So, I gathered up about 20 of the brightest leaves, and with a pair of small safety scissors, I clipped off all their little stems. I sneaked an embroidery needle and some red thread from my mother's sewing basket. I sewed the the leaves together...I think I made about 6 fat stitches in every small seam. I was really quite proud of my work.
I lay the blanket over my Raggedy Ann that night, and thought she looked quite comfortable.
Within days the leaves had become brittle, and lost most of their pigment. And my mother was more than a little annoyed to find my bed cluttered with the hundreds of little brown crumbs they'd turned into!
Here's a better way to save those pretty leaves...
You'll need a warm iron; wax paper (about an inch wider than the leaf) ; a paper bag or a thin towel; one heavy book; and a newly-fallen leaf.
- Set your iron to warm/permanent press (not hot, and turn off the steam).
- Lay towel or paper bag down on a hard surface.
- Lay a piece of wax paper on top of that.
- Place your leaf in the center of the wax paper.
- Lay another piece of wax paper on top of the leaf.
- Now fold over the paper bag or towel, over the top of that.
- Set the iron down for about 10 seconds or more, to set the wax.
- Place the ironed wax paper/leaf inside the pages of a heavy book, and leave (hehe) there for several hours...or a day.