Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pilgrim Boat Place Setting



I know I have said this before, but I really LOVE Thanksgiving. I love the feeling of the holiday. I love the celebrations of the holiday. My enjoyment of Thanksgiving grew even more as I started being able to host my own Thanksgiving day meal. I love preparing the menu. I love getting the house ready. I love setting the table. I love it all...well except for cleaning up the giant turkey carcous at the end of the day. Ew...anyway I digress...

Last year I shared this idea on a guest post toward the end of the season, and I knew that I was going to share it here this year. I was actually kind of super excited in a nerdy way most of the year to be able to share this with you. 

The kids table can be a lot of fun. With only ever my kids I didn't have to set too much up...but I got the idea for these and I just couldn't help myself. Little Mayflower place settings filled with Thanksgiving M&M's.

You could fill them with anything really. If you are worried about them ruining their dinner you could even fill it with pinecones. 

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

You will need:

1/4-1/2 yard of dark brown felt
1/4 yard of muslin
small dowels
embroidery thread
coordinating thread
fallish candy

Making your boats:

for each boat you will need to cut the following-

four rectangular pieces with a short side measuring 4 1/2 inches high, 6 1/2 inches long, and a tall side at 5 inches high.

2 muslin squares measuring 6 inches long by 5 inches high.

1 piece of felt for the bottom that is aprox 6 1/2 inches long and at the widest part 3 inches across. You will cut it in this type of pea pod shape.


Each boat side will be two pieces thick.Pin the 2 pieces together. Ignore the muslin in this picture...that step will come later.


 Sew along the top edge of each side of the boat.


In order to create the boats "wood plank" sides, sew lines all the way across, measuring about 1+ inch apart.


Now that your 4 pieces of felt have turned into 2 sides, pin the two sides together right sides OUT.


The reason that you pin the 2 pieces right sides out is that you are going to close up either end with a blanket stitch. My sewing machine has that function so I took the easy way out and let my machine do all the work. You could also do your blanket stitch by hand.


Once your sides are sewn shut, turn inside out. Pin your bottom piece to the bottom of your boat, making sure that the narrow ends are at the blanket stitched ends...I would use the appropriate boating terms here if I knew them, but alas I am not sure where Port is!


Sew around the entire edge. Then flip out your lovely little Mayflower.


For the sail-

On one muslin square embroider a kiddos name... preferably one that will be using the table :). I lightly trace the name and then go over it with the thread. For this project I used a larger needle and the thread at its thickest.

Once the name is in place, pin the 2 muslin squares together right sides facing. Sew around edges except for a small hole to turn out. Clip edges before turning out.

Turn out sail and then iron flat. Sew around the edges for a finishing touch and to close the hole.

To assemble your sail, take a short dowel...you might have to cut off several inches...your new sail, and two strips of felt measuring aprox 1/2 inch by 2 inches.

Put two dabs of hot glue on the outside edges of each felt strip. With the dowel placed in the center of the back of the sail, glue the strip around the top.



1 comment:

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

This is one of my all time favorite tutorials! Last year I made them with some girls from my church and they were a hit.

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