How To Make A Sewn Fall Paper Leaf Garland
My dream was having a number of gorgeous greenery garlands (3 G’s haha!) around the house for all year long for every season. It took me a couple of years to finally make this garland because I thought maybe one day I would find a perfect and affordable garland.
NEWSFLASH, it didn’t happen!
I had a couple of garlands already but I wanted to replace those this fall season because they didn’t really match our new fall decorations around the house.
I bought a package of construction paper for the kids’ crafts recently and I had a thought… “Hey, I could make the garlands with those!” So, I made a sewn fall paper leaf garland that same day!
Now, I will show you how to do a DIY fall leaf garland!
For the fall season, I did orange, yellow, and brown. You could make a garland in any colors you’d like! Maybe make one for each season.
Items needed to make a sewn paper leaf garland:
- Construction papers in the colors of your choice
- OPTIONAL: Felt sheets
- A sewing machine
If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could do it by hand with a string and a needle. However, it would take you a while to finish. So worth it in the end, though!
Draw a leaf on the construction paper (I did it by hand) by hand or use a template. You could use this template.
My leaves are about 2 inches long. You could do smaller than that.
Cut the leaf you just drew or printed and use that leaf to trace all the leaves on the papers. I did two papers per color (Two yellows, two oranges, and two browns.) I don’t remember how many leaves I traced on each paper, sorry!
See how I traced the leaves on this green felt sheet? Ignore the green color. I was also making a garland for the holidays, too. 🙂
Cut all the leaves. This one is a bit time-consuming.
Put two leaves’ ends together like the picture below.
Sew the leaf pairs together one at a time. Sew the pair until you get to the end, add another pair below the sewn pair, sew that new pair then add another pair. You get the picture.
IMPORTANT: Don’t sew the leaf pairs too close together, you need a bit of room between all the pairs.
If there is room between all the pairs, you would be able to manipulate the leaves to make them look fuller.
If they’re too close together, they would be stuck in a straight order like the picture above.
See how I was able to twist the leaves in the picture above. I used dark grey sewing thread. If you don’t want the thread to be visible, use light colored threads.
Your garland can be as long as you’d like it to be!
Since I did two papers per color, my garland was long enough to go across the picture ledge.
This garland could also go across the fireplace mantel or the big mirror in the hallway.
I placed the fall paper leaf garland across the picture ledge and had some items on the ends sit on a paper leaf to hold the garland up. It is lightweight, so it is easy to put up anywhere. Command hooks would work perfectly!
I don’t recommend using tape because it is a PAPER leaf garland. If you plan on using the garland once then you could use tape.
I plan on reusing until it falls apart. Just like everything else in my house! 😛