Thanksgiving is only a week away, so your dinner plans are probably well underway. While you're choosing recipes and shopping for good things to eat, set aside a little time to make something pretty for your Thanksgiving table. Even if your gathering is small, place cards make guests feel welcome and special. These oak leaf name tags are easy to stitch from felt. Vellum leaves printed with guests' names give them a personal touch.
Each name tag starts with two oak leaf shapes (mine are about five inches tall) cut from fall-colored felt. Use three strands of embroidery floss to create veins on one leaf from each pair. I used chain stitch, stem stitch, and split stitch to create different textures. When the embroidery is complete, pin each embroidered leaf to a plain leaf and sew the edges together with running stitch. For the stems, fold a small piece of baby rick-rack in half and sew it between the two pieces of felt at the base of the leaf.
For the name tags, cut smaller leaf shapes from vellum paper. Use permanent marker to write a name on each one and punch a hole at the base of each leaf.
To assemble the name tags, just slip the rick-rack stems through the vellum holes. I love the way the color and texture peek through the vellum! When it's time to set the table, place a leaf at each setting so guests know where they're supposed to sit. And when your Thanksgiving gathering is finished, your guests can keep their name tags and use them as ornaments in their own homes.