Saturday, November 12, 2011

Give Thanks: Thanks Banner Tutorial

Hey Everyone! I am so happy to be over here at Whatever Dee-Dee Wants. My name is Larissa
and I can be found over at Just Another Day in Paradise. I share crafts, sewing projects, recipes,
parties, everyday momma drama stories, and little bits of my fun little life living with all boys.

I LOVE Thanksgiving and I couldn't be happier to share this easy Thanksgiving
decor project.

I love Thanksgiving because of what it represents. Being Thankful. 

So today I have a little tutorial for a Thanksgiving banner that will remind you every time you see it to give thanks.

You need:

1 yard of muslin
1/2 yard each of 2 fall prints
1 yard of 1 fall print (this will be for 2 letters and the top binding)
coordinating thread
letters printed out and cut out in a font and size of choice ( I used Calvin and Hobbes)

Cut out 12 rectangles from the muslin, measuring 11" x 10". Two rectangles per letter.

Once you have the letters cut out, trace each letter facing backwards on the back of the fabric. Two letters per each print.

Once all the letters are cut out, pin and sew each letter to one muslin piece. I placed my letters in the center towards the bottom.

Once each letter is sewn on. Pin each piece to a blank muslin rectangle right sides facing.

Sew around the edges with a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving a small hole at the top. Turn out. Iron flat.

To make the top binding you will need a strip of chosen fabric measuring about 86" long by 4" wide. I did sew together two pieces together so I didn't need yards of my chosen print.

I took the strip and ironed it in half along the entire length. Then each edge ironed into meet the half mark. Then folded in half one more time...basically making your own binding...feel free to make this step easier and just buy wide double fold quilting binding in a coordinating color.

Find the center point of your binding. Pin your "a" and your "n" 1 1/2" apart with the half point directly in the middle. Pin each piece with the top of the rectangle directly into the fold.  

Continue to pin each letter in order, 1 1/2" apart.

To sew the binding, start at one edge, sewing along the short edge then turning to sew along the entire bottom length of the binding, sewing the banner pieces in place.

You can either leave the edges as is, or you can fold over an make a loop to hang it by.

Now you have a festive banner you can hang up to beautify your house and help you reflect on what you can give thanks for.

There ya have it! Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks Dee Dee for having me! Whatever Dee Dee Wants readers I would love for you to stop by my blog and say hi. 


  1. You make it look so easy. I think I might be able to make one.

  2. That is absolutely adorable! I love how simple and understated it is. Some garlands get a bit fussy for my tastes, but this one is absolutely perfect!

  3. I'm loving the fabric banner. I've been making paper banners, but fabric is so much more durable. And you can wash it! Neat.

  4. This is such an awesome home decor craft, I love it!

    xo Teresa

  5. Cute! I just made a paper banner, but I love the fabric one =) Thanks for posting!


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