In Holiday Hints, Roundup

Last year’s Holiday Hints were such a hit, I thought I would continue with them this year and make it a tradition. Throughout the next few weeks, I will be posting a selection of projects to make for the people on your holiday list. The time and attention you give to a handmade gift is like sharing a little bit of yourself with the ones you love.

Today’s theme: Table Top (just in time for Thanksgiving!)

Create a beautiful Table Runner that can be used for the holidays or as part of everyday decor. This design is an easy way to use up small pieces of fabrics in your stash or to showcase your favorite prints. Click over to my tutorial on CRAFT for step-by-step details! (Note: a minor bit of errata – Step 1: …Cut 7 rectangles measuring 6 1/2” x 9″. Step 5: …Pin together, sandwiching the rickrack between the layers, then stitch 1/4” from the edge.)

On page 24 of my book Sewing Green you’ll find instructions on making my Vintage Napkins out of retro tablecloths and these trim embellished napkin rings. These napkin rings are so fun to make and they are a great way to show-off some vintage buttons from your stash. Can you guess what the trim is wrapped around to make the ring? (plastic rings off of milk jugs!)

For a more autumnal napkin holder, there’s my quick and easy Acorn-acopia Napkin Holder Tutorial from last year, using felted wool sweater scraps, felt balls and real acorn caps! Who doesn’t love an acorn? (BTW, have you learned how to whistle with an acorn cap? It’s loads of ear splitting fun once you master it!)

And back to Sewing Green on pg 20 you’ll find the Penny-rug Trivet and Coasters. These give a fresh modern look to the traditional technique of appliquéd scrap wool. Great for use when entertaining or as a thoughtful gift.

And finally for dessert…the Cake Plate Tutorial made with a few thrift shop plates and a parfait glasses! Since I first posted this in 2006 I have seen many beautiful creative variations of this idea using china, teacups, decoupaged or painted plates, you name it!

Looking for more ideas? Check out my 2009 Holiday Hints for the Home!


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  • Renate

    Very nice all thies things. I love it!! Dear greetings, Renate

  • Catie

    great ideas – i look forward to seeing more

  • Sharon

    you’re so good….i will head to my sweater stash then to the oak trees in the yard for acorn caps….and believe me, there are plenty! thanks for the good ideas.


    I do enjoy your site for several reasons. Like some of the felt decorations you can do with little ones so they can make things themselves to be proud of & give as gifts. Also teens could make some of the other things & then adults can do the rest of them as well. Gee, what better way than to spend the Hoiday Season making things together as a family!
    Thankyou so much for sharing them with everyone!

  • Sarah

    Oh my, those acorns are so cute!
    Also… where do you get your felt balls? I’ve had no luck so far :(

  • Betz White

    Thanks, All! I’m glad you are enjoying these projects.
    BTW Sarah, my fave place to buy felt balls is, and woollyfabulous on etsy.

  • V

    Thank you for the inspiration! I’m trying to not “overdo” these holidays, but with so many ideas it will be hard : ) Kind regards.

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