This was I think the fourth year in a row we hosted Thanksgiving. It was a smaller group than past years, as some family couldn’t travel in. But it was a sweet and restful gathering. This year I didn’t want to rush through the holiday and onto to December’s craziness. (Two birthdays in our house between Thanksgiving and Christmas!) We made time to craft and plan. And I took the time to start a new tradition: the Thankful Tablecloth.

Just a simple muslin under the little homespun covers.

But with some fabric markers in fall colors, a new tradition that will go on for generations…

little collage of the different note written

Each person wrote something on the tablecloth they were thankful for, and the year. We will pull it out very year, and add to it, with whomever we share Thanksgiving with! I can already picture reading it over years into the future and saying “Molly, remember when you wrote this when you were 7!” 🙂 And notes written by grandparents, cousins… any person who shared the Thanksgiving meal with us. I washed them up, and stored them away with the markers (in a ziploc bag) for next year.

In the past we have written on cut out leaves, or just paper, and hung them on little trees, real ones, or paper trees taped to the wall. This year, I wanted to capture it in a way that we could keep looking back on… and heritage of thankfulness, across the generations.

I  simply cut the muslin into rectangles that seemed “about right” in size, ironed hems (I am all about “finger pinning!”) and then stitched around the 4 sides. Why does the bobbin always run out 5 inches from the final seam of a big project? But I digress. I made 2 to cover the two tables we put end to end.

I washed and dried, and then ironed the tablecloths after sewing. Then of course washed and dried them again after we used them. Any spills wash right out, and then the dryer sets the ink. Pull it out, iron it up, and spend years filling the cloth with notes of thankfulness!

Thankful for the heritage of thankfulness in my family… thankful to see it continue all the way down to the little ones.



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