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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SUPPLIES

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

DIRECTIONS
 
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.

OPTIONS
  • 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?
 
RESOURCES
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! 
xo, 
Jennifer
 

Comments

  1. 2

    says

    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!

  2. 6

    says

    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.

  3. 10

    says

    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 :)

  4. 13

    says

    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?

  5. 15

    says

    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!

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