Nov 14, 2010

Give Thanks: A Winner and A Tutorial

FIRST let me apologize for the lateness of the announcement of the giveaway winner...anyone wanna take a guess why I have been MIA for 5 whole days...

Who guessed that Littlest Man and I were sick again?? You win!

Speaking of winning...who won the lovely Ella Mae Design Christmas card giveaway?

Out of 37 entries, the lucky winner (thanks to is #19 MARISA.
Congrats Marisa. Leave a comment or email me with you email address and we will get you set up.

Tutorial time-

Give Thanks. That has been the motto of my last week.

Thankful for a visiting Momma.
Thankful for playtime for my Little Men with their Nana
Thankful for doctors
Thankful for medicine
Thankful for Wee One not having ANOTHER ear infection
Thankful for sleep
Thankful for helpful hubby
Thankful for FINALLY feeling a little better

So today to show my thanks I have a little tutorial for a last minute Thanksgiving decoration.

You need:

1 yard of muslin
1/2 yard 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.


Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

such a darling banner!

Stockhoff Family said...

It turned out super great. The Momma and the Nana had lots of fun:)

marisa said...

yay! Thanks so much! My address should be in my blog profile but if not it's

Thanks so much!! I fell in love with these right away!

Jessica said...

I love how this turned out. Simple and easy. Just the kind of crafts I like. Great job!

Abbie said...


Unknown said...

I just made one and it turned out so cute!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

I am so glad!!


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