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Pilgram Hat “Thankful” book – Thanksgiving Cricut Cartridge

cricut pilgram hat notebook

My Little Pilgram Hat “Thankful for” book.

I made this little hat book for Thanksgiving day.  DH and I host Thanksgiving every year and I thought that everyone could write what they are thankful for in this.  Then next year we can take a look at it and maybe see if anything has changed.  I know one year one of my sons was thankful for family and Pokemon.  I have a young nephew who is just learning to write.  It will be nice to see how his writing changes over the years.  I know the adults won’t change their list much, but it will be nice to have everyone’s handwritten thoughts in one place, especially in this digital age.

The Cinch ROCKS!

As you can see by my never-meant-to-be-shown-to-others hat note, I used 8 sheets of 8 1/2×11 white cardstock and was able to cut 4 – 3″ hats out of each sheet of paper.  I set the paper size on my Cricut by lining my cardstock up at bottom left hand corner of the mat and then I set my blade at the top right hand corner of the cardstock.  Next, I pressed “set cut area” on the overlay.  After that, I pressed the “autofill” button and it told me that it would cut 4 hats out of the paper using the 3″ size I’d chosen.

I love using chipboard…though I love recycling cereal boxes even more.

I used the regular blade to cut out the white cardstock hats and the deep cut blade to cut this thick chipboard.  I actually thought this chipboard might be too thick to cut, but it wasn’t!  I set the multi-cut to 4 and turned everything all the way up, including the blade depth to 6.

These are the papers I used.  I love that foil cardstock by Amercian Crafts.  It’s great!

They changed “set paper size” to “set cut area”.  Weird.

Do you know how these seasonal carts work?  You build the multi layered items by column.  For example, do you see the hat I made?  It’s in the 3rd row, 2nd button.  If you wanted to add the layered features for the hat, you would just press the button below the hat.  Those are its pieces.  This works the same way with several other images.  Just take a look below the item you’re interested in and you might find a layer for it.

Here are all the pieces.  Ready for assembly!

Two chipboard hats + hat shaped paper.  All ready to become a little book!

I love that the Cinch has these places to hook the wires so you can easily assemble your projects.

I put the back cover on right side in so that when I flipped it over it would have the right side out.  Does that make sense?  I hope so.

I love these red wires!  These are for the Bind It All, but they work in the Cinch too. Wire cutters are a necessity when using the Cinch or the Bind It All.  I like those Color Box chalks and I used that one to ink the edges of the hats.  Those freaky little sticks are for sanding.  I sanded the edges of the chipboard hat.

That’s it!  It’s bound and ready to take its place at Thanksgiving dinner.


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  1. Sheryl Kemper says:

    You sure are a creative little bug. I love what you do. You want me to post pics of my album I made and your wall?

  2. What a awesome idea! It would be fun to reread the entries in later years. A new family tradition and keepsake. Thank you for sharing this!

  3. Love this idea and it’s adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  4. GlendaLea says:

    This is a Super smart idea! Thanks for the chance to win some of those super prizes!, have a Scrap Happy Day!

  5. This is so cute Joy! I don’t have a Bind It or a Cinch, but I have been thinking about getting one. I might have to start shopping around to see where the good deals are. Thanks!

  6. What a great idea! And that hat is so cute!

  7. Joy,
    This is probably one of my favorite projects. I love everything about it, especially the meaning. Too funny about your son being thankful for Pokemon. When my son was about 9 he was thankful for dinosaurs. Can ya imagine? LOL
    I love the idea about looking at them year after year to see what changes. What a great gift for them and for you family.
    I love it

  8. Joy, that is just a super fun little book! What a neat memory book and not a very time-intensive project!

  9. This is such a great idea…it’ll be so fun to see how the things folks are thankful for change over time. Especially the kids. Every year, my middle son says he’s thankful for food….I think this will never change. At age 9, he’s glued to the Food Network. I’m hoping that one year he’ll be thankful for the Mom who prepares his food! LOL

    ~Sharon C.

  10. This is so cute Joy! I love it. Oh man…. Now I want a cinch 🙂 I better not tell my husband. LOL

  11. sy3_smith says:

    That is the cutest little book!
    I’ve never used a cinch or bind it but it looks so cool!
    you did a great job!

