyond the holiday!

Check out how I make cloth napkins with mitered corners in the video below, or see this post for written instructions and a picture tutorial, as well as another option to do a rolled hem on the edges.

How to Make Re-usable Dry Erase Placemats for Kids - MellySews.com

If your gathering includes kids, this project is a great way to keep them at the table (for a little while anyway) and not underfoot. And unlike covering the table with paper that gets thrown away, these are reusable year after year. If you plan ahead, you can even stock up on the markers when school supplies are on sale at the beginning of the school year. See how to sew them here.

Sew a quilt as you go pot holder - great scrapbuster - easy to make gift - DIY tutorial by Melly Sews

These quilt as you go pot holders also use mitered corners, this time done with bias tape. And as a Thanksgiving sewing project, they’re even better because they have a pocket to hold a recipe. Make a few to use while you cook, then send them home with guests and one of the recipes you made.

Potholder tutorial with free pattern

Glove Pot Holder Project and Pattern

For more traditional glove or mitten style pot holders, check out this post. There are even instructions to grab the free pattern.

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