How to Make Thanksgiving Name Tags

Hi,‌ ‌makers!‌  
We are creating name tags today!
Another‌ ‌holiday,‌ ‌another‌ ‌excuse‌ ‌to‌ ‌sew!‌ ‌Making‌ ‌every‌ ‌holiday‌ ‌my‌ ‌favorite‌ ‌season,‌ ‌hehe.‌ Thanksgiving‌ ‌is‌ ‌coming‌ ‌up‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌especially‌ ‌love‌ ‌having‌ ‌friends‌ ‌and‌ ‌family‌ ‌over,‌ ‌eating‌ ‌dinner‌ together,‌ ‌and‌ ‌sharing‌ ‌special‌ ‌memories.‌ ‌Not‌ ‌only‌ ‌is‌ ‌sharing‌ ‌memories‌ ‌part‌ ‌of‌ ‌this‌ ‌special‌ ‌holiday ‌but‌ ‌creating‌ ‌ones‌ ‌too!‌ ‌This‌ ‌means‌ ‌cooking,‌ ‌playing‌ ‌games,‌ ‌and‌ ‌setting‌ ‌up‌ ‌the‌ ‌dining‌ ‌table‌ ‌before‌ ‌we‌ ‌feast!‌  
This‌ ‌year,‌ ‌I‌ ‌plan‌ ‌on‌ ‌hosting‌ ‌Thanksgiving‌ ‌dinner‌ ‌at‌ ‌my‌ ‌house,‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌knew‌ ‌I‌ ‌had‌ ‌to‌ ‌impress‌ ‌my‌ family‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌small‌ ‌handmade‌ ‌details.‌ ‌I‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌pretty‌ ‌large‌ ‌family,‌ ‌so‌ ‌right‌ ‌away‌ ‌I‌ ‌knew‌ ‌I‌ ‌had‌ ‌to‌ ‌create‌ ‌some‌ ‌name‌ ‌tags‌ ‌for‌ ‌all‌ ‌my‌ ‌guests.‌ 
These‌ ‌name‌ ‌tags‌ ‌are‌ ‌not‌ ‌only‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌but‌ ‌you’ll‌ ‌have‌ ‌the‌ ‌joy‌ ‌of‌ ‌using‌ ‌the‌ ‌free-motion‌ quilting‌ ‌foot‌ ‌to‌ ‌stitch‌ ‌all‌ ‌the‌ ‌names‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌tags!‌ 
For‌ ‌this‌ ‌fun‌ ‌and‌ ‌personalized‌ ‌project,‌ ‌I‌ ‌used‌ ‌some‌ ‌yummy‌ ‌warm‌ ‌colors‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌Autumn‌ ‌season‌ and‌ ‌so‌ ‌I‌ ‌chose‌ ‌our‌ ‌Art‌ ‌Gallery‌ ‌Fabrics‌‌ ‌‌Decostitch‌ ‌Element‌‌ ‌in‌‌ ‌‌Red‌ ‌Desert‌,‌‌ ‌‌Skyline‌ ‌Blue‌,‌ ‌‌Cafe‌ Latte‌,‌ ‌and‌‌ ‌‌Pecan‌ ‌Praline‌‌ ‌for‌ ‌that‌ ‌extra‌ ‌stitchy‌ ‌feel!‌

Have fun making these quick and easy Thanksgiving name tags!

Materials to Make Thanksgiving Name Tags

Fabric Requirements

  • Fabric A     DSE-713     F8
  • Fabric B     DSE-717     F8
  • Fabric C     DSE-715     F8
  • Fabric D    DSE-714     F8

Additional Materials Needed

Steps to Make a Thanksgiving Name Tag

Step 1:

Take two (2) 6’’ x 5’’ rectangles from fabric A and one (1) 6’’ x 5’’ rectangle of batting.
Sandwich the three pieces making sure your fabric A pieces are wrong side facing down.

Step 2:

Take the Pumpkin template and trace it with a water-soluble pen.

Pin your pieces.

Step 3:

Switch your machine setting to a zig-zag stitch and start sewing following the marked line.

Step 4:

Now, write the name of the person with a water-soluble pen and switch your machine foot to the free-motion quilting foot.

Start sewing carefully, I like to go back and forth at the beginning to secure my stitch and the same for the end.

Step 5:

Lastly, take a pair of scissors and cut the excess fabric.

