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Delight in the Seasons
I always have a hard time finding something to give my mom for Mother’s Day—the woman has everything! If you have the same problem, try creating something unique just for your mom; that’s what I did with this project. Since my mom loves anything vintage (now you know where I get it from), I altered the spool and flowers in this sculpture using vintage sheet music that we found together in an antique store. I then created flowers from old book pages to accent the bobbins. Finally, I stitched a personal sentiment onto a felt banner and wrapped it around the spool. These special touches make this a unique Mother’s Day gift.

This project would also make a wonderful wedding gift—just stitch the bride and groom’s monograms or wedding date onto the felt.

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  • How to make a garland. Felt Message Banner - Step 1
    Step 1

    Using a paper trimmer, cut 2 pieces of felt to 3" × 12" (8cm × 30cm).

  • How to make a garland. Felt Message Banner - Step 2
    Step 2

    Holding the pieces of felt together, trim the long edges with scallop scissors.

  • How to make a garland. Felt Message Banner - Step 3
    Step 3

    Trim the corners off of the right side of the felt pieces. Trim all 3 edges at this end using scallop scissors.

  • How to make a garland. Felt Message Banner - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using a disappearing fabric pen, write your sentiment on the felt. Draw a heart on each end.

  • How to make a garland. Felt Message Banner - Step 5
    Step 5

    Thread a sewing needle with 3 strands of embroidery floss and begin stitching along the senti-
    ment with a backstitch. Continue until the entire sentiment has been embroidered.

  • How to make a garland. Felt Message Banner - Step 6
    Step 6

    Next, fill in each drawn heart with a satin stitch.

  • How to make a garland. Felt Message Banner - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sew along the scallop edges of the felt piece using a backstitch.

  • How to make a garland. Felt Message Banner - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut 2 pieces of seam binding, each 12" (30cm) long. Use fabric adhesive to attach both to the back of the stitched piece of felt at the center of the left edge (the edge without the corners cut off). You’ll use these pieces to tie the banner to the project.

  • How to make a garland. Felt Message Banner - Step 9
    Step 9

    Cut 1 piece of seam binding 3" (3cm) long, fold it in half and, using fabric adhesive, attach it to the back of the stitched piece of felt at the center of the right edge.

  • How to make a garland. Felt Message Banner - Step 10
    Step 10

    Using a flower die, cut 1 flower from a remnant of fabric. Attach the flower to the right end of the banner next to a stitched heart using fabric adhesive.

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Judy
Judy · Berkeley, California, US · 37 projects
It's gorgeous! I would love to know how to make the sculpture with the birds.
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