Sewn & Tasty Thanksgiving Ideas for Kids

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Looking for a unique way to celebrate Thanksgiving that doesn’t involve basting the turkey or prepping the cranberry sauce? AllFreeSewing pulled some of our famous kid-friendly projects and paired them with edible counterparts to deliver an awesome side dish to the big meal. Perfect for a November birthday, fall festivity, or as an activity for the children while the adults are preparing the meal, these projects will surely inspire imaginations everywhere come November 28th.

Pumpkin Patterns and Goodies

What better way to celebrate the harvest season than by incorporating one of its icons into your kids’ festivities? After Halloween, you’re probably not ready to carve yet another squash. Skip the hassle and keep your room clean by creating an easy Yo Yo Pumpkin with your little ones. A simple sewing project, this craft teaches you how to make a sewing notion and delivers a finished product children will be proud to show off. Best of all, these Thanksgiving goodies can double as table decorations for both the kid and adults’ tables during the big meal. Once the kids are done sewing their yo yos, reward them with these Chocolate Caramel Pumpkins. The shape alone of these adorable mini squashes is the perfect complement to their fabric equivalent.

Yo Yo PumpkinChocolate Caramel Pumpkins

Turkey Time!

Although the real turkey is the main attraction during thanksgiving, let the kids feel like they, too, prepared the big bird. We’re wild about the Handprint Turkey Softie that any supervised child can complete. Use fabrics that coincide with your table decor and sneak these plushies along your buffet for added, extra elegance. Once your group of rowdy pilgrims has finished their DIY turkeys, make some quick, stress-free treats as a sweet reward. We’re loving these Cute Chocolate Rice Cereal Turkeys as a mid-afternoon snack!

Handprint Turkey SoftieCute Chocolate Rice Cereal Turkeys

DIY Cornucopias

Take this opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the cornucopia with your kids. While it sounds like a large task at hand, it’s not difficult to mock up your own DIY horn of plenty. We are head over heels over this Thanksgiving Stuffing template from Spoonful. Get the templates here to create these fabric cornucopias. Afterwards make some magic in the kitchen with these Pumpkin Puff Pastry Cornucopias!

Pumpkin Puff Pastry Cornucopias

How to Make Corn for Kids

See if your kids will be able to tell the difference between these sewn corn husks and the edible ones. Thanksgiving Harvest Table Toppers are perfectly festive, as well as an easy project for your little ones to make. Afterwards create these A’maize’ing Candy Corn Favors for children to take home after the party.

Thanksgiving Harvest Table ToppersA'maize'ing Candy Corn Favors

Give Thanks: 10 Sewing Ideas for Thanksgiving Free eBookLooks like you’ll have everything on the menu, though a little less traditionally, with these Thanksgiving crafts. If you want more DIY decorations, be sure to check out the free eBook, Give Thanks: 10 Sewing Ideas for Thanksgiving!


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