Although I love crafting, my sewing skills are basic to say the least. In 2013 I tackled some very easy projects with my new sewing machine, and making a felt garland has been on my list of things to try for what seems like forever.
I’ll admit it – I actually made this garland for our Christmas tree and meant to post about it in December, but the frantic pace of the festive preparations took over and the blog was unceremoniously dumped until the celebrations were over for another year. I don’t think it looks too Christmassy though so I reckon I can probably still get away with blogging about it.
I can’t stress how easy this garland is to do – all it took was a very basic understanding of my sewing machine, and I was able to knock one garland up in about 10 minutes.
- Using sharp scissors, cut triangles out of sheets of felt (I used red, white and grey felt, but plan to make another one using brighter shades, and also including different shapes such as circles and squares). The triangles don’t have to be the same size – in fact I like them different types and sizes.
- Lay out a line of your triangles to get a feel for the colour order you’d like them in. I opted for a repeating pattern, but if I was using more colours I’d probably go for something a bit more random.
- With a sewing machine, stitch the triangles together by stitching down the centre of one triangle and then placing the next triangle straight after, and so on, until your garland reaches your chosen length. I didn’t leave spaces between my triangles, preferring one long continuous run. Back stitch at the beginning and end of your garland to secure.