The Thankful Mama

Crafty Things


I just completed a super cute fabric party banner for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party. It is Thomas the Tank Engine themed. I have been inspired by some of the cute fabric banners and buntings I’ve seen on Pinterest, and I decided to give it a go. I have very limited sewing skills and this is definitely a beginner friendly project!

I followed a couple of online tutorials here and here. I found some remnant fabric in solid blue and bought one yard of Thomas fabric for contrast. I cut 7″x9″ triangles in each of the two fabrics using a template I made from scrap card stock. I also cut corresponding triangles out of matching felt scraps to back the Thomas fabric. It gives the triangles some stability and you don’t use as much of the fabric. I did, however, make the solid blue triangles double sided. It was a remnant piece and I didn’t care how much of it I used!

Tracing the Triangles

On each triangle, I sewed a straight stitch along the outer edge, creating a nice seam. Then, using pinking shears, I cut close to the seam creating a nice clean edge. My shears need a good sharpening, so I was only able to get through the sturdier Thomas fabric. I would definitely suggest using this technique, though, on all of the fabrics triangles to keep the edges from fraying. I found some 1 1/2″ wide matching ribbon in my craft supplies to use for the hanger. I folded it over the top edge of the triangles and pinned them in place. Using a zig zag stitch, I carefully sewed them all to the ribbon and finished off each edge to prevent fraying. It really looks nice and very festive!

Finished Edge Using Pinking Shears
Zig Zag Stitching

This project took me just a few hours to make. It is easily accomplished in a couple of afternoons and a great way to use up scraps! I love the handmade look it adds to the party decor and I think I’ll have to make some more just for fun!


Contact Paper Stained Glass

I recently completed a craft project for my little girl’s room windows. This idea came from the creative site The Artful Parent. It is a great resource for fun and crafty things to do with your children. There are many projects I have been inspired by on this site and I love reading about all the fun and crafty things this mom does with her darling little girls.

I used her tutorial for Flower Petal Stained Glass Door and was so pleased with the results! There is a small, oddly shaped window in my baby’s room that I have struggled with decorating. It’s a great source of natural light in the room, but it would be nice to have some privacy, since it looks out onto the front porch. The “stained glass” solved the problem perfectly.

The finished project

The supplies needed couldn’t be simpler; clear contact paper, fresh flower petals and/or leaves from the garden and a pair of scissors. I measured out the spaces between the panes and cut my contact paper into easy to handle panels. I cut an assortment of flat leaves and flower petals from my yard and laid them out in a pattern I liked. Once the backing is removed, the contact paper lays flat, making the surface easy to arrange the flowers on. Then, up on the windows they go! It made a beautiful sight to look at while we played and changed diapers. My little girl noticed them right away! The flowers lasted about 5-7 days before getting wilted and brownish.

I am looking forward to do more ideas with the contact paper windows. It lends itself to so many artistic uses. I already have a project in mind for my 3 year old nephew to create that we can use in the room. Hopefully I’ll have something to share about that in another post! Thank you to Jean at the Artful Parent for sharing so many fun and easy ideas that get the creativity flowing!


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