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3-D Paper Raindrop Garland

This whirly-twirly blue decoration is the perfect backdrop for springtime parties, birthday bash, or a baby shower. (Get it? "Shower"?)

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This project requires a sewing machine. If you're a beginner, you'll want to have the fundamental features and step-by-step instructions on how to use a sewing machine. And if you run into any sewing snags, consult our handy sewing machine trouble-shooting guide for quick fixes.

 

You can apply this sewing technique to any kind of paper garland: have fun making themed garlands in the shape of circles, flowers, or stars.

materials

  • Blue card stock
  • Blue thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

steps

  1. Print out your own template (one for each raindrop in the garland).

  2. Stack five sheets of blue card stock and cut out the template using scissors. Tip: Stack subtly different shades of blue to add dimensionality to each raindrop.

  3. Secure raindrop cut-outs with paper clips.

  4. Using a pencil and ruler, draw a straight line down the center of stacked raindrop cut-outs (this will guide your machine stitch).

  5. Thread your sewing machine (blue will match the color of paper raindrops). Set your machine on a straight stitch with a long length.

  6. Line up a single raindrop bottom-end first under the needle and machine-stitch along the drawn line, continuing to sew for spacing between raindrops; repeat this step until you have a complete garland of raindrops.

  7. Once you have reached desired length, snip with scissors and knot the end.

  8. Petal out the drop facets before hanging.

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