Saturday, November 23, 2013

Christmas Garland - Circles and Trees

It is time to start decorating for Christmas.  Usually this waits until the day before or after Thanksgiving.  But with Thanksgiving a week later than usual this year, I think my timing is spot on.

I have already made some Paper Christmas Wreaths that you can see here.  Now it is time for garland.   
First I cut out circles and sewed them together on my sewing machine.  I cut four different greens, four different reds, and one white.  Of course I cut the circles on my Silhouette but these can easily be done by hand or with a punch.  My circles are 2.5 inches in diameter.  At this size I could get 12 circles from one 8.5" x 11" piece of paper.  I used card stock because it holds up better to sewing. 
I arranged the colors in a regular alternating pattern then ran them through the sewing machine using a large stich length.  I used regular thread, with a cranberry color on top and a white in the bobbin.I strung the finished garland at my top stair rail behind the couch.  This is a very long garland which would be good on a tree.  With all these circles I could easily cut it into two or three shorter garlands to use elsewhere.  I think this garland is very festive.
I also cut out Christmas trees to sew together.  I used two different greens.  The trees are 5" height.  I used a dark green top thread and again a white bobbin thread.  To get the spacing I first stitched through the tree then stopped the sewing and pulled the treads (careful to not put pressure on the stitches just sewn into the tree, lest the paper tear) to the back of the sewing machine about 6" or so.  I did not set up a stand to make an accurate measure between trees.  Instead I just eye-balled it.  If the tree garland was for a very formally decorated room, I would have been more precise with the spacing. 

Both of these garlands took only a few minutes to sew together.  The cutting takes the most amount of time.  But a paper cutting machine or some shaped punches the cutting can go quickly.  The beauty of this type of garland is that just about any shape will do.

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  1. So pretty! I'd love to try this, though I am just a beginner at sewing. These look like I could manage them. Thanks for sharing!

    1. They are so much easier to sew than fabric. They are small and don't move around. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Love the Christmas trees! I remember making paper garland, using strips of construction paper. Such a great project! Thank you so much for stopping and linking up with Meandering Mondays! Hope you have a great week!

  3. So simple and so perfect. I love it. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me and I hope you and your family have a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

  4. Super cute! I love the tree garland... looks adorable over the fireplace! Stopping by from Thursday's Favorite Things. I'd love for you to drop by and visit my blog if you get the chance. Have a great weekend!

    Diary of a Debutante

  5. Hey! It's Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! I love this post and would love for you to link up to the Merriest Blog Hop and share your creations! I wanted to do this the other day and now I know how. I glued circles to this strand the other day to make a garland because I wanted there to be pattern on both sides. I used holiday scrapbook paper. I like the idea of using two colors of thread!

  6. I'm dumb...I meant to say thank you for linking up :) You already did...haha

    1. You made me laugh Deonna. I love the idea of doubling up on the Christmas paper so you have the design on both sides. Then you don't have to constantly adjust to keep the garland facing the correct way.

  7. So pretty! I know Deonna already said this, but thanks so much for linking up at the Merriest Blog Hop :)

  8. Love this! So simple and festive, thanks for sharing on the Thankful HomeAcre Hop! I am going to feature your post on Thursday!
    The Home Acre Hop


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