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Photo Garland

This simple sewing project will add a decorative edge to any project, and it doesn't even require fabric -- it uses paper instead!




  • Selected photos
  • 12-by-12-inch decorative craft paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Grid ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread


  1. Step 1

    Print out selected 4-by-6-inch photos.

  2. Step 2

    Take one sheet of 12-by-12-inch decorative paper. You can also save scraps to use as paper.

  3. Step 3

    Place one photo on paper at a time.

  4. Step 4

    Put top of photo flush with edge of decorative paper. Leave enough room around all other sides and secure photo with double-sided tape to craft paper.

  5. Step 5

    Use a grid ruler to measure and cut a half inch around 3 sides. Repeat process for several photos.

  6. Step 6

    Lay photos out within the landscape or portrait in the preferred order. Remember, variety is always good.

  7. Step 7

    Set machine to a standard stitch length, which is usually between a 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 setting. Before sewing, pull out a length of thread to give enough slack to hang.

  8. Step 8

    Start sewing with seam 1/8 to 1/4 inch down from the top of the photo. Once you reach the edge of the photo, stop and lift the presser foot.

  9. Step 9

    Gently tugging the photo, step on the foot peddles and count about 10 stitches. Continue the process until you've come to the last photo.

  10. Step 10

    When you reach the end of the photo garland, pull length of thread needed to hang and snip thread.

The Martha Stewart Show, September 2007



Reviews (3)

  • debdew 20 Feb, 2011

    Always have more than two needles, that way you will always have available. I do this because I have broken needles mid - project and had to run out to buy more.

  • ILvMartha 19 Jun, 2008

    Will sewing on paper dull the needle?

  • nikipoozoo 19 Jun, 2008

    I'm thinking I'm going to do this to my daughter's art work and hang around the playroom like a decorative border.