Saturday, August 28, 2010

Winner!! and Garland Tutorial

 Ok, If you are new around here you will soon learn that when I say I'll be back tomorrow sometimes that means in a couple days!  After all that ignoring my family time spent getting ready for the She Market I had to take a little break.  We played and cleaned.  Yesterday I had full intentions of going to the mall and getting some new jeans, but instead we spent an hour trying on Halloween costumes and two hours reading books at Barnes and Noble.  It was the best kind of productive day.  

But before we get to the tutorial we have some very important business to take care of!
The winners of a spool of baker's twine from 

#63   Rach {el Paulsen!}

#93 Lyssa said...
I posted about this giveaway on FB!

 #115 Amber said...I love twine! I am a new follower.
Congrats ladies!  Email me your info {} and the color of twine you want so we can get it to you lickety split!
Alright.  Here's how I used my twine this week!
I had this fun garland hanging on my tent at She Market.  Super easy and pretty quick if you have an easy way to cut circles!
You are going to need a stack of felt circles about the size of a quarter, a stack of bigger circles {these are 2 1/2 inches} from your fabric of choice, hot glue, bakers twine and scissors.  
Want to know a secret about me?  I am seriously bad at cutting.  If it wasn't for things like rotary cutters and my Big Shot I would not get very far in this crafting world.  So for this project I used my big shot and my nestable circle dies to cut out my circles.  
To start out, take a fabric circle and fold it in half and then half again.
 Then glue that circle in the middle of a small felt circle {like the first picture}.  Then keep folding and gluing until it looks full.  I used five circles each.  You will soon realize that you need more fabric circles then you thought so cut some more and keep gluing.   Your gonna need a lot of these because it takes two for each pom pom.  

 When your done folding and gluing and have cursed your hot glue gun for being so mean to you, lay one poof felt side up.  Lay the bakers twine color of your choice over the middle like in the picture above.   Then take another poof, add some more hot glue to the felt circle and glue it on top, sandwiching the string like the picture below.  


On this garland I spaced them apart 4 inches.  I started on one side and put two 2x2 squares next to each other then added another.  This gives you about 6 inches of garland.  On my white one I spaced them six inches apart.  So three pom poms was 24 inches of garland, just to give you an idea.  Just keep gluing, just keep gluing...

When you have your desired length: hang, stand back and smile.  Aren't they fun!  

{I used white linen and aqua twine for this one, and for the colored one I used MM dinky dots in gray, Lotus in red from Amy Butler and yellow twine.}
And a side note to save you from hating your new garland...
If you are transporting this at all or putting it away, wrap it around a piece of cardboard to prevent it from getting tangled.  Because it will in about 2 seconds.  
Have a great weekend! 
Don't forget to use the code MAKEIT25 through Monday at The Twinery to get 25% off your order!  And become a fan of The Twinery on facebook to catch all of their fun deals and ideas!


  1. How stinkin' cute! I love it~thanks for your blog!!!

  2. congrats to the winners!
    lovely garland, so cute!

  3. so cute, especially with the fabric and twine combos you used!


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