Thursday, September 22, 2011

Adventures in Felt

I know it's been a while since I posted a project, and I'm about to make up for that right now. I just first want to take a second to thank you guys. You stick with me through my crafty dry spells and somehow still manage to inspire me and move me forward. You're AWESOME! With my new crazy work schedule I've not had a lot of time for projects, but this one was able to be worked in between working and sleep!

So as promised, here is my fantastic new project! I'm so excited to share this with you! It's taken me a while to get it done, but I'm so pleased with how it turned out. This was just an idea floating around in the recesses of my brain and I had absolutely no idea how it would turn out. I am so tickled because it turned better than I could have possibly imagined! *DANCES*

A while back I had an idea formed in my head to make a fabulous fall leaf garland. Now I'm so not a crafty person, I'm a quilter! But this idea sprung up from Pinterest (go figure...) and off we went. I grabbed me some felt and twine from the Hobby Lobby (spent a grand total of $7 and didn't use a 1/4 of what I bought!) and came home to start scheming. Some nice fall leaves would be wonderful as a garland I thought...


I printed out some templates of leaves from the internet onto card stock, and then cut them out. I traced around them onto the felt and then drew the veins of the leaves on with a sharpie. I was originally going to use black embroidery floss to outline the shapes and do the veins, but I realized with as many leaves as I was making that would take FOREVER! So I opted for the fast cheaters way and used a sharpie. Worked just as well in my opinion.

I made enough leaves to start my first garland.


When I got it done and hung up I knew I couldn't stop at just one, so I used the rest of the leaves and made a second one. I was originally going to make one long enough to go over the door, but this one turned out so cute, I had to put it over our calendar.

(don't judge too harshly the stuff on my board, that is in fact my real work schedule and life!)



Then when I still hadn't used them up, I figured it would be cute to decorate this part of my living room with some "falling leaves" so I taped them up at different lengths onto the ceiling. And now I think I need more to go everywhere else in my house.

I am so excited to share this as it turned out WAY better than I thought. And since I'm not a naturally crafty person, I thought I was going to screw this up, throw it in the trash, cry for a week and then start over. But no crying or throwing (okay some throwing happened...) to report!
The garland in a wad on my counter, ready to be hung up in all it's felt-y wonderful-ness.

Here's some more close-ups to share.
I'm just so darned proud!


We live in a basement apartment, so you can see our lovely car parked outside the window...


Livening up our calendar AKA The brain of the household
Yes, we need trash bags...
(hubby in the picture watching the NFL network and paying me no attention at all. I told him I'd crop him out...oops...at least he's clothed in this one...)

So easy to make, so cheap, and soooo cute! I love fall, and this is a great way to add some of my own touches to my decorations this year!

What do you guys think?


I party here


22 comments:

Sew4fun114 said...

great idea, i am excited to try it.

Mindie Hilton said...

Super cute.

WhyCuzICan said...

EVERY right to be PROUD, the leaf garland is A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E!!!!

Visiting from Tatertots & Jello Linky Party tonight,
Suzanne in NE Illinois

Kathy said...

That was a lot of work and it shows how creative you are. I love the fall garland. I may try the leaves in felt to add to a great ole felt hat. Thanks for sharing I am visiting from Creative Princess. Drop by my blog I am hosting a giveaway for my 100th follower. I am going to love your blog, great ideas.
Kathy

Jill said...

LOVE this leafy garland! Great job - and I like the ceiling hanging ones too!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Rose said...

I love them!

Carol@easytobeglutenfree said...

Gorgeous! I love all things fall!

shopannies said...

love your cute felt leafs they look awesome and love your calendar as well wish I had enough wall space for it

Lorie said...

I love these! I can't wait to make some of my own! Lorie @ http://readingconfetti.blogspot.com

Rachel (Lines across my face) said...

Gorgeous! I love the leaves. The colors and shapes are beautiful and the sharpie does work very well. Haha that last picture cracks me up.
Rachel

April's Homemaking said...

What a great idea to use the leaves in a garland- love the way it turned out!!

Lynda @ Uber Savvy Buzzword said...

It does looks lovely, the colours, the shapes and the design. No wonder you are proud. Lynda

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

You should be proud! It looks awesome!

Melissa said...

New follower here from BreLyn Boutique! I LOVE your Etsy store and blog. So cute! I'm looking forward to seeing more here! Thanks for sharing. Happy Blogging :)

Promosyon said...

In short, you plant a green plant without sun ray and water and etc. You are such a talented to work on it. I do it with single colour, in red. best to keep on entrance door on Christmas days.

Geneva said...

What a cute idea! And thank you for sharing all the different ways you used them. Your post was fun to read... ":o)

Carmen said...

This is really cute...you should be proud!

Would love it if you would link this up to our Rockin' link party going on now at RoCa and Company. Here is the link: http://rocaandcompany.blogspot.com/2011/09/you-rock-3.html . Come and show off what you got. Hope to see you there...

Remember...YOU ROCK!!

Carmen @
RoCa and Company
www.rocaandcompany.blogspot.com

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

Stopping by from the Homemaker in Heels party. This felt leaf garland is soooo pretty. I'm going to try to make some too and hang them from my mantle. Thanks for sharing this!
lifewiththehawleys.blogspot.com

Rachel (Lines across my face) said...

Thanks for sharing. You are being featured this week at Lines Across My Face.
Rachel
http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/10/cure-for-common-monday-11.html

Expat Mom said...

Such a nice looking garland! I want to make some now for my house and I bet this would be a great project for kids.

I've done the falling thing with paper snowflakes during December, love the look. :)

raising4princesses said...

Thank you so very much for joining the T’ Time Link Party last week! I really love to see all the wonderful ideas. Link parties are also a great way to get your blog out there for others to see. Hope to see you today! Maria Raising4Princesses

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

looks adorable! i love crafting with felt :)