Years ago I learned how to make these simple felt garlands from Elise’s blog. Since then, I make them all the time. for everything. They’re the easiest! I especially love them as a good birthday decor.
For Bea’s birthday, I had this crazy vision of making a sunshine out of the felt garlands. During a crafternoon, my friend Lisa helped me to sew one million of these garland pieces together. We kept it simple and tried to sew a few of each color going lightest to darkest on each strand. The strands weren’t all even in length. Some had a few more or a few less. Some had larger or smaller circles.
That just helped to make the rays look a little more sunshine-like.
Then I cut a large circle out of the dark orange felt (about 8 inches in diameter) to be the center. I also used some of the scraps to make a little 1, and I sewed the three scraps onto the center of the circle to make the “1.”
I pinned the final dark orange circle on each of the strands around the edge of large orange felt circle. Then I sewed each one on, backstitching to make sure they held. Since the ends of the strands were so close around the edge of the large circle, they had to overlap.
I used simple t-pins to pin the sunshine up on our fence.
I love that little sunshine!
Have you ever take a craft favorite like felt garlands to the next level?