Wednesday, November 28, 2012

{CHRISTMAS TREE GARLAND}


Well, as you may have noticed, I am obsessed with all things garlands.  And I knew I wanted to make one for my blog swap partner, and this one is the best.  If I could have afforded the shipping from the UK or it was in stock, I would have bought myself one, but since I can't, I get to make one!

I started by going to JoAnn's and picking six small print Christmas color fabrics. 


I bought an eighth of a yard of each.  I then cut out a triangle and rectangle with the measurments below (the rectangle was actually 3 1/2 inches, but I folded it in half so I would only have to sew two sides).




I was able to cut out 48 triangles (I am using a different fabric for each side) and 24 rectangles (I am folding the rectangle in half to make the tree trunk).  I matched up fabrics for the front, back, and trunk,


That equals three sets of garlands of eight trees each.   I have decided to NOT be too lazy (I was about to break out the glue gun to assemble these), so get the sewing machine out (but I really think these could really be assembled using the glue gun).

this is what NEVER happens when you sew too long!

I sewed the trunk pieces together and stuffed them.  Then I pinned them to the tree part using two pins and then pinned the top tip together and the embroidery thread in the top bit.  I didn’t want to turn them inside out and sew them, I didn't care if the edges showed.  Ok, so I just decided to make it super easy and call it “EXTRA FOLKSY.”  And it let's you just sew the embroidery thread into the top tip really easily so you don’t have to hand sew all the trees by hand to attach them. 


I put a knot every ten inches to indicate where I wanted to attach the trees.



Sew around two and half sides (make sure and include the top tip with the embroidery thread and the bottom side with the trunk) and then stuff them.  Then finish sewing the whole thing shut.


Then try to take decent pictures that make this look like the best Christmas decorating idea ever.  Because of course it is.  Good luck!

my grandmother made the big tree





 inspiration
                                                                           Source: folksy.com via Oh Boy, Cato! on Pinterest



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23 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, if this isn't just the CUTEST thing ever then I don't know what is!! It is so adorable - GREAT job!

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  2. This is so cute! I am so in love with Christmas bunting this year. :)

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    1. Me too, me too, me too! I can't get enough!

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  3. So cute!!! I love the fabrics you used! Great Christmas craft!

    T'onna
    Submarine Sunday Link Party @ http://navywifeypeters.blogspot.com/2012/11/submarine-sunday-8.html

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    1. i got them all at hobby lobby! and thank you!

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  4. So lovely!!! Love the colors and fabrics! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! I'd love for you to visit my blog.
    Happy week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  5. Such a cute garland!! :) Happy week to you! xx Holly

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  6. I pinned your inspiration tree garland, too! Your version is adorable and extra "folksy"! :) Glad to see it can be done that way... sewing and then turning inside out is not my favorite!

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    1. Awwww! I appreciate it Jen! I hate turning on small projects especially too!

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  7. These turned out so cute! I love all things garland, too! And these are so clever.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to DIY. It'd be great if you could link back. =)

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  8. Stopping by from NewlyWoodwards Dare to DIY and I love this project!
    I'm going to have to add it to my list of things I hope to make soon!!!

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  9. Super cute!! Thanks for joining the Dare to DIY.

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  10. I found your blog from Harper's Happenings and love this! I like to create simple felt garland every season and love this ambitious (for me) idea. Thanks for sharing.

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