felt leaf garland tutorial

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We’re pretty happy it’s getting closer to sweater weather here, so we went Fall festive with our windows recently. It was a collaborative effort between Rosie, Nicole, & me, and here’s how we did it…

materials

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cut
The Leaves Galore templates come in 3 sizes so you can get a variety of sizes of leaves. You can use them like any other rotary cutting ruler, you’re just following a curve instead of a straight line. We found it helps to angle your rotary cutter in when cutting the concave sections. Cutting with these rulers may feel a bit strange at first but you’ll get better at it with a little practice.
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We tried several sizes of rotary cutters with the ruler and the 45mm ended up working the best, despite not fitting into the curves like a smaller one might.

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After you make the first cut, just shift the ruler to cut the other side of the leaf! Using the different rulers, cut a variety of sizes of leaves from each color of felt.

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These rulers are great for cutting applique shapes too. How cool is that?

stitch
Mix the leaves together in a bag so you can pull them randomly to sew.
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Turn your stitch length up (on my Bernina it was at about 3.5) and sew through the centers of the leaves, one after another, chain style.  You can sew one long chain and cut it into smaller sections later, if needed.

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Here’s how the longer stitch looks. A longer stitch makes the sewing go faster, and makes it easier to see that “vein” in the leaf.

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That’s one long leaf chain!

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hang

We cut our leaf chain into random lengths and hung them across a fishing line strung across the top of our shop windows. The felt is light, so it sits on the fishing line without falling, with just one leaf hanging over one side and the rest of the chain hanging all the way down.
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I love how they look when there are enough leaves to string them really close together; think how fun these would be hung in a child’s doorway like a bead curtain!
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If you think of any fun variations, let us know in the comments, and if you make one show us yours on Facebook or Flickr!