Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Paper Garland

Since we are on the birthday theme around here....
I thought I'd show you how I made the garland for Kristen's party.

Did you know you can sew on paper?????
It's super easy, easier than fabric!

First off... I cut bunches of circles with my circle punches

One is 3" and the other is 1"...i think, i can't really remember what size they are.

And I mean a bunch. I should have taken a picture of them stacked up, it was several inches high ;)

I started by laying them in order by size and color, the way I wanted them strung. (though in this picture I was mostly through my piles before I thought to photograph it ;)

Then I just sewed down the middle, leaving a space between them (sewing nothing, basically)
I did a straight stitch about 2.5 in length. Nothing fancy.

These are my circles piling up behind the machine.

All done, I laid it all out on the floor for you to see.
I had no idea how long it was going to be, I just punched circles till I was sick of punching circles and had used all the paper I pulled.

Amazingly, it turned out to be the perfect length to string above the table.
I also taped a few strands of ribbon from the center to add to all it's cuteness.
There are loads of ideas you could use for something like this.
I've seen paper, crepe paper, tissue, fabric.
You could use anything you can get your hands on for cheap {or free!}
I've also seen them done in squares too.
Totally random shapes are cute too.
Just have fun with it.