Repeat the same for the rest of the fabric name tags and tada! You’re ready for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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221 thoughts on “How to Make Thanksgiving Name Tags

  1. These pumpkin name tags are just perfect for large Thanksgiving gatherings! Our gathering won’t be in the double digits, but I’m going to make sew up some of these to use as place settings for the table. I think I’ll use a blanket stitch to sew them on to burlap, then cut around the pumpkin shape with an inch margin so the burlap will fray. Love these!
    duchick at gmail dot com

    1. It’s just my husband and I for Thanksgiving this year. These pumpkin name tags would be great for a year when we are having more family over. Maybe I’ll enlarge the pumpkin pattern and make placemats for the two of us!

    2. I made microwave bowl cozys for my thanksgiving guests out of autumn leaf fabrics! And coasters from OESD with words, BLESSED, JOY etc. for friends and family. Now onto Christmas stockings !

    3. Absolutely perfect for our Thanksgiving Table. We are having people we do not know that well and this will help me put names to faces! Can’t wait to get these done up for our table. Thanks for all the perfect Holiday ideas and gift ideas are so easy and quick to do.

    4. I like your burlap idea! sounds charming!
      I am making a wreath with sewn leaves and pumpkins and such in the same way of your name tags.
      I will decorate a straw wreath with them and some other items.

  2. I don’t have any Thanksgiving sewing projects this year. In the past, I have made cutlery holders with clear plastic name card pockets for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  3. My Thanksgiving sewing projects this year are actually Christmas ones. LOL! I have some mug rugs to make as gifts and will be doing that while thanking whichever daughter decides to host Thanksgiving this year and, leaving me time to do some baking for the family.

    1. These name tags are awesome!! What a great little gift for guests to take home! I am making these for my family Thanksgiving get together. Thank you for all the amazing patterns you give us!

  4. I’m quilting a pumpkin wall hanging to gift the chef, who won’t be me. Will do name tags too, but use he alphabet in my stitches options to write the names.

  5. This will be my cousin’s first family hosting for Thanksgiving. I want to make it special for all and I want her table to shine ! I will make napkin rings pumpkins personalized for everyone. So far we have 24! We are thankful we are all willing and able to gather.

  6. I didn’t have a Thanksgiving project until I saw this nametag project. I think this will be such a cute addition to the table. I’ll be frantically trying to finish Christmas gifts for Bowling team, extended family members, and of course, myself. Thank you so much for these great ideas. I love getting my We All Sew emails.

  7. My Thanksgiving sewing projects are flannel pajama pants for all 5 grands! This is the last year they will all fit into child sizes 12 mo to 12 yr. I have to start early because we like to gift Advent calendars and Christmas PJs at Thanksgiving to be used during Advent season.

  8. I’m making fall table runners. One for me and one for my daughter. All that’s left to do is quilt and bind. Hopefully I’ll finish them this weekend.

  9. My Thanksgiving project is a table runner. The table runner is full of fall color leaves sewn together and ready to quilt. I am now inspired to use the same scrap pieces to make beautiful pumpkin name tags. What a great idea you have given me to make name tags and keepsake items.

  10. My project is not specifically Thanksgiving but more of a fall one. I have a pattern for a small table topper with maple leaves. It’s fun to pick out the fall colors to make it.

    1. Thanksgiving Maple Leaf table runner.
      “Gift Box” placemats for Christmas!
      Love the Pumpkin name tags…just downloaded the template. Thank you! Bernina…made to create! Love my B780!!

  11. I need to do a table runner! Get to spend the holiday with both kids, which hasnt been able to happen for 5 years due to my sons military service. Super excited to have everyone together!

  12. My hope is to have a bunch of sewing repair work done by Thanksgiving. If I win this fabric bundle, I would have a much more fun Thanksgiving sewing project! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

  13. My Thanksgiving project is actually for Hanukkah since it starts so early this year. I’m making little pyramid zipper bags out of Hanukkah fabric and putting Hanukkah gelt (money) and dreidals with directions on how to play the game inside.

  14. My Thanksgiving project is navigating various traditions and expectations for the day, as well as gearing up for the Christmas season. There’s always a sewing project (or two!) in the mix, so I’ll escape to my sewing machine as often as possible!

  15. I’m taking a free motion quilting class, so I’m working on lots of practice sandwiches. I also have 2 work in progress quilts – one waiting for piecing and one waiting for custom quilting.

