Easy Stitched-Paper Garland

Did you know that you can sew paper with your sewing machine? My paper stash is almost as out of control as my fabric stash, so I love finding simple projects that allow me to put lots of fun patterns together. This simple garland was a super fast, easy way to add some 4th of July festivity to my home.

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I started by picking out a bunch of fun red, white, and blue papers from my stash. I used some cardstock and some lighter weight paper. Both worked fine, but I would recommend using papers that are 2-sided. Some of mine were only 1-sided, and I ended up with a lot of papers flipping over and showing the wrong side when I hung the garland.

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Next, I pulled up Sure Cuts a Lot on my computer and made lots of circles. I did 2″, 1.5″, and 1″ circles.

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I loaded my paper into my happy, yellow Cricut and cut out my circles. If you don’t have a program like Sure Cuts a Lot, you could do it with a cartridge on your cutting machine. You could also use a circle punch or keep your kids busy practicing their circle cutting skills.

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Now, you should have a whole pile of different colors and sizes of circles. Don’t mind the holes in some of mine. I forgot to take a picture of the circles before I started stitching and had to use some that had already gone through the sewing machine.

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I loaded my machine with blue thread in the needle and red in the bobbin so that I would get different colors on each side of my garland. From here, it is super easy. Just feed the circles into the machine one by one.

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No need to overlap them. If there are a couple of stitches in between circles, the machine will just form a chain. You could get fancy and make a pattern with your colors and sizes, but I pretty much just grabbed them at random.

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Before you know it, you will have a long garland piled up next to your machine. It actually went so fast and the length added up so quickly that I ended up with two long garlands instead of one.

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I couldn’t find enough tacks to hang up my garlands, which gave me a chance to use this awesome fabric tape that I picked up randomly at the dollar store a little while ago. It is like washi tape, but it is made of fabric instead of paper.

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All done! Easy peasy 4th of July Decor.

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