Yup. A dream.
I know. I'm not usually that girl. Things don't generally come to me in dreams. Well, there was this one time...but that's a story for another day.
Back to the garland.
I knew that I wanted to add a garland to my kitchen hood for Valentine's Day. I had done the puzzle thing and the note card thing and the gift tag thing, too. I needed a new idea.
But I was stuck. I had thought about doing something with fabric scraps, but I was looking for more than just fabric hearts.
So right before I went to bed, I started thinking about all the fabric scraps I had stashed in my craft closet and all the sewing projects I have done and I must have fallen asleep thinking about my bathroom box pleat valance. When I woke up, I knew exactly what I was going to make.
Or pepperoni pizza and garlic knots.
Ok, so here's how I made my box pleat garland. Just like my box pleat valance, it is really more about the folding/ pleating than it is about the sewing.
AND...if you don't sew, no worries, we can work around it.
I chose my fabric and then cut it into strips that were about 4 inches thick. I did not measure the length, because my pieces were short to begin with. I had to join them in order to get the full length that I needed.
I began by folding my fabric to make box pleats like the one pictured below. For a full tutorial you can check out my box pleat valance post.
To hold the pleats in place (don't laugh- I'm a total cheater) I stapled them with a regular desk stapler.
You can see the staples clearly in the photo below. I used them as a guide and I stitched right over them. When I was all done sewing, I just removed them.
Now, if you are a more proficient seamstress than I, you can do it the "right" way and pin the pleats in place.
Like I did when I ran out of staples.
So much for cheating.
Ah, the irony.
Ah, the irony.
Let's go back to those staples for a minute, shall we?
That's the no sew trick. If I didn't want to stitch over them, there really wasn't any need. I could've left the garland just like that. They didn't show and they held the pleats in place. I also could've used fusible web tape to create them, like I did when I made my kitchen chair.
Fabric glue or the glue gun would also work. See, no sewing required.
When I was done, I cut two hearts out of a coordinating scrap, stitched (or glue) them on to the garland and hung it up.
And altogether dreamy.
How do you come up with your creations? Need some inspiration? Check out the Valentine Ideas at All Free Holiday Crafts for tons of Valentine craft ideas.
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