  16. There is so much to be thankful for, I’ve made placemats that have fall flowers with a band on the right side that I have embroidered “Blessed” and a lovely friendship print for the backing.

  17. My Thanksgiving projects are for my daughter’s wedding that week. I made toiletry bags for all of the bridesmaids and hemming pants for another member of the wedding party.

  18. Thank you for posting all the great ideas. I am making table runners for my extended family.The pumpkin name tags will be a wonderful addition to go with them!

  19. Now that my dining area décor and color scheme are complete, I plan to make a table runner for my Thanksgiving table, along with coordinating cloth napkins that can be used all year.

  20. I will be making some casserole carriers for family. I love the pumpkin shaped place card design and will also use them for gift tags on the carriers.

  21. I usually make place cards on the computer for my Thanksgiving dinner. I save them from year to year. They have changed over the years (added or deleted) but I think I may just have time to whip up 7 of these cuties for this year and hopefully, many to come.

  22. I plan to make these easy, attractice name card mats. I didn’t have a Thanksgiving project until seeing this tutorial. What a wonderful, creative idea. Thanks Carol

  23. I haven’t started anything, yet. But, if the muse is with me I would like to make some napkins with a fall theme on them that could be used for Thanksgiving.

  24. I am working on a new table runner for Thanksgiving. Somehow I have neglected to make one for this holiday! These pumpkins will go nicely with my table setting. Thank you for the inspiration and pattern.

  25. I have been soooooo busy vaccinating people (I am a frontline nurse as well as a quilter), that I hadn’t even thought about making something for Thanksgiving. My son just invited some new friends who won’t be able to go home for the holiday (grad students don’t have time to leave as they have to watch their experiments), so to break the ice for them, these tags will be a great conversation starter!!! THANK YOU so much for always giving us great inspirations. Now, to figure out how many I will need to make. LOL.

  26. My husband bought me a B570 QE E for my birthday. Needless to say I was flabbergasted! I want to try out the embroidery module so I plan to make embroidered name tags for the table. Wish me luck!

  27. No Thanksgiving items for me this year but I have been making In-the-Hoop Christmas ornaments since July when getting a chance to see the family (after a year and a half of stay-at-home precautions for Covid19) where my grandson complained that I made ornaments each year for his sisters and nothing for him. He is 24 years old and finally out on his own. Actually the ornaments were gift card holders for our 6 great-grandchildren not for his sisters but when asked–BABA (grandmother) provides! LOL

  28. My Thanksgiving project is not really for Thanksgiving, but a Christmas present for my granddaughter who wants me to embroider her name on some bath and hand towels for her apartment .

  29. I don’t really have a specific Thanksgiving project except to try to be as thankful as I can this year. I already have a table runner and small table top turkey block. Christmas ornaments are in the works and they will probably be worked on through the Thanksgiving season. Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. I love these pumpkin name tags. I can’t wait to get started. This is good practice for my doing the initials and date of my son’s wedding onto the groomsmen’s pocket squares! Jillus

  31. I am planning to make a tablerunner for each holiday and season. I’ve got to get busy on Thanksgiving. I have Christmas and St. Patrick’s day made thus far.

  32. Sadly I am not doing any sewing for thanksgiving. Rather, I am focusing on quilts for my 2 granddaughters as Christmas gifts. So, let the Christmas quilting begin!

  33. I made monogram embroidered napkins last week for all my family members that will be gathering in Bend, OR for Thanksgiving. But I cannot attend. So I like this project and will make one for each local person attending my dinner. It could also serve as a coaster!

  34. My Thanksgiving project is to make a fall table runner. I may have to try some of the pumpkin name tags too. I also want to finish my pumpkin apron started too long ago.

  35. I made pumpkin coasters that turned out really cute. I like the idea of the name tags but not sure I’m capable of writing the names with free motion. Love your fabric choice.

  36. I plan to finish some acorn placemats for my grandchildren(5) who will coming to my house for Thanksgiving! If I carve out the time from my other sewing fall projects this can be done.

  37. Aren’t I the lucky one!?! I purchased a Fat Quarter pack from two Etsy vendors and managed to buy this entire collection! I have left overs from the quilt, that will make more name tags than I will need.
    Love this easy idea.

