Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Felt and Ribbon Garland
This project took me a bit longer than I like my midweek projects to take, but I'm happy with the results. I don't have a lot of Christmas decorations, so I decided it was time to make something for my home. Something quick and easy that I could make without a pattern or a lot of effort. A felt and ribbon garland:
decorating my antique Victorian piano (it's not really worth that much, but it's pretty, don't you think?)
I started with three 9x12 pieces of felt and 2 yards of ribbon. I used red, green, and white, because I do traditional colors with my decorations. The fun part about making decorations yourself is that you can customize them to fit your home.
As always, I started with a sketch. In this case the sketch also turned out to be my pattern. I went with a candy cane, a tree, and a present for my shapes. You can do anything you like: Santa heads, ornaments, snow flakes, bells. Look around at the decorations you already have and incorporate those themes into your garland.
If you have a plotter cutter machine, like a Cricut or a Silhouette, this will be even easier for you. Let the machine cut all your pieces and parts. (If you do have one, I'm jealous. Those machines are so handy for crafting.)
I sketched them out on my cutting mat so I could have the grid as a reference. The present is 2x2" and the others are about 2x2.5". After getting my shape patterns settled, I folded the felt in half and cut out the candy cane and tree each five times (so 10 of each) and the present 6 times (12 presents.) Then you have to cut out the accents. You'll notice I tried to do a bow thing on the present. Yeah. It was ugly so I got rid of it later. For the presents, I just needed two narrow green strips per present. Don't worry about making them the right length, at this point it's easiest to have them a little long. For the tree I cut three white circles for each one. And the candy canes got three stripes each. Those are just strips I cut long on purpose.
I found that cute little wooden stick in the package of stuffing the other day. It's been very helpful in filling small shapes like these. Using a stuffing stick, or a knitting needle, or a chop stick or other small instrument, lightly stuff each piece.