Poinsettia Garland





Directions are for a garland approximately 9' long comprised of 7 sections of roping and 6 poinsettias. Each roping section is approximately 18" wide so you can design your garland to meet your needs. The 2 outer ends of my garland do not have flowers, but depending on where you use your garland, you may wish to have flowers on either end, too.

MATERIALS

Flowers:
Barnyard Red Felt
Red Felt
1 skein each of DMC floss #3777 and #304
6 - 1" wooden buttons
gold paint for buttons
poinsettia pattern

Roping:
green fabric - Green Holly by Henry Glass.
thin cotton or wool batting
match thread for machine
2 skeins green floss for hand quilting (DMC floss #469 matched my fabric)
roping pattern

Mounting:
self sticking Velcro coins
*(see note below for suggestions for other mounting ideas}

Poinsettia Directions:
Make copies of the flower pattern.

Cut out 12 pieces of small petals and 12 pieces of large petals. When cutting, cut 2 pieces together that will be stitched together at the same time. Refer to the directions for cutting out felt found HERE

Using a blanket stitch and 3 strands of floss, sew together each set of 2 using matching floss. You will now have 6 large petals and 6 small petals.

Roping Directions:
Make 2 copies of the pattern. Cut out the patterns. Tape the 2 pieces together along the tape line. NOTE: On one piece you will see the markings and you will see the blank back of the other piece.

Cut out 2 pieces of fabric for each roping section. For my garland I cut out 7 swags (14 pieces of fabric).

Cut out 1 piece of batting for each section of roping by cutting rectangles that are slightly larger than the pattern piece. I cut out 7 rectangles. 

Place the right sides of 2 pieces of roping together.  Place this over a piece of batting. Pin together.

Sew the 3 pieces together using a 1/4" seam, leaving a 3 finger opening at the top of the roping as indicated on the pattern.


Trim seams to 1/8" EXCEPT over the opening. Do not trim the fabric but trim back the batting.



Clip inside curves being careful not to clip all the way through.

Turn and iron. I find a chopstick works well for turning the ends but be very careful. I pushed a little too hard when I turned my first end and stuck my chopstick through the fabric! 




Using a slip stitch (ladder stitch), sew opening closed.

Transfer markings to roping. Hand quilt the stitching lines indicated on the pattern using a running stitch and 2 strands of matching floss.


Complete all roping pieces.

JOINING and BUTTONS:
Paint buttons and allow to dry.

To join, overlap 2 swag pieces about 1/2". It helps to line up sections along a straight edge.


Using matching thread, tack together. NOTE: You can do this by hand or machine sew together.

Center a large poinsettia petal on overlap. Place a small poinsettia petal on top of the large. Tack in place.


Place a button in the center of the small poinsettia petal. Using 4 strands of floss, sew on the button going through all layers of the poinsettia and the 2 swag pieces.

MOUNTING OPTIONS:
Place the looped side of a sticky back Velcro coin centered on the backside of the poinsettia. Place a Velcro coin on the backside of each end.


Position the garland on the surface you are mounting to, and add the hooked side of the Velcro coins so they match the loops. Hang the garland on the Velcro hooks.

IMPORTANT. Test the Velcro on the surface to make sure the adhesive does not hurt the surface. When removing the Velcro coins from the surface, peel back slowly. If a gooey residue is left on the surface, a product like Goo Be Gone will remove the glue. I tested the Velcro coins on my wooden mantle and they came off easily without leaving any residue. But test your surface. The Velcro coin loops can stay on your garland year after year. You will simply need to replace the hooks on your surface. 

*Alternative mounting suggestions: Because the poinsettias are heavy, you must attach the garland to the surface near the flower or the weight of the flower will cause the flower to droop. The garland may be mounted using thumbtacks or push pins. You can sew rings on the back of the flowers, and hang the garland to a surface by the rings. Straight pins in a wall should hold the weight of the garland. If using your garland on a glass window, you can use the little suction cups with hooks and attach to rings.
  

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Comments

So sweet! I love the

So sweet! I love the greenery in between the flowers!

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I really love the

I really love the pointsttias, but my Christmas decorations all are red and gold, so after I blanket stitched with matching floss I went over it with a strand of metallic gold floss to match the gold button also, and it looks so nice

That sounds absolutely

That sounds absolutely beautiful! I'm sure it makes the whole thing glitter. Thanks for sharing and warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season :)

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher
 

lovely garment

I was looking for felting but your poinsettia did catch my eyes,
so very lovely.Thank you sharing this technique.

It's fabulous, thanks for the

It's fabulous, thanks for the tuto,
Merci

C'est magnifique, merci pour

C'est magnifique, merci pour le pas-à-pas.
Bonne soirée
Pascale

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Aww, it's so pretty! And

Aww, it's so pretty! And perfect for us kitty people who can't have the real thin! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

Thank you!!

This is a beautiful project! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Love this!

I love this garland! I think I will make it for my mother for her mantle. I am also thinking I might try playing with the colors, and doing a version with blues and whites for my home. I'll let you know how it turns out!

Julie

Garland project

Thank you for sharing the pattern and the story behind its creation. The directions are well written and understood.

I'd love to win a kit to complete one for my new home.

Love this garland. Would

Love this garland. Would appreciate winning the kit!

Thank you Kimara for your

Thank you Kimara for your wonderful project!!! I was just looking for something warm and traditional to decorate my fireplace for Christmas...
thank you so much for your tutorials that express so much love and patience...

Wonderful!

My favorite part is that you crossed it off your to-do list. :)

Also, the velcro idea is PERFECT. We have a mammoth stone hearth and I have been wondering how to hang things there- this is the answer!!! Thank you!!! (Unfortunately, they fireplace itself is not so majestic- just a tiny little insert thing that needs some dressing up!)

Poinsettia Garland

Wow, what a beautiful garland! I have been wanting to
"update" my mantle for awhile now, and this is just the ticket.
Thank you so much for the tutorial, done in great detail, for all levels of sewers. I know that when my daughter sees it she will want one too.
Happy Thanksgiving.
P.S.
I love your website!
Annette

Weefolks poinsettia garland

Very cute. It would go great along my mantle. This is our first Christmas in this house, so it will be fun to decorate.

Hello, this is just to say

Hello, this is just to say "thank you" ! Kokeshi.

Love it!

I really love this project. Thanks for sharing! I would like to reblog and link back to you. I hope that's okay. Let me know if not, and I''ll take the link down right away!

A single photo with a link

A single photo with a link back to us is perfectly lovely. We just ask that no one posts the entirety of our posts, reprints our patterns or re-distributes our directions. :)

Michelle

Wee Folk Art Publisher
 

Poinsettia Garland

This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your inspiration and the pattern. Of course, I'd LOVE to win a kit!

Your garland is fabulous! I

Your garland is fabulous! I love LOVE love the scallops!!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-scalloped-poinsettia-garland/2010...

--Anne

Christmas Swag

Amazing project! Thank you for sharing!