  38. Will be making a Thanksgiving wall quilt called “Thankful” that I found in Missouri Star’s tutorials. It uses Dresden plate appl for turkey feathers, fall leaves and piecing. Fabrics all pulled from my stash 🤗 Gift for my daughter ❤️

  39. My Thanksgiving project is a fall leaves quilt for my mom who moved into a retirement community but has a patio that has great sun in the mornings; she expressed a desire for a quilt so she can read on the patio before the cold weather starts.

  40. I love making napkins for Thanksgiving and maybe I will incorporate napkin rings with names too:). May add the name tags as they are so cute.
    So much to be thankful for!!!

  41. My “Thanksgiving” project is to start making Chanukah gift bags! That’s because Chanukah begins 3 days after Thanksgiving this year. If I win this fabric bundle I will certainly make the tags for our Thanksgiving dinner! 🦃

  42. Great idea for name tags. I am going to use my V9 software to create them. I’ve also begun making seasonal ITH mini-wall hangings for year-long gifts for families. Happy Thanksgiving to all! Be well, stay safe!

  43. I love this idea but is only is me and my husband for Thanksgiving dinner this year so I don’t think name tags are needed ( married for 40 years) but going to this idea and change to Christmas trees instead and start them while turkey is cooking

  44. My Thanksgiving sewing projects are actually working on Christmas gifts, lol. However I love this cute pumpkin name tag. I think I’ll make a few and machine embroidery the names in center.🍂🍁🦃🍁🍂

  45. I am making personalized key fobs for the members of my mahjongg group using the lettering function on my 325. I’ve never tried it and am looking forward to using this feature on my machine.

  46. My project this year is a quilted log cabin wall hanging featuring a pumpkin in the center with “Autumn Blessings” across the top and “ Give Thanks” across the bottom. These name tags will coordinate nicely. Thanks for the ideas!

  47. Pumpkin name tags are perfect for Thanksgiving. We have lost a member of our family to COVID19 this past year and had another very ill with it but recovered, although having long haulers symptoms. I have one daughter who has been a nurse in the COVID19 unit who has been working long and hard this past year. We have a lot to be thankful this year, so our Thanksgiving celebration will be a joyous one. These pumpkin name tags will be the perfect setting for our holiday table where we can all be at peace with our family. Thanks for the opportunity!

  48. Love the name tags. Great practice for free motion. Not certain our Thanksgiving plans yet so my next project will be winter placemats for our granddaughters.

  49. Thanks for the tutorial on this fun project. For this year, my Thanksgiving project is a quilt made from a panel. It is simple, but the beautiful outdoor autumn scene is the perfect backdrop for its main saying, “Seeds of Gratitude”. We have much to be thankful for in our family and hope that we will remember always to be grateful.

  50. Cute plus easy – the perfect match! This year for Thanksgiving I am making napkins to compliment my dishes. The pumpkin name tags will add a special touch to a special day with family.

  51. I’ve made a Thanksgiving table runner for this year’s table decorations. These name tags would add an extra touch of elegance to the Thanksgiving table.

  52. Love the name tags! I use a lot of burlap to decorate for Thanksgiving–wrapping $ store pumpkins with it. A table runner, mixed with tealights and leaves and nuts from the yard.

  53. We trace the hands of our grandchildren each year and make a fabric placemat with the hand as the focal point. In subsequent years we pull out that placemat and see how much they’ve grown by comparison to the previous year. Yes, a new placemat gets made . Thank you so much for the opportunity. Your pumpkins are so cute Pat.!

  54. For this Thanksgiving, I am going to try to make wine coasters with the person’s name on them. Beautiful pumpkins coasters and a great way to use stitches on our machines

  55. I’m sewing some simple stuffed fabric pumpkins. I’m not hosting this year so am making them for myself to decorate the table on my front porch. If they turn out, I may make some small ones to use as pin cushions to give to my quilting friends.

  56. My Thanksgiving Project is a new pair of stretch denim jeans (Eleonore jeans pattern,, followed by quilting a table runner (Lone Star pattern, 10-inches diameter), and making name tags.

  57. I will be making personalized napkin so the guess can take them home. My grandchildren take a cloth napkin in their lunch box. I will be making the pumpkin name tag too. Very cute.

  58. I have some OESD FSL pumpkins that I started in years’ past, so it won’t take much time to finish them. But, it means it is time to start now…

  59. I have a large crowd every year and we do name tag place settings. This idea will work perfectly and be quick to execute. Thank you for sharing it with us

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