Fabric Leaf Garland

Fabric Leaf Garland - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Bring the beautiful autumn colors into your home with this Fabric Leaf Garland.

Fabric Leaf Garland

Supplies:

Fabric (I used Exclusively Quilters-Green with Envy- Green Dots, Bella Solids-Earth, Moda-Meadow Friends-Girl-Grass Green Flowers & Swirls, Riley Blake-Alphabet Soup-Green Circles, Riley Blake- Happier-Orange Floral, Riley Blake- Lola’s Posies-Yellow Polka Dot, Timeless Treasures-Portobello-Spice Stripe)
Felt in coordinating colors
Sewing scissors and Pinking shears
Ribbon (I used 3/8″ Apple Solid Grosgrain)
Sewing Machine
OR
a needle and thread
pins (optional)

The Ribbon Retreat carries high quality fabric with a variety of colors to choose from.
I chose different patterns of fabric in green, brown, red, orange and yellow;
the rich colors of the autumn leaves.

Cut out leaf shapes in all your colors of fabric.

I made a basic leaf cardboard template and traced around it, so my leaves would be the same size, but you could cut it freehand if you want different sizes.

Lay your fabric leaf on a cordinating color of felt.
Using your pinking shears cut about a half inch around your fabric leaf.
You could pin your fabric onto the felt, but the fabric kind of clings to the felt anyway so I just held the two layers together and cut it with my pinking shears.

After you’ve cut felt for all of your fabric leaves, you’re ready to sew your garland.
Again, you could pin the leaves together if you’d like.

Using your sewing machine or a needle and thread, sew around the fabric and onto the felt.

Repeat this step with all of your leaves.

Trim your threads.

With your leaves overlapping each other, sew them one after another onto a long strip of ribbon.

I used a zig zag stitch on my sewing machine, but I think it would look really cute sewn by hand, as well.

Trim your threads and seal your ribbon ends with your preferred method.

There you go!
Now you just need to decide where you want to display it.

Of course, this garland looks great strung across a mantle.

Fabric Leaf Garland - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Fabric Leaf Garland - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Fabric Leaf Garland - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

It would look lovely around a doorway or window.
You could even take it to work and spice up your cubicle!
I think it would look beautiful laying down the middle of a table runner.
I love how it looks hanging on my fence but it wouldn’t last 5 minutes in this weather!

Fabric Leaf Garland - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

There are so many fun ways to decorate with this fall garland!
I hope you enjoy making and displaying your fabric leaf garland!

Look what else I made!

Fabric Leaf Garland - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I found an extra leaf under my table after I finished up my garland.

I didn’t want it to go to waste so I hand sewed it together with a needle and thread.
I folded the leaf down the middle accordion style.

Then wrapped thread around it, secure with a knot and glued it to a ribbon lined clip in the same way you would with a regular bow.

I wrapped it with ribbon and glued a button in the center.
Done!

Daisey says it’s fun and different.
She plans on wearing it to school tomorrow!
If my ten year old is impressed, I’d say that means it’s a success!

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One Comment

  1. Posted November 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Really wish I had a Mantle to decorate. Autumn is my favorite time of year, my favorite colors!
    Very cute garland!

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