I LOVED this felt circle garland that Elise posted about a few weeks ago …
so cute and simple. I like simple.
But, as I’ve mentioned, I don’t have a sewing machine.
So I came up with my own version:
I call it my ‘Whoville’ garland because it reminds me of How the Grinch Stole Christmas – the basic shapes and basic colors, but still a bit askew and asymmetric.
- fun foam (I used 1.5 sheets for this garland (about 9′ long)
- 3 round things to trace (I used a spice container, a travel advil container and a big button)
- yarn + needle
I had originally planned on doing several yarn stitches relatively tightly for each circle piece, but the tightness between the holes starts to tear the fun foam.
I actually like this way better (with just one BIG stitch for each circle). It allows the garland to twist a bit as it hangs and be a little more Whoville-ish.
To me, at least.
- Trace your circle shapes onto the fun foam
- I just filled a whole sheet with *about* the same number of each shape – and then once I had used all those up, I had a better idea of how many I needed for each shape.
- Cut out all those circles
(as you can see in the image below – <sarcasm> I am *really* good at tracing circles </sarcasm>)
- Cut a few circles in other colors if desired
- I used some of the scraps from my felt bunting to add a little tiny wink of color in an otherwise white garland.
- Thread all these circles onto the yarn.
- In order to keep the regular+asymmetrical pattern – I used 6 fun foam circles (2 of each size) + 1 small white felt circle in between each color.
- But I used a different pattern/order of the sizes each time.
- I looped the yarn before tying the knots at each end. I kind of also want to add beads to add a bit of weight, but we’ll see.
- Another tip – The fun foam doesn’t do so well being threaded so yarn. I threaded each hole one by one. Rather than thread both holes of the circle and then move the whole thing all the way to end (that puts a little too much stress on the bit of fun foam between the 2 holes)
- This also means that I measured out the whole length of yarn before starting (rather than keeping it attached to the skein as I went)
- I alternated the colored felt pieces
- Basically the “pattern” is 1 color red -> 3 white fun foam -> 1 white felt -> 3 white fun foam -> 1 color green felt -> 3 white fun foam -> 1 white felt -> 3 white fun foam -> 1 color red felt ->
- Does that make sense?
This garland was SO easy. I basically made the entire thing in one evening WHILE I was at my “day job” (clearly, we were a bit slow that night).
Then I brought it home and hung it over one of our doors…..
I feel like I want to make a BUNCH and drape them EVERYWHERE!
I still might. I have more fun foam….
P.S. I have always been familiar with fun foam because I had a job at Michaels when I was first out of high school ….