it’s the perfect time of year to brighten things up with a DIY felt garland… and we’re here to show you how to make your very own! with bonus hand-sewing instructions, it may also be the perfect project to keep the hands of your favorite kiddo busy while on holiday.
*bonus* save some time and let us do the hard work for you! stop in to the shop to pick up a felt garland kit which includes printed directions and pre-cut felt circles in a variety of sizes.
Included in the kit:
Felt circles in a variety of sizes
Perle cotton and a hand needle (for hand sewing)
Sewing machine and thread (for machine sewing)
1. Cut felt into circles. To cut felt circles, trace a cup or other circular object onto felt and cut inside the line (to avoid having the marked lines show on the finished product). When cutting felt, use a very sharp pair of scissors. Scissors with a serrated blade will grip the felt while cutting, resulting in a more accurate cut. Pre-cut felt circles are available in some craft stores.
For hand sewing:
2. Cut a piece of perle cotton to the desired garland length. A length of 60” works for about 25 felt circles.
3. Tie a knot about 3 inches from the end of the string. Increase the size of the knot by putting the end of the string through the loop several times before pulling the end to tighten the knot.
4. Thread the needle by placing the opposite end of the string through the eye of the needle. You’ll need a needle with an eye large enough to accommodate the perle cotton.
5. Choose your first circle and push the needle though it several times, creating several stitches on the needle, before pulling it through. (see photo)
6. Pull the needle and string through the felt until the circle is near the knot.
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the additional circles. Leave two or three inches between the circle. Tie a knot similar to the knot tied in step 3 after the last circle. Leave three or four inches of string beyond the knot. You garland is complete!
For machine sewing:
2. Thread the sewing machine with the desired thread color. Pull a few inches of thread to the back of the machine. place the first circle under the presser foot. Using a straight stitch, sew across the center of the circle.
3. Continue sewing off the edge of the felt. Sew a few inches with nothing under the presser foot before feeding the next circle under the presser foot. This will leave a chain of twisted thread between the circles.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the remaining circles. The garland can be as long as you wish. The circles will remain connected by the thread between them.
5. When you’ve reached the last circle, sew off the end and cut the thread three or four inches from the last circle. Your garland is complete!
you’re done! you could even try your garland with other shapes… think triangles or squares, or maybe even some holiday-inspired shapes? stockings or little trees could be fun (just make sure that you stitch close to the top of your shapes so that they don’t hang upside-down).
kits to make a 60″ garland available at sewn studio for $5.99.
if you make your own felt garland, make sure to share it in the sewn studio flickr group!