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A "Thankful" Banner / Bunting Tutorial


Last year I made a new “Thankful” banner / bunting for our fireplace. I had put up all of the “pretties,” but it was still missing something. So off I went to Michaels to see what inspired me. I came back with a few varieties of scrapbook paper and an idea. I wanted to combine my love for sewing with paper crafting, and at the same time add some fabric for texture. Before long I came up with a fairly simple plan. This tutorial will take you step-by-step through how to make this darling bunting. It can be customized for any holiday or occasion simply by switching out the paper and fabric options, and the letters. Once you get the first one under your belt, you’ll fly through the rest.
mantel thankful banner bunting tutorial, crafts, fireplaces mantels
Gather your materials
-Scrapbook Paper- I used a heavier card stock for the base and a lighter weight print for the top.
-Fabric Scraps (I used a different fabric print for each letter)
-Two-sided fusible Wonder-Under
-Scissors (sharp)
-Glue stick or dual-sided scrapbook stickers
-Twine or ribbon
-Sewing Machine
-Template file (available on the blog). Cut out the letters before starting.
mantel thankful banner bunting tutorial, crafts, fireplaces mantels
Cut your base piece 6" x 9"; on the back, mark a horizontal line 1-1/2" from the top - press firmly to create an indentation, or a score. From the bottom, make a dot 2" up and 3" over. Draw diagonal lines from the bottom corners to the dot and cut on the lines.
mantel thankful banner bunting tutorial, crafts, fireplaces mantels
Cut your print paper 5" wide by 6" long (watch those directional prints). On the back, from the bottom, make a dot 1-3/4" up and 2-1/2" over. Draw diagonal lines from the bottom corners to the dot and cut on the lines.
mantel thankful banner bunting tutorial, crafts, fireplaces mantels
Center the print paper over the base and secure with glue or double-sided stickies.
mantel thankful banner bunting tutorial, crafts, fireplaces mantels
Cut out a scrap piece of cardstock about 4-1/2" by 4-1/2". Trace an alpha letter IN REVERSE on the cardstock.
Cut out a piece of Wonder-Under 4-1/2" by 4-1/2". Iron the Wonder-Under on to the back side of your fabric. Peel the paper away, then iron the cardstock with the alpha letter to the fabric. Make sure the tracing is facing you. This will help to stabilize and give a little extra height to the letter. Using sharp scissors, cut out the letter.
mantel thankful banner bunting tutorial, crafts, fireplaces mantels
Center the letter over the print paper and secure using glue or double-sided stickies.
mantel thankful banner bunting tutorial, crafts, fireplaces mantels
Using your sewing machine, stitch around the base, the printed paper, and the letter, as shown below.
mantel thankful banner bunting tutorial, crafts, fireplaces mantels
Fold over the back and secure. Repeat for all letters. Run twine or ribbon through the pocket and hang in your favorite spot.
mantel thankful banner bunting tutorial, crafts, fireplaces mantels
A full pictorial step-by-step tutorial is available on the blog, as well as a downloadable file including templates and the alphabet letters. I hope you enjoy this project and that it brings your home a beautiful reason to be thankful this year.

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