Saturday, January 21, 2012

Valentine Days: Sewing a Paper Garland

Okay, This is super easy. Super easy. I purchased my paper and used the die cut machine available in a local craft shop for less than $10 with less than 20 minutes of cutting time. You can make this any length. I made mine really long because I have a wide hearth and knew I wanted to drape it back and forth a couple times to help cheer up the post-Christmas emptiness. 

  1. Valentine colored and/or themed paper - cardstock or printer weight both work well
  2. Sewing machine with red (or your color preference) thread
  3. Access to a die cute machine or scissors and stencils

First, select your paper and die cut shapes and go to town. I used 3 different sizes of circles and 2 different sizes of hearts. I think I used about 6 complete sheets of 12" x 12" paper and 4 partial sheets of 8.5" x 11" carstock. You could totally use scarps and paper punches too! 

Next, pull a long tail of thread from your sewing machine. You'll want this so you can tie your garland to something.

Now all you have to do is sew, sew, sew! Just vary the sizes and patterns of hearts and circles as you go. I like sewing through the centers of the circles and through the upper third of the hearts. Because the hearts are top heavy, they need a little encouragement to stay upright.

When you reach the end, pull our another long thread tail from your machine. Cut and hang! 

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea! I have a bunch of Valentine scrapbooking papers I bought at the dollar section at Target a few years ago that I never had a good project to use with. Thanks for the tutorial, can't wait to try it out!


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