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Free Thanksgiving Plastic Canvas Patterns - Happy Thanksgiving Banner

Updated on November 18, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Banner Free Plastic Canvas Pattern

I designed this cute Thanksgiving Free Plastic Canvas Pattern for my entryway a couple of years ago. I get so frustrated that stores seem to forget there is a holiday between Halloween and Christmas. Since I wasn't having much luck finding Thanksgiving decorations, I chose to make my own!

This pattern languished on my hard drive for a long time. I finally decided to dust it off and share it with others so they could make one of their own. The finished plastic canvas project is pretty long (8-10 feet depending on how you space the letters) but you could use 10 ct plastic canvas to make a shorter one. Using just the most basic of plastic canvas stitches, it is a great project for beginners, or to teach kids the basics of sewing.

Keep reading for the free pattern to make your own Happy Thanksgiving Banner.

Image: Scraps2Treasures

Materials Needed

3 sheets of 7 ct plastic canvas

worsted weight yarn in tan,brown, dark brown, red, gold, and orange

#16 plastic canvas needle

3 yds brown 1/2 inch ribbon

2 - 1/2 inch plastic rings

hot glue gun


Additional Materials You May Want

Whenever I am working on a plastic canvas project, I find it helpful to have a needle threader and a plastic canvas hole/rib counter on hand. It makes things much easier!

Feel free to change the colors if you like. White or cream letters with a brown trim would also be pretty on this banner.

About Jennifer Robyn Designs Free Plastic Canvas Patterns

This Happy Thanksgiving Free Plastic Canvas Pattern is copyrighted to Jennifer Robyn Designs. The pattern is presented freely and without warranty. The pattern may not be redistributed without permission of the copyright owner, instead please just share the link to this pattern. Jennifer Robyn Designs patterns may not be sold under any circumstances,however, you may sell small quantities of the items you make from the patterns, either online or at craft fairs.

Pattern Images: Jennifer Robyn Designs, author of this page.

Stitches Used in This Thanksgiving Free Plastic Canvas Pattern

This pattern uses the continental stitch. If desired, you can use the slanted gobelin stitch on the letters instead of the continental stitch as it will work up quicker. The pattern also uses the overcast stitch to finish things off. If you are unfamiliar with any of these stitches, be sure to check out the links below for free instructions from Annie's Attic.

Happy Thanksgiving Banner Free Plastic Canvas Pattern Assembly Instructions

1. Cut all pieces according to the charts. (I recommend using a dry erase marker to draw the pattern on the canvas before you cut it.)

2. Stitch the turkey. Overcast using colors matching the surrounding


3. Stitch the letters using light brown. Overcast in brown.

4. Tie one end of the ribbon to one of the plastic rings. Knot it.

5. Use the glue gun to attach the ribbon to the top of backs of the letters and

the turkey. Use the turkey to separate the word "happy" from the word

"thanksgiving." It would be beneficial to lay the letters out to get the spacing

right before you do any gluing.

6. Tie the other end of the ribbon to the other plastic ring. Hang banner as


Image: Scraps2Treasures

All finished! Now hang it up and stand back to admire your work :)

Want to Design Your Own Plastic Canvas Patterns?

It's easy! I use Plastic Canvas Design Studio Software. You can easily import pictures and the software converts them to a pattern. Check it out!

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      6 years ago

      I am trying to find your pattern for the alphabet letters but I cannot seem to find them. Can you please help me. I am wanting to make your Happy Thanksgiving Banner plus others: Birthday, Halloween, Christmas. I love your idea of using a dry erasable marker. It was one of those (hit your head and say "Why didn't I think of that" lol

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      6 years ago

      Pinning to my Happy Thanksgiving board. No time for crafts this season, but I enjoy looking at them.

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      7 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving too!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      7 years ago from Ljubljana

      Thanks for great pattern and happy Thanksgiving!

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      8 years ago

      This is just sweet!

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      8 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: You can scan in a picture and then design your pattern from it. Simple images work best though. I wouldn't recommend using a photo, like you can with cross-stitch software. There would be just too many colors to deal with in the finished pattern. However, it works pretty well with clipart. You do have to play around with it a bit after you scan the image to get it looking just right and wean out some of the colors. The program puts shading in so you might have 3 shades of green in the pattern when just 1 shade of green would suffice. But it is pretty easy to use their replace function to take care of that.

      There used to be another program but it is not being produced anymore. I don't remember if you could make patterns from clipart with it or not. I did like the cut feature though that was so easy to show the shape of the pattern pieces. Plastic Canvas Design Studio does cut lines too but it was simpler with the other program.

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Scraps2treasures: Thank you so much! I do have a Hobby Lobby nearby... in fact had planned to go there today for other supplies! :) I will definitely look for the hole counter. And I have been using the dry erase pens for marking the plastic canvas!

      I'm very interested in the design program. I had seen something similar once in a very old craft magazine, but didn't know it was still available. Can you 'scan' in a picture and design your plastic canvas pattern from it? I may be back soon to order one. :)

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      8 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: Forgot to add that in addition to the hole counter, it is also useful to have a dry erase marker to draw the cut lines before you get out the scissors. It helps you avoid errors and then you can just wipe away the lines after you cut the pieces.

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      8 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thank you so much for the blessing! What sort of projects did your mom make?

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      8 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thanks for visiting! I am glad you enjoyed the pattern. I have found that a hole counter is a great help - especially for larger pieces. It works for both 10 ct and 7 ct and is usually less than a dollar. I think I have seen them at Hobby Lobby if you have one of those nearby. Everything Plastic Canvas has them for 89 cents. (They are also called a Hole Scaler)

      I did design my graphs with plastic canvas design studio. I love it! You can either draw the pattern yourself or import clipart and the program will make the pattern for you. One of these days, I am going to make a tutorial lens for it.

      Let me know if you have any other questions :) I love to talk plastic canvas!

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've been doing plastic canvas for about two years (I usually crochet :) -- and discovered patterns are hard to come by -- the PC magazines are out of business and only some leaflets are available. So always enjoy finding new patterns and your Thanksgiving banner is delightful.

      I have a couple questions. What is a plastic canvas hole/rib counter and where can I find one? Does it really help you to count holes quicker/easier? Takes me forever -- and multiple counts -- before I'm sure it's correct.

      Other question is, did you design this banner pattern with the plastic canvas Design Studio software you mention above? I've found several designs in knitting/crochet charts and/or cross-stitch pattern books that I've wanted to use for a plastic canvas design and I have to graph it out individually on graph paper, then color it in so I can easily 'read' it while working on my project. To be able to do it on the computer - in color - would be fantastic! Appreciate your advice.

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      8 years ago

      Awesome stuff! My mom used to do plastic canvas work all the time. Love this lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel. :)


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