  12. MissMichelle says:

    I love this! I am definitely going to try these for my daycare children next month! I know I can always count on u for inspiration! Thanks Joy!,,,,

  13. What a cute idea. I finally got a bind-it-all and can’t wait to use it. THanks for the ideas

  14. JennaNichole says:

    I love the idea of the notebook being a hat, its so good for everyone to think about what they are thankful for!

  15. What a great idea! The more I see the Clinch, the more I think I might get one. Oh, LOVE all the little turkey jokes and of course, your pink glitter nail polish!

  16. What a great idea! I have never made a book, I have no idea why I haven’t but I am changing that today!! Thanks Joy!

  17. Such a cute idea! Makes me want to start a similar tradition with my family!

  18. I just finished a mini book about our family’s hair styles since 1980. I wish I had a Cinch to put it together, I just used rings! Anyway, some of us are thankful we still have hair and that is what we would write in your book. LOL! What a great Thanksgiving tradition. PS. I can see a Cinch in my future.

  19. shewhodreams says:

    Super cute!!

  20. What a lovely keepsake and a wonderful way to spend thanksgiving. Great to see your cinch in action again, I am keeping my fingers crossed for a bind it all very soon.
    Kim xXx

  21. jenleisen says:

    This is ADORABLE! Would be a fun project for a kids school class ~ a gift to parents to say what their child is thankful for. You are just so crafty!!! 😀

  22. What a neat idea. You are so creative! I might use the pilgrim hat to make cards, with gypsy, weld at top of hat…awesome! I love how you inspire!

    thomfam at inreach dot com

  23. So many great ideas Joy’s Life! I just discovered your blog today and am excited to explore more of it 🙂

    1. Welcome Jessica! I’m glad you are here! 😀

  24. I love this idea. When I saw the hat image I wasn’t sure what to do with it but this is a perfect idea. THanks for the inspiration.

  25. What an awesome idea Joy. You are so very talented, thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

  26. This a great idea!!! I know I have a lot to be Thankful in my life

  27. clairbear3 says:

    This is a great idea. Love IT!!

  28. Joy…you have the best projects! I am loving this everyday project idea. Will you do it for Christmas too? Oh come on ….what else do you have to do?
    Thanks again for all you do!

  29. Janet Licari says:

    Great project and idea for Thanksgiving Day! Thanks for all you do
    quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

  30. Love the little hats! Another fun idea! Thanks for sharing!

  31. Djfolkestad@charter.net says:

    Love these little hat books, what a great thing!

  32. I love this idea for Thanksgiving Dinner! I am definitely going to try this! Kathy

  33. Very clever! you will appreciate having that in years to come!

  34. Neat idea! I just got my cinch yesterday and can’t wait to use it! I have calendars in process, but this is great for Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for your great ideas!

  35. What a cute Idea. I really want the Cinch. It is at the top of my wish list.

  36. That is an adorable hat.
    Ok Cinch is moving up higher on the Wish list!
    Gypsy is first.
    Then 2 specific Imagine carts.
    and I love your idea of writing down what you are thankful for!

  37. Lemondrops says:

    Well, I guess I better put a Cinch on my Christmas wish list. What a clever idea. Thanks, Joy! I am thankful that you share your great ideas!

  38. I love this! What an awesome idea!

  39. cricutlover20 says:

    Great idea!! Love it and borrowing it..lol.

  40. What a super cute project. I love it.

    Gotta try it asap.


  41. winnielosie says:

    Well we are on day 7 now and i think i have been here every day. Love the cute book you made.

  42. Loving those hats. I’ve decided that insead of buying chip board I will be using the cereal boxes instead.

  43. That was a very cool Idea. I may have to borrow that for Thanksgiving this year.. Keep up the good work!

  44. dgutierez1 says:

    That is such a cool book – love the idea. I am wanting a Cinch or Bind it All – still trying to decide on which one to get….

    Deanne G

  45. tbirkhead says:

    Great idea – would be nice to leave this out for others to fill in.

  46. Great idea. Looks terrific! I’m still groaning over the jokes…we have wild turkey come visit and boy the male’s head is quite blue. Now I know why. 😉 Thanks!

  47. finecrafter says:

    This is such a great idea! I would love to have my kids write in it and see how things change over the years! I’ll have to dust off my bind it all!!

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