Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial and Bonus Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  I know the whole world is excited about Halloween right now.  And don’t get me wrong, I like Halloween, too.  But today I’m excited because my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is just around the corner.  To help us get ready to celebrate, I’ve prepared a simple Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial using the gorgeous Authentique Pleasant Collection.

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Oh, how I love Thanksgiving!  It goes way back to my childhood when all the aunts, uncles, cousins and even great grandparents would gather at my grandmother’s house to celebrate together.  Sometimes there were as many as 3 dozen of us tucked around the dining room table, in the kitchen, in the parlor on TV trays…and in every nook and cranny of the house!  And the food!  Ooh la la!  Those ladies could cook!  This rustic banner takes me right back to those happy, happy times. I thought you might want to make a banner for your Thanksgiving celebration, so I have a little tutorial to share with you today.

Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial: Creating the Pennants
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First, cut (3) 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ panels from Pleasant Four. Two panels will be the same, and one will have the wood grain going the opposite direction.  No worries!  By the time we’re done, no one will know!  From the paper you have left over, cut (4) 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ panels.

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Flip each panel face down.  Find the center point of the panel (2 1/8″) and measure up 1 1/2″ from that point.  You can see where I made a little pencil mark at that spot.  For the 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ panels, measure up 3/4″ from the center point which is 1 1/8″. Make a mark just as you did on the larger panels.

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Use a ruler to draw a line from each corner to the center of the mark you made.  Then cut along the line to create pennants for your banner.

Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial: Adding Texture with Fabric
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Stitch each pennant onto a slightly larger piece of burlap or linen fabric.  I used a decorative stitch and fancy thread on mine, but regular stitching and thread works great.  And, if you don’t want to sew, you can just use Scor-Tape to secure the pennants to the fabric, or eliminate the fabric altogether.  Then fringe the edges to give it a rustic look.  You don’t do this step with the small pennants.

Starting with a small pennant, position along the top edge of a 4 yard piece of ribbon.  I use binder clips to hold the pennants in place.  Then add a large pennant, then a small one and so on until you have the pennants evenly spaced out.  Stitch the fabric at the top of each pennant to the top edge of the ribbon.  Just start at one end and sew all the way to the other.

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Flip each pennant over, and add a small piece of Scor-tape to the bottom edge of the ribbon and adhere.  This keeps the banners positioned properly.  Now you are ready to decorate!  And that’s the fun part!

Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial: Making it Pretty!
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Tie a big loopy bow at each end of the banner.  Then add burlap string and flowers to dress it up.

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Tie smaller bows in the corners of each of the larger pennants.  I die cut a base layer from Pleasant with a Spellbinders Label 1 die. Then  I topped it with a doily that I cut with a Cheery Lynn Ornament 1 Die.   I also die cut leaves, wheat sheaves, pumpkins and acorns from an assortment of fall dies.  Fussy cut images from the 3″ x 4″ cut aparts and add Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Foam Tape between the layers to create loads of dimension.
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The banners from the Components sheet are just the right size for decorating the smaller pennants.  I also cut a second pennant layer from scraps of Pleasant Four.  These measure 2″ x 3″.
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Little wooden buttons glued in the center of each smaller bow add to the rustic, homespun feel of the banner.

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Banners make every party special, and now that you know how, you can make one for every holiday of the year.

Pleasant Fall Color Card Folio

 

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This lovely little card would make a great hostess gift at your Thanksgiving gathering.  Or pair it up with the banner for a pretty mantel display.

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There are 2 pockets inside with lots of room to hold Thanksgiving photos.
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The top pocket holds a little tea bag wallet with a cute belly band.  I’ve used the 6″ x 6″ bundle to make the inserts for this card.

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There’s room to write a little note here.

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This folio measures 4 1/2″ x 6″ and has a magnetic tab top.

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It opens to reveal room for a photo, and another pocket with inserts.  You could put photos in the pocket.  The pocket folds down to reveal two more photo mount pages.  What a fun way to preserve your Thanksgiving memories!
You can pull this banner and card folio out year after year, so the time it takes to make them is really worthwhile.  I just love the way photos bring memories back to life.
I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  Oh, and there’s a linked supply list below, too.
Wishing you all a warm and cozy Thanksgiving!

Cheerio,

kathy

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8 thoughts on “Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial

  1. lynn legge

    Kathy this holiday banner is gorgeous…I love the colors and added touches…the burlap peeking from behind…its so sweet and shabby….I love the little card…ill send you my address lol

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  2. Carla Hundley

    Oh love your banner!
    Would be great to make
    and leave pages to add
    remarks from everyone
    attending dinner. Lovely
    embellishments.
    Carla from Utah

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  3. Martie Rollin

    This Thanksgiving banner is really a work of art…all the right images and colors! Thanks for the easy to follow directions and photos. Love the idea of a Thanksgiving card! Well done!!

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  4. Pattie Jns

    good Morning, Kathy. a brilliant banner an card. an a lovely idea as a gift. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Giving thanks to God, thanks to family, sharing the bounty together, and the gorgeous colors of fall. all make a wonderful loving holiday……..have a good day.

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  5. Helen

    It’s a “2 for”…and what a deal! Kathy, the banner is such a wonderful decor pieces for Thanksgiving — and, as you said, similar ones can be designed for every occasion. The card, is your usual awesome designing. Like the idea of a hostess gift for holiday gatherings. While we didn’t have large one’s at Thanksgiving, we have great family traditions for this holiday that continue to this day. tfs

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  6. Suzy Q

    Luv luv luv this Thanksgiving banner Kathy!!! It truly is gorgeous! I was wishing for inspiration to make a banner ….and TA DAA! Here it is! Your colors and details are truly beautiful! Remembering all the dinners in the past with all the grandparents …truly special times! It’s my favorite holiday too! And the Thanksgiving card is just precious and brings back so many memories of going to the apple orchard and picking apples with my 3 little ones! Just luv this card! Thanks for sharing these awesome ideas! Hugs and a happy week to you!

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  7. Gena L Krannig

    Oh, my, that banner and folio are so beautiful, Kathy! Once again you have created a masterpiece with your color combos, ribbons and images! Authentique has really come out with some amazing papers for the holidays. I love the way you have used their little girl figures. They are so precious. And the turkey in the middle is fantastic. All of the images are so warm and really puts one in the mood for Fall! I can just see that banner on the wall of someone’s dining room or wrapped around a candle on a buffet, all decorated up for Thanksgiving. How beautiful that would be. I actually have some sheets of that paper and NOW I have some great ideas! Thank you for sharing and have a beautiful day! Hugs

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