Friday, March 22, 2013

How to Sew Paper Garland [Tutorial]

So I promised you a project this week, and by golly I'm going to deliver! :)


I'm a fan of pennant bunting - I showed you how to sew it here, I've used it for a baby shower and in Miss CB's updated nursery.
 It sure looks great when it's done, but it is a LOT of work!
And the garland is EVERYWHERE... just about any home magazine is going to throw up some pennants in some picture.
But sometimes there just isn't time to cut all those triangles from fabric.. painstakingly pin them together... get them sewn inside-out... then rightside out and ironed... and THEN sew everything onto your bias tape.  OY.

So lately, I've been cranking out some easy, quick-production pennant bunting with just paper.  
Toss it around a cake stand or across a picture frame, and you're good to go.  Done in less than 30 minutes, easy.
Pay attention, because you might blink and miss it:  ;) 
Cut out triangles from cute scrapbook paper. 
Line 'em up in whatever pattern you want, and placing them upside down (cute side of the paper facing down, that is), use painters tape to hold them end to end.
The tape will give you something to easily feed through your machine, so you don't have to feed triangle after triangle through your sewing machine.

Feed through your sewing machine as normal.

And then...  you're done!
Admire your work. :)

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  1. Very cute!!! Came over from not just a housewife. Love the idea of taping it together before sewing! Definitely going to give this a try!

  2. So cute and a great tutorial! Love your blog!! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to have you share with us. Have a wonderful weekend. New GFC follower, too! :)

  3. The way this is sewn, there seems to be several stitches between pieces of paper, did you have to adjust the tension on your machine? I tried earlier today and any time there was a gap between pieces of paper, my needle would come unthreaded, rather than continuing to sew.