(Yes, I am back on my laptop! Hooray!)
One of the projects is this banner/garland.
I've made a couple of garlands before, like the ones I have hanging up at the shop. Because a few people have asked about whether there is a pattern, I decided to take photos and make a little tutorial here!
1. Pick out some nice fabrics... I decided on 3 patterned ones with a Christmassy look. plus white.
Cut them into strips, I think mine are 8 inches wide.
I cut a couple of rectangles, 6" x 8 ". Fold the rectangle in half and cut the diagonal triangles off the edge.
I wanted the garland to spell out Merry Christmas, so I decided to make red letters and attach them with fusible web.
To make the pattern for the letters, I just made some 2 inch lines on freezer paper and sketched out the letters. (on the dull, papery side!)
I did a trial one where I stitched around the outline of the letter, but it was time consuming, and I decided that I really don't think it's needed on a seasonal garland. But, it could be decorative on some projects!
Or, you could just embroider letters!
6. Layer each of the triangles with a backing fabric, and stitch around the lower 2 sides,
I used the blunt end of a paintbrush to help push out the sharp points at the ends of the triangles:
6. To make the string that connects the flags, I make it using 2-1/2" strips of fabric. Iron them in half lengthwise, like you are making a binding, (In other projects I've used the leftovers of binding strips that I just joined end to end.
7 Lay out the flags beside the string, and space them out where you want to sew them on.
Then sew the "string" closed along the double fold edge, slipping the triangles inside the string as you go to hold them in place.
I sewed on little bells to the ends as well, to make it more festive!
(they are fun to make)
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