Fall-y Leaf Garland

For a few weeks, now, I have been wanting to decorate our house a little bit more…Fall-y, shall we say? I scoured the internet for inspiration (I’ll be honest – pretty much just Pinterest) and found a few things that I liked, but nothing that I loved. So I took a few different ideas that I liked and tried to create something that I would love!

My latest crafty creation is this fabric leaf garland! It’s adorable and versatile and I just love it a lot :) So, let’s begin!

The first thing you need to do is pick out some fabric that you think represents whatever mood you’re trying to create. I really wanted muted reds, oranges, and yellow-y tones, so I chose these:
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I did not actually use all of these colors, but they helped me get in my head more of what I was wanting to do. I also found these little leaf outlines somewhere and printed them and cut them so I could trace around the edges.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The tracing process would have been a lot easier if I had a better piece of chalk than this… It is from Easter, and it is all I own!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It did work, it was just kind of hard to do without a precise line. Eventually I just ended up pinning the paper to the fabric and cut around it just like that. Then I needed to match up the sides to make one leaf. When I cut them out, it was folded at least once, that way the sides should match up pretty evenly.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This next part could have been easier if I had iron-on interfacing. Actually, I have never used that stuff so I don’t really know, but everything I have read about it seems like it would make this step easier. What I did was take my leaf (remember, both sides!) and then sew a few lines through it. I sewed my lines randomly, but made sure to do at least two to help it be more sturdy and stay together. If you really wanted (and are more talented/patient with sewing than I am), you could stitch around the outside of the leaf and make it look more pristine :)
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA After that, I looked around my house for some sort of string to make everything attached to. I found this ribbon in my stash ;) You can probably use whatever you want, but this worked out well for me!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Another variation that I thought of doing was to sew them stem to tip, stem to tip. They wouldn’t really be all dangly – which is the effect I was after – but it would still look pretty cute!

When I had my ribbon all picked out, I simply fed it through the machine enough to give me a small tail, and then sewed on my leaves! I found that with the ribbon, you kind of want to keep it taut, otherwise it will get all wibbly-wobbly and bunch up on itself. Of course, that could be yet another variation!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The possibilities for this craft are absolutely endless and I am in love with my new, festive garland!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA And the finished product :)
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ah! I am just so proud of it! I definitely think this type of thing could be varied for all sorts of seasons and holidays, and looks so great bunted next to the ceiling! Do any of you have any DIY crafts that you like to do during different times of the year? I’d love to hear about them!

Stay tuned because I have more fall-y ideas that I want to work on and share with you! Thanks for stopping by :)

-Megan

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