Friday, September 28, 2012

And a DIY for you: dollar store leaf garland tutorial (seriously easy!)

We are on a garland-making roll around here!  After the boys made these sweet paper leaf garlands the other day, I decided to make a leaf garland, too.  Mine was even easier, quicker, and cheaper than theirs.  This cute leaf garland used about $2 in supplies sourced from a dollar store and some scrap ribbon I had on hand, and 10 minutes of my time.  And it only took 10 whole minutes because I had "help" and sewed most of it with one hand.  I simply used the same chain sewing technique that I taught the boys

Oh yeah.  It's that easy.  Let's get started, shall we?

For this cute Dollar Store Leaf Garland, you'll need:

* a couple of packages of fabric leaves... I found these packages of 50 silky fabric leaves at Dollar Tree in the seasonal section.  I've also seen these types of leaves at Dollar General (60 leaves for $1!) and at Michael's (although they cost a wee bit more than $1 per package.)
* about 24 inches of ribbon... I used some brown grosgrain I had lying around.
* thread
* sewing machine
* scissors

First, cut your ~24" ribbon into two equal parts. 
Now fold these 12" pieces of ribbon in half, and set one aside.  Take one of the folded ribbons and. . .

. . . place that fold under the sewing machine's needle, under the presser foot.  Sew a couple of stitches back and forth on the fold.  This is for anchoring the garland to the ribbon, which will become ties for hanging the garland.  Now, without lifting the presser foot, slide a fabric leaf under the presser foot and start sewing. . .

. . . right down the center vein, using a long stitch.  And when you come to the edge of the leaf, continue sewing right off that edge, and then slip another leaf under the presser foot.

I sewed the leaves in random color order, but all oriented in the same direction.  You can sew your leaves in patterns, random placements, however you like!  Continue chain sewing until your garland is the length of your choosing, or until you run out of leaves.  ;)

To finish off your garland, sew to the edge of your last leaf.  Pick up your last remaining folded ribbon piece, and slide the fold under the presser foot. . .

. . . and sew a few stitches back and forth, anchoring the ribbon to the garland.  And that. is. IT.  Crazy-easy, right?

someday, I'll hide those ugly electronics cords.  someday. 
meanwhile, let's just look at the pretty leaves.

I didn't use the garland's ties in this particular location, so I just tied the ribbons into a simple bow.

I still have quite a few leaves left, and so I'll be making more garlands to drape about the house.  I love that these decorations can be used again next year, and the year after that!  I also love the super-super-low price tag.  I think these would look so sweet at a harvest party, or maybe decor for a classroom!

Up next. . . .

And after I whip up some more leaf garlands, I'll be finishing another tutorial and pattern I've been working on.  It's a little more involved, so hopefully I can wrap that up tomorrow, and post it this weekend.  ANNNDD I'll be posting about a giveaway, THAT giveaway, also this weekend.  "Oh, sure," you say.  Yeah, I know.  I promised a giveaway MONTHS ago, so I don't blame you for being skeptical.  It's coming, and I hope you'll drop by again to check it out.  See you soon.  REALLY.

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