Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Felt Leaf Garland Tutorial : :

Fall is the perfect time to get out and get creative by doing nature-inspired art projects with your children. Today's project is all about using the natural beauty in the colored leaves of this season to create and inspire an art project for the kids and you to do, together!

Felt Leaf Garland

What you'll need : :
  • A variety of wool blend felt pieces in Fall colors
  • A variety of Fall leaves for color and shape inspiration
  • Card Stock for making the leaf shape templates
  • Markers
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Double Folded Bias Tape
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread 
  • Pins
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Gathering Leaves and Inspiration : :

While most of the leaves around the house are still green, we were able to find all that we needed to guide us in our color choices and leaf shapes for this project.

Gathering Leaves

1. Trace a variety of the leaves onto a heavy paper such as card stock, and cut those out to make the leaf pattern templates 2. Trace the leaf templates onto the felt (this is the perfect job for kiddos) 3. Cut out the felt leaf shapes (This might be a job just for the adults, depending on how old, and handy with scissors, the children are.)

My creation

4. Keep tracing those leaves. I left the more simple shapes for my youngest. They each ended up picking a favorite 5. Using just a little bit of glue, have your little one attach the cut out leaf to another piece of felt of a different color 6. Cut away the felt again, until you have have a double-sided leaf

My creation

7. Continue until you have a nice variety of shapes and colors. Seventeen was the perfect amount of leaves for a standard package of double sided bias tape. You can use less or more depending on how full you want your garland to be.

Layered Felt Leaves

8. Now it's time to sew! I let the kids help with adding a simple, straight stitch to a few of the leaves (pic 1), then I showed them how to do both a straight stitch up the center with stitches coming out from that center line (pic 2), and a few with free motion quilting (pic 3).

My creation

Continue until you've added the stitching to each of the felt leaves.

Machine Stitched Leaves

Assembling The Garland : : 

Garland Supplies

9. Create a loop at the end and pin, this is for hanging the garland 10. About every 2 1/2" or so, open the double-sided bias tape and insert a leaf 11. close bias tape and pin leaf in place

My creation

12. Continue repeating this step until all the leaves are pinned to the bias tape, alternating leaf colors and shapes, spacing them out evening.

Pinned Leaves

13. Begin sewing with a thread that matches the bias tape color, starting at the loop, back-stitching when you begin 14. Make your way down the bias tape, removing pins as you go, keeping your seam close to the edge. Make sure to catch the leaf end with your needle 15. Finish by back-stitching at the end loop

My creation

You're finished!  

Felt Leaf Garland

Wishing a wonderful Fall Season to all!!! 


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76 comments:

Mami Made It said...

How wonderful and lovely!
Beautiful fall garland!

Lucy said...

What a cute project to do with kids, now I know what to do with all those leaves that they keep bringing in the house!

GoofingOff said...

I love the garland! What a wonderful idea.

Rosa said...

Very cute and wonderful.!!Well done

Anna said...

love it! wow, so pretty. Fall is definitely here!

rachel said...

what a lovely project (and tutorial!). thanks for sharing!

Jewel said...

Totally gonna make this... adorable!

Meeling said...

Looks awesome!! I love your tutorial photos. This would look great over my fireplace mantle. :)

Jacey said...

So sweet! I love the way stitches look on felt. What a cheery decoration!

Lindsay Conner said...

This is a really great idea... I wonder if I could get the kids at church into this. Thanks for the ideas!

poppyinpink said...

Thanks for sharing this delightful idea and is that Hugs and Kisses Moona fabric in the background? An excellent choice.

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Oh I LOVE This!!! And what a fun project to work on!!!

Jen said...

This is great! I've got a pile of felt leaves I made this weekend that is just waiting to be made into a garland! I was having a brain freeze trying to figure out what type of ribbon to use for them. I have a spare package of bias tape sitting here that'll be great for it! :-)

Aimee said...

where did you find those felt colors??

MamaWestWind said...

I love the stitching on your leaves and the beautiful contrasting backs. Beautiful!

michelle said...

The garland is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Cathy said...

Beautiful Maureen, and what a gorgeous tute. xo

Connie said...

What a great project for any age!

ElfRenee said...

Oh wow, I really love it! Your pictures are amazing as always! I love the idea of gathering leaves for inspiration.

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Such a cute project! Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thanks everyone! I'm getting close to having some sort of garland in each room of my house! : ) And, I'll have a new one to share at the end of next month, too!

I hope you all took a little time to stop over to the Stitched In Color blog to check out Celebrate Color!

Thanks Again!!!

piecedgoods said...

I made one with turned edges last year, but I love yours with the unturned double layers better! Now I need to make another one. Thanks for posting!

Missy said...

This is by far my most favorite tutorial!!! Thank you, thank you! You just made my week!!!!

Jeannette said...

I'm definitely making this in time for Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for the idea & tutorial!

Ein Schweizer Garten said...

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MammaLill said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to collect some leaves to make one, too :) I was wondering if you remembered the source for the fabric in the large picture with a gray and leaf background - thought it would be nice in my dining room!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

MammaLill -- Hopefully you'll find this well. The Leaf fabric is by Daisy Janie. Her blog is
http://daisyjanie.typepad.com/daisyjanie/

She may be able to direct you to a place where it can be purchased.

Thanks!

Plumrose Lane said...

Found this posting through COLOURloveers.com and just adore your festive garland ~ will have to give this a try for next year. Thanks!
♥Sharon

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Missy said...

I love that this is simple, but perfect to hang up in the house for fall.

Thanks for sharing!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thanks Missy! I just packed ours away, since are moving in a couple of weeks, and I had to share!! It does make the sweetest decoration for this time of year!!

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