Felt is such a great material to create with because it doesn’t fray. After making felt flowers for my welcome banner for the #12monthsofDIY projects last year, my love for felt has grown, and ideas for felt projects are coming to me all the time – my favorite being my DIY felt leaf garland.
You may have noticed the felt leaf garland in my Christmas Home Tour this year. I made the garland even though I didn’t have a specific use for it because I loved the way it looked and figured it would find a home. Felt foliage is perfect for party planning, wedding decor, and home decor because it always looks green and fresh.
Make Your Own
I ended up making two styles of garland. One is flat and I cut out uniform shapes using my Cricut Explore. The other I freehand cut and sewed a small dart to create a more 3D look. They looked best (to me) when they were used mixed together.
To make the flat leaves I cut my felt into 12″ squares because that is the size of my Cricut cutting mat. I chose a leaf shape from the Cricut Design space and fit 4 onto a 12×12 square.Using the remnant pieces of felt I cut out individual leaf shapes freehand. I used a sewing machine to stitch the leaves together down the center, this could easily be done with hand sewing except that I am challenged that way, and it looks like a hot mess. I will gladly use the machine every time.
The individual leaves can be sewn or hot glued together by attaching them to straight pieces of cut felt. To join them I cut a slit into the center piece of felt and slid the next sections top leaf inside to keep them joined. Each piece can be sewn together, or left on their own, depending on how you wanted to use them.
Leaf garlands are adorable in wedding decor – they look amazing on this DIY ‘Welcome’ wedding sign.
Felt leaf garlands would look stunning as a wedding photo backdrop. Simple yet beautiful.
Artificial Christmas trees even look great with a felt leaf garland scattered throughout. I love the texture and visual difference it adds to my Christmas tree this year, which works perfect with the magnolia leaves scattering down from the top.What fun it has been to find new ways to use a craft I made just because I thought it was so pretty, and something I could make myself. Don’t you love it when that happens?
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