This is my kind of projects, simple to make but adds great impact.
I used felt in 3 different shades of green, but one shade would work well too
A holly leaf template taken from this blog post by Wild Olive, some of mine were a little mishapen but that just adds to the charm, if I wanted perfect i wouldn't be making my own!
Green thread to sew it all together, I used up the end of two different shades from my vintage stash
Red buttons to represent berries, these were raided from my vintage collection.
|Adding Vintage Buttons|
The amount of leaves you need will depend on the finished length of your garland as a rough guide I cut about 45 leaves and when put end to end they measured a little over 10 feet! I did lose a couple that got eaten up by the sewing machine.
I used my sewing machine but I think you could also sew by hand although it would take quite some time. Aiming for the centre of the leaf sew along, leave a few stitches before attaching a new leaf to the end of the previous one the short space between the leaves is to help with the "hang"
I raided my vintage button collection for some nice shiny red buttons for a final flourish.
|Vintage button stash|
While I had no qualms about getting ahead and making this in July it did feel a little odd to be hanging it up but I wanted to give you an idea of what it looks like.
|Hanging Holly Garland|
I have stored it on one of my old industrial bobbins and I have tucked it away in the spare room ready to be hung a lot nearer to Christmas.
|Vintage Industrial Bobbin|
How are you getting on with your advanced preparations? or are you waiting until later in the year?