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Topic: Sinfully Easy Garland with Tutorial (Christmas and beyond!)  (Read 19768 times)
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yardenxanthe
« on: November 28, 2004 12:51:35 PM »



Store bought garlands are cool, but they're always short (like six to nine feet) and expensive (like eight to twelve dollars and beyond).  This garland costs about 25 cents to make.

I was inspired by this Martha Stewart Kids magazine garland that used old Christmas cards cut into circles, but I used felt rectangles (easier to cut, readily available cheap material) instead.  You can pretty much use anything for this, though, including paper (construction, cardstock, scrap-booking, etc.), cardboard (I did this the other day with painted cardboard discs), bits of ribbon (did this the other day), fake flowers and leaves, etc.



So, I used about 20 cents worth of felt for this project.

1.  Get your felt ready.  In my case, I cut some up into squares.
2.  Pull about six to eight inches of thread "tail" and then sew through your first square.
3.  Continue to sew a few revolutions without anything under the needle
4.  Put your next felt square through -- I start holding the tail out immediately to help the square make it through straight.
5.  Repeat.



That's it.  Sooooo easy.  You can wrap it around cardboard for a very fancy-schmancy looking way to store it.  You can even give it as gifts.  It looks fabulous on the tree, on wreaths, around presents, around garlands, etc.  This is the cheapest, most eye-popping, handy, diy garland out there.

If you don't want to spend any money (and I'm all for that, I'm sure you have what you need at home!) try using:  cut up junk mail, fabric scraps, yarn bits or six-inch pieces of yarn that you sew through and then tie into a bow, bits of wrapping paper, candy wrappers, magazine cut-outs, etc.

Post your pics!!
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2004 01:17:59 PM »

This is such a great idea thanks so much for sharing
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2004 05:18:49 PM »

This is a great idea, you can even use after christmas for decoration!! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2004 01:31:12 PM »

That is to cute! I'd love to make a curtain out of something like that Grin
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2004 01:45:34 PM »

you are a genius.
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2004 08:35:32 AM »

Yeah, you could adapt this easily for any holiday or occasion.
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2004 03:34:20 PM »

What a wonderful idea! And it can be done by kids to boot! Curious, do you know someone with MS since you got the idea from their kids mag?  I was thinking of getting this for my 14 yr old daughter.  I am the one with MS but, she would benefit from the mag b/c she IS always looking for crafty things to do and she can also learn more about MS.

Thanks for sharing this. 
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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2004 05:38:39 AM »

Sorry, the MS stands for Martha Stewart... didn't mean to confuse!
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2005 09:14:24 PM »

Try it and post pics!!
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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2005 09:28:01 PM »

Totally cute. I love it because you can pick all these crazy colors that felt comes in.

It would look nice to dangle a few strands from a window, or in leiu of a beaded curtain!
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« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2005 07:30:04 AM »

Cute! I've seen where you get the little colored dots (like you use to price things at a yard sale) that you could stick together, like this. But I never really thought of using anything else. I love the squares too, very creative!
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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2005 04:33:59 PM »

I'm confused  Huh

Why would you sew it if you put a string through the felt squares?

I have a sewing machine, but I'm sewing-challenged.

So, can you explain again?
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« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2005 04:30:08 PM »

You just run the squares through the sewing machine to string it.  In my tutorial, there is no manual stringing of squares. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2005 08:36:02 PM »

That's adorable! 
I can't believe something so easy could turn out so cute.
Good job!
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« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2005 07:53:24 AM »

Hi,
i love the idea...i think i'am gonna use to make a curtain for my dining room whoch i use as a second bedroom or guest bedroom...nice way to give it a little privacy!

just a question...not sure if i understood ur weaving pattern..can u explain that a little more? pls.

great job though..loe the colors
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« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2005 01:55:37 PM »

All you do is sew on your sewing machine and send the squares through the machine.
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« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2005 12:45:11 PM »

Thread revival!  Hahahaha...
What type of thread did you use?  It looks clear... I'm thinking about making a door curtain sort of thing. This is a great craft!  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2005 08:05:56 PM »

I just used regular thread.  You can use colored thread or clear thread if you want, though.

Yay for thread revivals. 
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« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2005 11:44:12 PM »

Hm, okay, I'll have to try it.  (Oh my, I have like a million things I planned to do this summer...!)  Thanks! 


Thread revival... smells kind of like Thriller  Wink
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« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2005 02:46:58 PM »

ooh im gona make one for my window!
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« Reply #20 on: July 13, 2005 07:07:21 PM »

This literally made my jaw drop. What a great idea! I can't wait to try it!
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« Reply #21 on: July 27, 2005 06:28:15 PM »

my sewing machine manual said not to do this. will it hurt it?
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« Reply #22 on: July 27, 2005 10:33:35 PM »

I don't celebrate Christmas; what do you do with a garland?
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« Reply #23 on: July 28, 2005 01:46:37 PM »

my sewing machine manual said not to do this. will it hurt it?

It doesn't seem to hurt mine.  Mine's kinda junky though.
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« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2005 01:48:13 PM »

I don't celebrate Christmas; what do you do with a garland?

Depending on what you sew into it, you can use it for whatever you want.  You could make a beaded curtain-style curtain with it.  You could tie it around gifts for extra decoration.
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« Reply #25 on: September 29, 2005 10:30:22 AM »

i am having two thoughts.
one, this is AWESOME and i'm totally going to have to do it for around-the-apartment decoration.
two, this totally reminds me of all that novelty yarn that's around these days - using different fabric (or that!) you could make your own for less then $7 a skein... again, i'm on it.
thanks for posting this!
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« Reply #26 on: September 29, 2005 06:57:42 PM »

two, this totally reminds me of all that novelty yarn that's around these days - using different fabric (or that!) you could make your own for less then $7 a skein... again, i'm on it.

Exactly!  You could very easily use this stuff to make your own novelty yarn (or you could make some and spin it in with some wool or whatever -- not that I've ever done that, but I am sure it could be done).
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« Reply #28 on: May 17, 2009 04:52:56 PM »

thats fantastic! thank you!
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