Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Leaf Garland

With Fall just around the corner, I thought I would re-run a post I did a couple of years ago.  It would be a great little project for using up some of that fall fabric :-)
I love using my Shape Cut slotted ruler. It makes cutting much more accurate (at least for me) plus I can make several cuts at one time. So I decided to make a  Leaf Garland. And thought I'd share with you how I made it.

The first thing I did was cut two WOF by 4" to make my own binding type string.

I sewed the two pieces together then ironed them in half, folded them onto themselves...

and fold again to sew. Sewing it down with a zig zag stitch.

Trace around a leaf shaped pattern. But don't cut it yet.
And you know those left over pieces of batting?

They will work perfectly for this garland.

Cut 6" x 11 1/2" from several different pieces of fall fabric.

Fold the fabric in half, pin your pattern on the TOP piece of fabric,
and be sure that your stem is on the fold.

Cut around the TOP piece of fabric only. Then place your batting in between the folded fabric, and sure that your string is at the top of fold.....

(showing the piece of fabric for the free form leaf)


Sew around the edges of the sandwiched leaf.
Now cut around the edges of the leaf.
I know this is probably a pretty basic way to do this, but I wanted to show you how I made the free form leaf and how it is attached to the string. Making it two sided allows you to use the garland where both sides are finished.

And here is the garland, decorating my mantle.
Thanks for taking the time to view this little tutorial.  It's time to welcome Fall!


Vicki Boster said...

Jocelyn- omgosh the leaf garland is magnificent!! I'd love to make one of those-- in my non existent spare time!!! It's so unique!

Your beautiful scarf has arrived- thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are such a dear and I'm so grateful for your generosity. I love you for doing this--

Tammy said...

How pretty

Loris said...

Well, How fun is that?! Lovely idea! It looks great. Thank you for sharing it again :-)

Tatkis said...

Such a cute and cosy autumn garland!


Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Very clever and cute!!

MarveLes Art Studios said...

i'm glad you did this again! it's so sweet, and such a perfect decoration. i love it. i think i'm going to have to stop what i am doing and do it... NOW it's so darling!!! lol

Tanna said...

A perfect herald to fall!! Love it. blessings ~ tanna

legato1958 said...

Your garland is beautful!
Thanks for sharing


Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a beautiful garland and tutorial! Thanks for sharing.
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Allie said...

That is darling, Jocelyn, perfect way to welcome fall!

Susan said...

What an excellent way to herald in Fall! I love that this is a keepsake garland, XOXO

Val's Quilting Studio said...

I'm getting ready to decorate my mantle for Fall today...thanks for the inspiration!

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Judy Biggerstaff said...

Such cute garland for the fall, love the look.