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DIY Felt Letter Garland Tutorial

Last year when we took our holiday photo at West Elm, I was really inspired by the Merry Christmas garland they had hanging behind the couch. I knew that I wanted to make my own but never got around to it. Well, this year I made it a priority to give this little project my own twist!

DIY Felt Letter Garland Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

I made this simple DIY felt letter garland using only 4 sheets of felt – well under $2 worth! I also used a sewing machine and white thread though you could hand sew these if you had the time. Here’s how I did it.

What you need: 2 sheets white felt, 1 sheet green felt, 1 sheet red felt, printer, paper, straight pins, sewing machine, white thread, white thin rope or ribbon

First, I printed the text that I wanted to make into a banner. I’ve included that word document as a downloadable printable below!

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I cut out each letter as a block – not around the actual text, just a rectangle. I labeled each one alternately red – green to be sure that I didn’t mess up the pattern.

DIY Felt Letter Garland Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

I layered a sheet of green felt over a sheet of white felt, and then separately a sheet of red felt over white felt. I then cut out a stacked rectangle the size of the first letter. I pinned the letter on top and used my sewing machine to sew along the letter line. I used the triple straight stitch which is the #2 on my brother machine. This made it take longer but the needle goes over each stitch 3 times so it was extra thick stitching. My best tip is to just go slowly (really slowly!) and follow the edge of the letter as best as you can.

DIY Felt Letter Garland Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Felt Letter Garland Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Felt Letter Garland Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

After I finished sewing the letter, I snipped the threads. I then carefully tore away the paper template. It should rip off easily, thought you might have to gently pull at small pieces near the stitching.

DIY Felt Letter Garland Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

Then, I used scissors to cut out each letter just outside the stitching. A great thing about felt is that it won’t unravel!

DIY Felt Letter Garland Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

I just used a needle and very thin white rope to string the letters together. I think that they add a fun amount of whimsy to our holiday decor!

DIY Felt Letter Garland Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Felt Letter Garland Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

What are you DIYing this holiday season?

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Bobbie

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

I just came across your garland “ Merry Christmas ya filthy animal” and I laugh-cried. I want that on my wall just for laughs.......

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