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felt bow garland {a tutorial}

felt bow garland by burlap+blue

Hello and Happy Monday! It feels like forever since I’ve shared a fun tutorial with you all-so happy to be making it up to you today! I’ve been having a ball creating these little felt bows lately, and what better way to use them in your decor than an Autumn-inspired bow garland?

First, gather your felt, scissors, hot glue, embroidery floss and some cardstock to create your template. I made my template business card size (maybe a tad longer), but create yours however you like.


(See the magazine peeking out in the corner of the photo? It’s the new BHG, which is where I totally stole the color palette inspiration, btw)

So, first things first. Using your template, cut a rectangle from each piece of felt, as well as a skinny piece to wrap around the middle of each bow.

Fold each rectangle, accordian style, and pinch it in the middle. Tie each with a length of embroidery floss down the middle. I tried both hot glue and my sewing machine to hold these together, the floss was quickest and easiest for me.

After each bow is tied (or glued or stitched), hot glue your skinny piece around the middle of each bow, hiding the ends in the back.


After you’re done, you’ll have a group of these pretties….


Next up-you’ll need to connect the bows together. My original thought was to use embroidery thread to stitch them together. I knew, though, that I did not want the thread to show, and, because each bow is a different color, that would be difficult with embroidery thread. So, my solution was this…


Using a small piece of felt and hot glue, I had a simple and invisible solution. Lastly, take two skinny pieces of felt to create loops for hanging. Attach to each end of your garland.


And you’re done!


So tell me, what color combinations would you create this in? Personally, I’d love to see all white, or maybe one with shades of gray and white!

 

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Mackenzie

Saturday 10th of November 2012

This is absolutely adorable!! I love love love bows.

I recently made a garland/banner out of antique hankies, you should check it out! http://birdfriend.tumblr.com/post/35320789704/ive-been-collecting-vintage-antique-for-a-few

Amy

Friday 9th of November 2012

This is so cute! Where do you find such awesome colors of felt? My store only carries the boring basics:(

burlap+blue

Friday 9th of November 2012

mine too:( try Etsy! lots of great options! xo

Trista

Tuesday 6th of November 2012

This is adorable!!!! I am making one today to decorate my upcoming craft booth!!! Super CUTE!!!

burlap+blue

Tuesday 6th of November 2012

Thanks! Send me a pic-would love to see it! xo

Claire @ Polkadotpretties

Saturday 3rd of November 2012

Great project !

I would love you to come and share it at my Craft, Create & Inspire Linky party

http://polkadotpretties.com/2012/11/craft-create-inspire-linky-party-3/

Hope to see you there:)

[email protected] Polkadot pretties x

ali thompson

Wednesday 24th of October 2012

oh my word. i just stumbled across your blog and love this felt bow garland! i see a trip to the fabric store in my future. thanks for sharing your tutorial!!