I am back with another sewing project using up the fabric samples my neighbor gave me. Perfect for a Craft Room Destash Project. For those of you who just happened upon this blog post, the Craft Room Destash Challenge is a monthly gathering of bloggers. We use what we have but can spend up to $10 for materials to complete the craft project. Because September means the coming of Fall I decided how to sew an easy pumpkin patch garland will be a fun project to do.
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The reason I decided on a garland is because I have been working on other pumpkin projects. I was thinking it was becoming a pumpkin patch. So the pumpkin patch garland was born for a display at the booth.
The first order of business was sorting through all of the fabric samples with orange in it. Once I decided on the fabrics I whittled it down to 2 solids, 1 stripe, 1 herringbone and 3 prints. The next thing I did was sort through my stencils. I wanted a substantial one that would show up on the fabric. I considered the iron on letters like I used in last month’s project when I made the pouch that hangs on a piece of wood. The basic 3” letter stencil won the spot. Mainly because it would cost more than $10 to buy the iron on letters.
Now if you use scrap material you can sew in a button hole, add grommets or fold the material down and use the fusible web or sew a hem so the twine can be threaded through. Because I wanted to use the grommets I positioned the letters on the material with that thought in mind.
I used the stencil as the pattern for the size of the garland and drew around it with a fine point Sharpie. The stencil was positioned on the corner with the grommet so I got 2 letters from each piece of fabric. Before I made the final decision I kept moving the fabric until I got the pieces in an order I liked. I didn’t want the solids to be all together and prints together and the stripe and herringbone sticking out like a sore thumb.
After I decided on the order of the fabrics I cut them out and used a zig zag stitch around the 3 sides to prevent fraying. To make it no sew you can use the No Fray.
Then I started to stencil. Black was the best color to use so it would show up against some of the darker patterns.
Now, this is where I ran into a problem. I wanted to use rope to create the garland but it didn’t lay right so I had to undo what I did. I switched to the twine but the letters still didn’t lay as flat I wanted them to. Tacking the letters down to the twine did the trick.
I am really liking my Pumpkin Patch Garland. And I think there may be more garlands in my future. Be sure to check out all of the great Craft Destash projects my blogging buddies have come up with.
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