Felt Garlands: A quick and dirty Radvent tutorial!

Last year I started posting these quick and easy Radvent tutorials every week or so in the month of December. I like the low-pressure fun of sharing an easy project and not having to puff it up or reinvent the wheel, so I wanted to bring those back and do it again. Today I used some materials I had around my office to make some cute felt garlands. I really wanted to mix some more unexpected colors but still have it read “holiday,” so that was the fun part for me. I also used up some supplies that I haven’t done anything with in quite a while.

Materials I used:
Synthetic Eco-Felt cut into 3×3” circles
Red yarn left over from The Creative Connection Event last year
Needle
Scissors

Step 1: Thread ye olde needle with about a yard of yarn (or string, or thread, or whatever).
Step 2: Figure out the color pattern you want in your garland and string the felt circles onto the yarn with a wide, loose running stitch through the center of each circle. I like to accordion-fold each circle, stack a few up in my grip, and pass the needle through three or four of them at once. Then open the circle and flatten it on the thread.
Step 3: Do this till either your circles are gone, or your yarn is gone.

I like the way these look both bunched up close together or spaced out with lots of thread in between each dot. Even two-and-a-half year old Alice can make these with some supervision and proudly display them in a doorway, on a Christmas tree, or looped casually around her neck.

I also made a Haiku deck explaining this tutorial–perfect for sharing, if you’re so inclined.

xx
meg

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2 thoughts on “Felt Garlands: A quick and dirty Radvent tutorial!”

  1. Ohhhhh gawd… so cute!!! x

  2. Mary Beth Hunt says:

    She is SO PROUD! We should ALL jump around like that when we do something good :)


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