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DIY Felt Christmas Light Garland

DIY Christmas Light Garland by the Crafty Cupboard

For some reason, I love pulling felt out during the Christmas season. I think half my projects involve felt somehow at this time of year. Maybe because it is warm and I’m cold?  Possibly. Anyway, this project is no different! This Ca-ute felt garland is part of the Holiday Sewing Blog Tour at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, where 18 different bloggers share a new project every day! PLUS, there’s a big huge-o giveaway I’ll tell you about at the end :)

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Right! Back to the Garland!

Fun Christmas Light Garland Tutorial by The Crafty Cupboard

I was talking with my girls as to what would be fun to hang in their room and they said “lights!!” but when I pulled our Christmas lights out of the box, all the colored strings were all or half-way dead. In the interim of now and getting to those crazy crowded stores to get new lights, I thought some felt substitutes were in order!

Christmas Light Garland Tutorial by the Crafty Cupboard

Now this cute little garland hangs in their room above their closet door. When they woke up the morning after I hung it up, my oldest said, “Mom! It’s a miracle! Look at the lights!” And that, my friends, means it is a winner.

Want to make your own? All you need is colored felt sheets, white felt, and white wide double fold bias tape. Oh! And a sewing machine.

Christmas light garland tutorial cut bulb pieces

First, cut out your ornament shapes and your bulb socket pieces. If you aren’t up to drawing your own bulbs with seam allowances, HERE is a template for you!

Christmas light garland tutorial cut bulb and socket pieces

Pair each bulb to a socket, and let’s continue!

Christmas light garland tutorial sewing bulb to socket

You’ll place the socket RST to the bulb at the top, where that little 1/4” notch is, and sew using a 1/4” seam allowance.

Christmas Light Tutorial Layered Felt pieces

Next, fold open your seams to eliminate bulk and place two matching bulb/socket pieces wrong sides together and pin in place.

Christmas light garland tutorial finished sewn bulbs

Stitch around the entire bulb with a 1/8” – 1/4” seam allowance.

Christmas light garland tutorial attaching bulbs to bias tape

Once all your bulb sets are sewn, it is time to add them to the bias tape! Simply place the bulb between the bias tape layers, spacing the bulbs about 3-4” apart (and leave about 8 inches of bias tape at the beginning and end to tie or whatever), and pin in place.

Christmas light garland tutorial attaching bulbs

The final step is to sew the bias tape layers together, sandwiching the little felt bulbs in between!

Christmas Light Garland tutorial Fun Christmas Decor

Hang and enjoy!

Felt Christmas Light Garland by The Crafty Cupboard

The fun thing about custom bulb garlands is you can have Christmas lights to match whatever color scheme/theme you have going on! My girls like the traditional and bright colors, so they loved this combo!

Felt Christmas Light Garland by the Crafty Cupboard with Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed our cute little banner!

Now for the fun FUN fun part! A giveaway! For what??? Oh, just a SERGER!!

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Head on over to Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom for your chance to win! There are entry possibilities every day, so if you really want one, keep going back! A winner will be picked on December 21st and posted on her blog, and along with that, there will be a linky party for all of the projects that YOU have come up with this year. I can’t wait to see everything that gets linked up!

Don’t forget about all the stops along the Holiday Sewing Blog Tour. Yesterday, Abby of Sew Much Ado had a great stocking ornament pattern and tutorial!

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And tomorrow, you’re in for a treat with some Christmas Cuddly friends at Naptime Creations!

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For more holiday sewing inspiration, check out each one of these blogs on the tour! So many great ideas have been shared already, so don’t miss out!

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Catch you later, friends! Merry Christmastime!

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