I’ve created a leaf table runner, which is the perfect size for my coffee table and looks great on the dinner table too! I love the warm shades, which coordinate beautifully with my furniture.
I love the organic shapes the leaves take on when joined together!
I started this project off by grabbing some coloured felt from my local craft store. These sheets were A4 size and I got two sheets in four different shades. I then used my beautiful rose gold fabric scissors that come in a 2 pack. The other pair of Stitch Happy scissors is a platinum colour and has been created specifically for paper. These two beauties, combined with my gold ones make the perfect molten trio!
I cut out as many leaf shapes as I could get out of each sheet of felt, varying the sizes of the leaves, so I had a good mix of shapes and colours. I chose to keep the shape quite simple this time, but it would also be fun to mix different leaf shapes I think!
I ran each leaf through my Stitch Happy Sewing Machine using White Multimedia Thread for the main vein down the centre. I then switched to a regular weight thread and continued to sew a few more, finer veins branching out along each leaf.
NOTE: Remember to change out your needle to match your thread weight.
I love the awesome texture the Multimedia Thread adds to the leaves. As you can imagine, between two rounds of stitching, there were plenty of ends to snip off!
Another tip would be to backstitch when starting and ending each line of stitching. This will prevent your hard work from coming undone once you snip off excess thread.
When all the leaves were complete, I laid them out on some baking paper on my dining room table. I did this because I chose to use hot glue to adhere them together and didn’t want to risk damaging the table. I actually used low melt temperature glue sticks, which weren’t as scalding on the old fingertips!!
The reason for the hot glue was also because I could get a strong bond, quickly without risking movement of the leaves while waiting for glue to dry. I also preferred this method to sewing them together as I felt I had just the right amount of visible stitching. This felt was already slightly stiff, so I didn’t have to use any backing material. One could use Fusing material if your felt was softer and you would prefer it to be a bit more rigid. One could even back sections with cork to make it heat resistant on the table!
Here is a full-length shot of the runner. I think it would make quite a nice wall hanging as well!
Here is a closer look at the stitching. You will love and adore sewing with thicker multimedia threads with the Stitch Happy!
This project is easily adapted to suit different seasons or special events.
I hope you will give it a try!
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