I've been a fan of the whole leaves-on-the-table decor for Fall decorating, and have wanted to incorporate it in my home for a while. Unfortuately, just collecting leaves outside isn't an option, since all we've got are cacti and Mesquite trees 'round these parts. This is where some deliciously soft faux leather came into my life, and now I've got exactly what I wanted. Want to make one too? Read on to find out how, and get a 20% discount on the fabrics used in this post!To start, you need a nice array of fall-colored faux leather, in 1/8" or 1/4" yard cuts. You don't need a whole lot for this project!
In addition to leathers, you'll want leaf templates (I found mine through Google), a marker, scissors, and denim sewing needles for your sewing machine. You'll also want coordinating thread.
Using your leaf templates, trace leaf shapes onto the back of your leather pieces. Trace, trace, trace, cut, cut, cut, and then cut some more.
When you are done, you should have a healthy pile of leather leaves. At this point, lay your leaves on your table to see if you need to cut some more!
Time to break out those Denim needles. They are for thick fabric, like faux leather, and won't break when sewing through multiple layers.
Head to your sewing machine and sew the "veins" on your leaves. I think it looks awesome.
Your healthy pile of leaves should all be pretty and veined now. It is time to make it into a runner!
To make things easier for me, I first started with the "base" runner, or the bigger leaf pieces. I put these in a nice layout and then started sewing these together, one at a time. Then I filled in the rest of the runner with the smaller leaves.
When attaching the leaves, I took advantage of the veins that were already sewn to camoflauge where the leaves were stitched together.
When all the leaves are stitched together, clip your threads and put it on your table!
It is a great, simple way to spruce up your table decor. Especially when all you had before was a super fake pumpkin.
The faux leather gives this runner a clean, modern, grown-up look to the traditional leaf runners. I love the texture and color it adds!
How do you decorate for fall?