Easy Christmas decorations: How to make a sewn paper garland

This is something I’ve been meaning to do for ages and – as it only took about 20 minutes to make – I’ll be making a lot more from now on!

You will need:

  • Circle craft punch and/or scissors
  • Paper
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • (Wine is only optional)

what you will need to make a sewn paper Christmas garland decoration

I dug out a bit of old wallpaper and cut out circles using a craft punch. I ended up punching out 46, which made a good-sized garland.

When using the punch, I found it much easier (and less wasteful) to always work from a straight edge so I used the scissors to cut away the holes and give me another straight line to work from.

how to make a sewn paper Christmas garland decoration

Holding two circles together (so both sides would show the pattern), I sewed down the middle. When I came to the end of one, I simply placed the next two and carried on.

If you used paper that looked good from both sides, or you wanted to show the back as a contrast to the front, you would obviously only need one circle.

Sewn paper Christmas garland decoration on mantelpiece

I’m really pleased with the end result (mostly because it was so easy) and would like to try it using two different patterns as the garland twists and turns. If you don’t have a punch (I got mine on ebay for about ten pounds) you can use hand-cut triangles, small rectangles or stars, like the ones below.

mrs polly ogers - star garland//Photograph via Mrs Polly Rogers

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