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Grateful Pocket Banner


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I like the idea of upcycling jean pockets into a banner for Thanksgiving. You and your family can tuck little messages in the pockets and share what you're Thankful for on turkey day.

Supplies: 4 pairs of toddler-size jeans, letter stamps, StazOn ink, light colored fabric.  Not pictured:  Crop-a-dile, 16 eyelets, string, twine or ribbon (I used kitchen string), a circle template or glass to trace, sharp scissors, pinking shears, craft glue (I use Crafter's Pick). Optional: sewing machine and random embellishments.


Cut out 8 pockets using your sharp scissors. Leave about an inch around the two side and the bottom. For the trip, leave as much room as possible.

 Using a circle template or a glass, trace and 8 circles on your fabric.

 Grab the letter stamps and StayzOn and stamp a letter in the center of each circle



Line up the pockets and trip the tops to make them even-ish while leaving enough room for eyelets.


 This next step is totally optional.  I chose to use my sewing machine to make a circle border around each letter before I glued them on the pockets.


Use the handy Crop-o-dile to set two eyelets in each pocket. That's where the string with go through.


Use the string/ribbon/twine to "string" the banner


Here's the banner without embellishment. 


I went through my stash and grabbed anything in the color scheme I was using.


Here are some close ups:










I cut eight 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 squares out of cardstock to tuck in the pockets.  Since we have eight people in our family including grandparents, I am planning to have everyone write down what they are thankful for on a square and them read them at Thanksgiving dinner.

 I'm grateful for the wonderful friends I have that I've met through blogging!


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  1. this is SO cute! thank you for linking up to MMM :)

  2. This is unbelievably wonderful! I love the idea that everyone is going to stick a little note in one of the pockets stating what they are grateful for. You’re the best!

  3. Really cute idea

  4. I love this….do you think my family and friends will mind if I yank all the pockets off the jeans? :O)

  5. This is way too cute, Malia! I love it. I love all the different embellishments. So clever!

  6. Love this!

  7. And we are grateful to you for sharing all your fun ideas!!!

  8. Love how this came out! I was just thinking of making an advent calendar using jeans pockets! You’ve got me hooked! Thanks for sharing!

  9. That is just adorable!!

  10. Love this!!

  11. Very creative and artful! What a fun way to express gratefulness. Thanks for sharing. I came over from Roeshel (DIY Showoff).

  12. That is so cute and creative. Very cool! Thanks for the follow, I already follow you. : )

  13. Thanks for stopping by… I’m following you back!! Your site is adorable. I can’t wait to see more crafts and recipes from you!

  14. What a neat concept- I love the final look!

  15. This is too cute! Thanks for the follow, I am now following you.

  16. This is a great idea – so creative!

  17. Adorable! I love the pocket idea. You could apply this idea in so many different ways.

  18. That is such a cute idea! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  19. How original to use denium pockets for your banner !

  20. Awesome idea . . . I love recycling jeans . . . my favorite thing to do with them is make appliques for clothing and purses.

  21. It’s just a fantastic idea!!
    I love the notes tucked into the pockets!!!

  22. Amazing idea Malia, you’re brilliant! Plus it’s an idea that could really be used for so many different occasions..thanks so very much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to “see” you!

  23. Hi Malia, This is so adorable! I love the recycled materials – so clever and creative. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party – I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today – Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  24. Home run on this one. Banners are so in right now.. and this is definitely unique. Nice job!

  25. That is really clever and cute. Found you on Paisley Passions

  26. What a GREAT idea! I love recycling old jeans! Especially the pockets!!!

  27. Very cute project! I love it! I hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving!
    carla louise

  28. Very cute idea!!! Thanks for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party!
    Punkin Seed Productions

  29. I am a new follower from FFF :) Happy Friday, would love to have you stop by!
    this is an adorable project!

  30. Oh my goodness! That is adorable!
    I am a new follower! Hope you will return the follow to our blog at:
    Just Married with Coupons
    Happy Friday!

  31. Hi, I found you through Friday follow and I am your newest follower! I love the banner, so cute! Happy Friday

  32. How Cute!
    Hello! I am your newest follower from the Friday Blog Hop and would love a follow back on my review and giveaway blog, “In My Opinion…”. Here is the link:
    I do have several blogs, but this one is where I am looking to get followers. Thanks so much!! :)

  33. Thank you for this idea. My 19 year old came home from university this weekend and asked about an advent calendar. Usually she and her sister share one I embroidered when they were little – have one goodie every other day. That wasn’t going to work with one away. I’ve been weaving with denim ripped from old jeans and had kept all the pockets, so we took 24 pockets, and your idea, and they both have an advent calendar this year (cost me twice as much though as I had to fill TWO!!!

  34. How clever it that?! I’ll be featuring this during the catwalk tonight! Thanks for linking it up!

  35. This is so fabulous…that I am almost speechless. I am also a total sucker for anything denim! LOVE!

  36. SO, SO, SO darling!!! I am going to feature this project on Thrilling Thursday tomorrow :) Come by and grab an “I Thrilled” button if you want.

  37. NEWEST follower threw a blog hop!
    Great blog!

  38. This is such a fantastic idea, the texture of the jean material is perfect for a fall banner.

  39. this may be the cutest banner EVER!!!! adorable!

  40. Very cute! I love projects that reuse old things!

  41. Oh so cute!

  42. I came over from SITS (getting caught up on my blog reading, I am waaay behind). I love this idea – it could work for an Advent calendar too if you could save up enough pockets. Or a secret notes pocket to hang in your child’s room. Very inspiring post!

  43. This is such a clever idea! LOVE the way it turned out!
    Shared on FJI Facebook for SNS 107 and pinned. :)

  44. Absolutely awesome!!! I love it. : )

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