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How to make a holly garland // Handmade Christmas // Megan Nielsen Design Diary free tutorial

How to make a holly garland // Handmade Christmas // Megan Nielsen Design Diary free tutorial

Like I mentioned yesterday I really love Christmas decorating. The thing is though – i really like all my decorations to co-ordinate – and I’m just not a huge fan of tinselly type things these days. But I do have a inexplicable love for Holly. So I decided to make some Holly garlands to decorate the house with. I like the fact that they’ll last well, so I can use them year after year.

They were so simple to put together, but I think the effect is really pretty and really unique!

How to make a holly garland // Handmade Christmas // Megan Nielsen Design Diary free tutorial

Here’s what I did…

How to make a holly garland // Handmade Christmas // Megan Nielsen Design Diary free tutorial

Start with some red felt and some green felt, and some wide double fold bias tape in green. I love felt for this kind of thing because it doesn’t fray, so you don’t need to hem anything!!

Cut the leaves out of the green (duh hehehe).  I kept the top of the leaves straight so that there’d be maximum room to sew (i want them to be secure).

How to make a holly garland // Handmade Christmas // Megan Nielsen Design Diary free tutorial

Cut a lot of little circles out of red for the berries

How to make a holly garland // Handmade Christmas // Megan Nielsen Design Diary free tutorial

Lay out the bias tape, and place a couple of leaves inside, then a few berries on top. Pin in place. Do this at regular intervals along the length of your bias tape. You don’t have to keep the configuration the same. I changed how many leaves and berries i used each time just to keep things looking more casual and quirky and less umm mass produced.

How to make a holly garland // Handmade Christmas // Megan Nielsen Design Diary free tutorialHow to make a holly garland // Handmade Christmas // Megan Nielsen Design Diary free tutorialHow to make a holly garland // Handmade Christmas // Megan Nielsen Design Diary free tutorialThen sew right along the top! If you don’t have a sewing machine, never fear – I think this would work just as well with craft glue. I would first glue the leaves on the inside of the bias tape, then glue the berries on top.

How to make a holly garland // Handmade Christmas // Megan Nielsen Design Diary free tutorialHow to make a holly garland // Handmade Christmas // Megan Nielsen Design Diary free tutorial

I’m really in love with these garlands! I made two, and I think i’ll need to make a few more as I have too many places i want to hang them :) I played around with the configuration a lot, but finally settled on stringing them across the longest wall in our living room. I kind of wish I had an excuse to leave them there year round :)

How to make a holly garland // Handmade Christmas // Megan Nielsen Design Diary free tutorial

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How to make a holly garland // Handmade Christmas // Megan Nielsen Design Diary free tutorial

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Erin/babesinthriftland
10 years ago

Cute! I’m going to save this to use later!

Marilyn
10 years ago

I love felt and this is such a cute idea I’m totally going to have to recreate. Thanks for sharing!

Meg
Meg
10 years ago

This is so sweet and simple! I have to get myself some felt and bias tape. ;)

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Kiri
10 years ago

So cute! Have to earmark this project for next year as I’ve already decorated for this year!

Tash
Tash
9 years ago

Fab tutorial, thank you! These look great! I stupidly forgot I needed extra wide bias binding but carried on with my narrow piece! This made it a little bit fiddly and I had to sew the berries on after. Next time I will definitely use the extra wide stuff! They still look fab though, and fun to do…..great project!

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