Tutorial: Quick and Festive Garland & Giveaway!

Welcome to day 4 of Deck the Halls! I hope you’re enjoying this festive series of tutorials that my friends have put together. 


Today’s guest blogger is Adrianne from Little Bluebell. She’s a super talented, crafty mama from North Cali. I love Adrianne’s use of color and her quilts are lovely. Definitely check out her small projects page too- loads of inspiration (love those fabric keychains!)

Take it away Adrianne! 

Hello! My name is Adrianne and I am so excited that Jennifer invited me to help you Deck Your Halls!! This time of year inspires me to get crafty and today we’re going to make a festive dotty garland. This fun piece can be hung in so many places like: mantles, trees, windows, banisters, shelves and headboards. Let me show you how to make it.

Dotty Garland Tutorial
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  • Felt, 4 sheets of different colors
  • Thread
  • Scissors or a Die Cutter
  • Sewing Machine or Hand sewing needle
  • Marking Pen (optional)

Step 1: Gather your supplies
1) Gather your supplies
Step 2: Cut out 1.5" circles
2) Cut out your circles either with a die cutter (2a) or by tracing around your thread and cutting out with scissors (2b).  Circles should measure about 1.5″ across.
Step 3: 18 of each color
3) I used 64 circles (16 of each color) to make an 11′ garland.
Step 4: Pick a pattern
4) Decide on a pattern, or go completely random. It’s up to you!
Step 5: Chain stitch your circles together leaving about .5" in-between circles
5) Chain stitch your circles together leaving about .5″ in-between circles. Do not cut your thread until you have sewn all the circles together.
Step 6: Time to Decorate
6) Time to Decorate!!  Find a place to hang your new Dotty Garland.
Step 7: Store wrapped around a piece of cardboard
7) When it’s time to store your garland, wrap it around a piece of cardboard to avoid tangling.

  • Change the length by cutting more or less circles. Four circles equals about 8″ of garland.
  • Have fun with the color combo. One color, two colors, or ten colors, you can’t go wrong.
  • Hand stitch circles together with perl cotton for a fun chunky look.
  • Layer another smaller circle on top to make it extra dotty.
  • Use colored thread instead of white.  How about a festive red?
Thanks so much for following along.  Have fun decking your halls!!!

How cute is that? This would be a great project to make with kids too. 

Be sure to pop on over to Little Bluebell to ENTER TO WIN a gift certificate from Mountain of the Dragon fabric shop! 

*You can shop Mountain of the Dragon (for some fabulous fabric!) from now until Christmas and get 15% off your order with the coupon code DECKTHEHALLS15

Then head on over the THIS POST to enter to win a $50 gift certificate from Contemporary Cloth!

Make sure you check out all the stops in our hop!

11/26: S.O.T.A.K. Handmade / Giveaway from Sew Me a Song
11/27: Live A Colorful Life / Giveaway from Zipit!
11/28: Petit Lyons /Giveaway from Zipit!
12/4: Jednoiglec / Giveaway from Sew Fresh Fabric
12/5: Owen’s Olivia / Giveaway from Sew Fresh Fabric
Happy Holidays! 


  1. Hmmmmm, I haven’t used my Go cutter to cut felt yet, but I’m thinking I might have to try it out!! Really cute, thanks.

  2. Ooh, I love this! I have a birthday felt garland just like this, but in rainbow colors and my kids smile every time I bring it out. I wish I had a diecut machine for this project alone–every event in my household would have it’s own felt garland!

  3. That is adorable!

  4. So cute! And so doable-thanks!

  5. what a fun project. I love it, thanks for sharing.

  6. I made a felt garland a few months back and I love it! I don’t have a die cutter though and had to cut out all the circles by hand – wasn’t so bad. I also used different sizes of circles.
    Cute project.

  7. Excellent!

  8. Too cute! Love the colors in your garland. Thanks for sharing snd being part of the hop.

  9. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  10. i’ve made alot of these since I bought my bigshot with card and felt, hearts, circles, stars, so easy and look beautiful. I’m going to make a snowflake one for our tree :)

  11. This is super cute! I would love to make different ones for each holiday, thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Cute idea!!! Thanks for sharing!

  13. So so so cute! I was thinking about doing this with scrapbook paper a while back (I have a bunch from before I went digital and a 2″ hole punch). I wasn’t sure if sewing paper would be a bad idea. I was thinking I could just use an old needle…not sure if the paper would do anything bad to my machine though. Anyone know?

  14. My 6 year old daughter would love to do this project together! So simple, but great impact. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Oh, I just love the garland and it’s so easy and quick to make ~ thanks so much for the tutorial. I always make a decoration for my son and dil and they would just LOVE this!

  16. How cute! I have a Sizzix circle cutter die I should use!

  17. This is so cute! Sadly I don’t have a Go or a Sizzix so it will be good old scissors for me :/

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