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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Magical Mondays with Megan!

So, when Monday rolls around, I want to share with you something that I have done that is creative within the last week or so. Thursday’s are meant for more thoughtful posts, and hopefully I’ll get there someday and Monday’s are more fun! I was trying to use alliteration in the title, but I just don’t know if that will stick. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments!

Today I had the pleasure of teaching myself to make a pom-pom! If you (like me before today) think poms are slightly cute (depending on size, placement, and the like) but don’t know how to create them.. Fear not! I have made a small tutorial for you! It even includes pictures :)

Here is what you will need to create your own, one-of-a-kind pom!

-yarn of desired color (or colors)

-scissors

-your hand

Alright, are you ready? Let’s get to it!

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo we first start out with the yarn and hold it over your fingers like so. You will be wrapping the yarn around your fingers to create the pom-pom! Depending on however many fingers you choose to wrap around, your pom will be larger or smaller than mine.

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Start wrapping, and make sure to overlap the starting end with your yarn. When you do this, you won’t have to hold onto the end all the time!

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Soon you will have something that looks like this! You want to make sure to wrap it lots and lots! The more your wrap it, the more dense and full your small woolen ball will be! Next, you want to snip the end you have been wrapping with:

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After that has been cut, you will cut yourself another piece of yarn. It does not matter how long it is, just as long as it will be able to wrap around your wad of furry fibers!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the tricky-ish part.. So get ready. Lay your freshly cut piece of yarn across your almost-pom. This will be on the back-side of your hand. Place one end between your first and second fingers.

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Then, push the other end through the other side between your first and second fingers. I have not found an easy way to do this yet, but as long as you have something like a pencil to push it through, you should be okay :) Once you have done this, it should look like the picture above, where you can see both sides of the string on the palm-side of your hand.

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Pull it tight and tie a knot! I wrapped mine around twice to try and secure it because then..

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We are going to slide the almost-pom off our fingers and tie the knot really really REALLY tightly!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI suggest tying a knot on both sides, just to be safe :)

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Then you will snip the tying thread to about the same length as the rest of the pom.

Here comes the fun part!!

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Do you see all the little loopies? Well, cut them! Cut them all! And right before your very eyes, a pom will appear!

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Sure, he’s a bit shaggy and shapely, but if you like that sort of thing it’s perfect! A haphazard pom – perfect for any occasion!

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If crazy and mismatched ends aren’t a part of your groove, don’t fret my friends. It is so simple to trim the ends of the pieces that seem a little too long. Consider it hedge trimming for your personal and colorful hedge of pom-land!

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BAM! Your very own pom! Feel free to make many, many more! They are so cute, and can make great decorations! Plus, the scraps you can use if you like to sew pillows or anything that should be stuffed!

Now in the beginning I mentioned you can use multiple colors if that was your fancy. This is true. Just make sure you hold all of the colors at one time and wrap them all as if it were one thick piece of yarn! It still works great and then you have multi-colored-goodness!

Have a great day and enjoy your poms! Until next time, Megan :)