Monday, January 15, 2007

Completed project: garlands

I finally got around to making some garlands after being inspired by the Ga-Ga for Garlands flickr group months ago. I made the Valentine's one yesterday and it was so cute that I went on to make the St Paddy's day one today. I'm supposed to be working on completing a cat tree and a roman shade today... but I figure I have the day off from work, I should be able to squander it however I want. Right?


Both garlands are just under 34 inches long with a few extra inches of bias tape on each end. They'll fit a standard size window or door.

The garlands are super simple to make. I used 1/4 inch double-fold bias tape and the equilateral triangles - 18 of them for each garland - are cut from 4 inch strips of fabric (using the 60 degree line on my ruler). Just place 2 triangles right sides together and stitch 2 sides of the triangles using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Clip the points and turn right side out. Iron and then stay-stitch the triangles together, overlapping each triangle about 1/8 inch, along the the raw-edged side using a 1/8 inch seam allowance. Stitch the bias tape on and you're done!

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