Crafty Corner: Felt Holly Garland

There is nothing like holiday decorations to put me in a festive mood. It’s even better when I’ve crafted them myself. We dug out the box of Christmas decorations from the basement last week and I realized I’ve had the same stash for a really long time. Time for something new, fresh, and fun!

Project materials:

  • Nine pieces of felt (3 light green, 3 dark green, 3 dark red – or any colors you like)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • 4 Binder Clips
  • Thread (ideally one that matches the darkest color felt)
  • Sewing Machine

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I started by making three patterns on a plain piece of white paper: a holly leaf, small circle, and big circle. My plan was to make a garland of holly leaves with matching color circles between them.

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I then fastened four pieces of felt together with the binder clips and traced on the pattern. I recommend tracing on the light green felt so the lines are easy to see. With the felt batched together, I could be more efficient while cutting out the shapes. The binder clips really help hold everything together while cutting.

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Finished circles and leaves. Also, felt carnage.

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Next, I set up an assembly line to make my hot gluing quicker and safer.

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I glued two different color leaves overlapping slightly, with two holly berries glued to the top.

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Holly jolly holly leaves! Let them sit for 5 minutes to make sure all of the hot glue has cooled and set.

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Next I laid out all of the pieces in the order I wanted them on the garland. This helped me get a sense of layout and length. Each garland had 33 circles and 10 holly leaves. I made 3 garland strands in total.

Time to sew! I simply fed each circle, back to back, through the sewing machine. It was quite easy, felt acts very similar to cotton when sewing.

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When I got to the holly leaves, I sewed directly through the top so the garland would be weighted evenly. Be careful when doing this though, my sewing machine needle got a little sticky from all the glue in there.

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I repeated until I had sewed all of the pieces together. I made sure to leave a bit of excess thread at the beginning and end of each strand to help me hang them up.

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All done! I hung one garland in our living room window, one in the kitchen,

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and one in my cube at the office!

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I love the way this garland turned out – super cute and really festive. I’ve gotten a bunch of compliments so far too. I can’t wait to make more garland like this in the future for other special occasions!

About Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.
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4 Responses to Crafty Corner: Felt Holly Garland

  1. Carmar says:

    Love it! I’ve recently gotten into making bunting for friends’ nurseries… and wanted to make a christmas themed one for myself. But this is even cuter!

  2. Dawn Marie says:

    You need to sell these. I would be your first customer. I think they are festive and cute.

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