Tis the season for cute crafts! Do you remember the bookmarks I made from vintage book clippings? Well, here’s another quick and easy sewing project that also incorporates vintage book pages…
Book Page Garland
- vintage book pages (You can make copies of them if you don’t want to cut up the actual pages. In order to give your copies that same vintage look, there are a few things you can do. You can use paper that is already beige, dye white paper with coffee or tea and bake it on a baking pan at 200 degrees for about 5 minutes, or you can use a stamp pad or paint to give it a vintage vibe. I just used real pages for my garland.)
- 1 inch circle punch
- sewing machine
- basic sewing supplies (thread, scissors…)
- Punch out circles from your book pages. It takes roughly 50-60 circles to make a garland that is about 8 feet long. (This length will vary depending on how much distance you put between each circle.)
- Prepare your sewing machine by adjusting the stitch length to a little longer than you would normally use. Since paper can easily tear, you don’t want your stitches too close together. I also turned down the presser foot pressure. Cutting paper with your good sewing scissors can dull its blades. The same is true for sewing paper–it dulls the needle. Have one needle that you use just for your paper crafts. Thread you sewing machine, and make sure you have a full bobbin. You don’t want to run out of thread in the middle of sewing your garland. Pull the threads out several inches to create a long tail for your garland. This will help with hanging the finished product.
- Place the first circle under your presser foot and begin sewing down the middle of the circle. It is not necessary to backstitch.
- Once you reach the end of the circle, sew about 3-5 more stitches before putting the next circle through the machine. If you prefer to have your pieces right beside each other, you can put the next circle through immediately. I wanted a little distance between each of mine though.
- Continue putting circles through the machine and stitching along their diameters. From time to time, you may want to stretch the garland out along the table where you are working in order to prevent it from tangling.
- Once you have the desired length, finishing sewing across the final circle. Pick up your pressure foot and pull the thread out several inches to again give you a nice long tail.
- Use your garland to add a little vintage whimsy to a wreath, tree, window, doorway, party table, hallway, or mantle. The possibilities are endless!
What would you decorate with yours?