How To: Sew Paper Garland

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I love sewing my own paper garlands! It’s so easy and you can customize for any party theme or color combination. Not to mention it’s a very affordable way to make some beautiful decorations!

garland 1

Photo courtesy of A Shopping Queen’s Blog.

garland 2

Photo courtesy of Paper & Stitch Blog.

Supplies:

  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Paper
  • Hole punch or scissors
Directions:
  1. Punch out of paper shapes for your garland. You can purchase large hole punches at your local craft store in all types of shapes. I recommend using cardstock so that it doesn’t tear when going through your sewing machine.
  2. Set up your sewing machine with a thread that is in the color combination of your selected paper. Set your machine on a straight stitch with the longest length possible.
  3. Place the first piece of paper on your machine just like fabric and then set the needle in it, forward stitch and then back stitch to set the thread.
  4. Continue sewing forwards slowly. When you get to the end of the first paper cut out you can either immediately feed another piece of paper in or you can continue sewing a few more stitches before placing the next one in order to space them out.
  5. When the garland is the length you want, lock the last piece of paper in place by forward and backward stitching.
A fellow blogger at Curbly does an awesome job showing each of these steps in pictures. Click here to see.
To purchase handmade garlands visit Tiny Kiwi Creations on Etsy.
Photo courtesy of EtsyPelemele.
This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori
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11 comments :

  • Beautiful Kayekie

    I love things like this! Oh my gosh, great tutorial. I’m not so good at coming up with ideas such as this, but I enjoy making them :)

  • Kelly

    I’ve been trying to make raindrop garland, they turned out great until I spaced between the drops. My thread keeps coming out of the needle?? Any thoughts?

    • tori@torijohnsonpr.com

      Hi Kelly – sorry to hear you are having trouble when you space them out. Unfortunately, without me being there it’s kinda hard to guess what might be wrong. Make sure you have lots of extra thread when you pull it through the needle. You can always trim the excess. I’ll let you know if I think of anything else.

      • Katie

        I’m having the same issue. If I leave a gap between pieces, my needle comes unthreaded. It won’t keep sewing if I don’t immediately keep it sewing on paper. I was wondering if I should adjust the tension.

        • tori@torijohnsonpr.com

          Doesn’t it just drive you crazy when the sewing machine won’t cooperate?! A couple suggestions to try:

          – Double check and make sure the sewing machine is thread properly everywhere else.
          – Leave 4-6 in. of thread after the needle (you might even try holding on to the end for a bit as you start sewing)
          – Check tension. Tug on different areas of the thread path to make sure it’s not too lose or getting caught somewhere.
          – Make sure the needle is inserted correctly.
          – Try a different thread

          I really hope that helps! I by no means a sewing expert!!

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  • Karen

    Kelly,

    I would try re-threading the sewing machine.

  • Michelle

    I have had the same problem of not being able to leave a gap between the pieces-I sewed tissue paper where I wanted the gap & then just pulled it off when I finished the length. Hope that helps someone.

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