Monday, October 11, 2010
Super Super easy. All you need: paper and sewing machine. Like I said, super easy.
1. Cut out circles out of your paper. I chose an Ikea catalog because it was thick and lots of pictures to choose from. I recommend being VERY picky about which pictures you use. Narrow down a color scheme and stick to it. It will be very rewarding when your finished garland doesn't have random sploches of yellow here and there. I chose to do a black, white, and red color scheme.
2. Go through every piece front and back to make sure that you don't have a random woman's head (I had two of those) or a word like "SALE!" or a bright orange price tag. Cut out plenty of circles so you won't feel badly for throwing out the ones that don't fit exactly. You'll be happier.
Some that didn't make the cut:
3. Sew straight lines through the circles and keep the sewing machine going in the space. I experimented with stopping the sewing and pulling the thread through, but not only did this take more time, but it didn't work as well. Keeping the sewing machine going creates a beautiful rope-like look that will keep throughout your garland.
Also, use the basting stitch (on mine it's 4). That way, you won't perforate the paper as you sew. The smaller the stitches, the more likely that the paper will rip.
If you're not hanging the garland up immediately, like me, wrap it around something circular, but not too small, like a water bottle. Don't wrap it around something smaller, because it could crease your paper circles.