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Embroidered Leaf Place Cards

Guide Thanksgiving guests to their seats — and give little hands a fun project in the days beforehand — with easy embroidered table cards. Stitch each name onto a sturdy leaf (these are magnolia), and let nature's paper spruce up the feast.

embroidered leaves

Photography: Chelsea McNamara Cavanaugh

Source: Martha Stewart


The thick thread and plastic needle used in this project make it great for kids; with a little parental guidance, they'll sew like pros.


  • Sturdy leaves (we used magnolia)

  • DMC Light Effects floss, in Golden Oak, $2.50 for 8.7 yd.,

  • Susan Bates plastic yarn needles, $2 for 2,


  • Gold marker


  1. Set leaves upside down on a work surface, with their midribs and veins facing up. Write guests' names (in simple block letters) on the leaves in gold marker.

    embroidered leaves
  2. Thread a plastic needle, and go over the names in a basic back-stitch (with the stitches overlapping slightly). Let the leaves dry for a few days so they get crisp.

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