I was quite entranced with Spring this past weekend, Seattle truly outdid itself with beautiful weather! We had dinner on the beach (I, of course, brought home more rocks), we walked the neighborhood, dyed Easter eggs, and had Peep jousting wars in the microwave, and made our traditional Easter dinner of ham, carrots, asparagus, etc. I wanted to make the Easter table feel as Springy and came up with this garland after seeing a similar paper version in an old kid's crafting book from the 1960's. I love that it creates a really geometric shape and gives a new spin to everyone's favorite triangular bunting shape. I think these will stay up for a while, I smile every time I pass them.
Here's how I made them.
floral sheets or fabrics (a fat quarter will yield at least 7 individual wedge shapes, if you are looking for floral sheets there are a few fat quarter sets left in my shop)
double sided fusible webbing
scissors both for fabric and paper
pencil or pen to trace with (I use Frixion pens, which allow me to write directly on the fabric, but the lines disappear with the heat of the iron. Disclaimer: I have been warned that the pen marks will return in very cold temperatures. I've yet to ever have this happen, but if it ever did, a little heat from an iron would make them disappear again)
Using an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper, fold it in half lengthwise.
Draw a 4" line across the bottom (the side opposite the fold). Mark the center of that line, then draw a vertical line from that center point up to the fold.
Repeat this shape inside the first shape, 1/2" from all sides.
Cut out the shape through both layers of paper, but do not cut the fold. You should have something like this.
Add a square of double-sided fusible webbing about the size of half of this shape onto the back of your fabric.
Trace the entire shape onto the back of your fabric.
Carefully fold the shape onto itself, and iron to adhere the webbing.
Repeat with a new piece, but feed it through the open portion of the first wedge shape, then adhere it to itself.
Continue to make your garland as long as you want. These look best hanging vertically down the wall