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Sometimes I know exactly what I want to do when an Iron Craft challenge is announced, and sometimes it takes me almost to the last minute to figure out what I want to do. This week’s theme was green, of course, and I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do.
Knit something green? I’ve already made shamrock and Irish flag coasters this season, so I didn’t have a good idea. Plus, my hands and arms were hurting all last week, so needle crafts were out.
Take green in the other direction and upcycle something? I didn’t have any great ideas that didn’t also involve knitting.
I came across a Cricut file and printable for shamrocks from 100 Directions, which got me thinking about doing something with paper shamrocks. I printed out a set but then decided I really wanted to do green shamrocks on cardstock.
So I traced the shamrock onto two shades of green cardstock and cut out a bunch, still not sure what I was going to do with them. I thought maybe draw patterns on them and make a memory/matching game (which is still a good idea, by the way).
But then I decided our house could use a little more holiday decor, and I had seen people sew paper before though I’d never tried it myself, so that’s what I decided to do.
What You’ll Need
- two sheets each of two different shades of green card stock (or one color if you prefer, and as much as you need for the length of garland you want)
- shamrock printout
- pencil and scissors
- sewing machine and green thread
What You’ll Do
- Trace shamrocks onto cardstock and cut out.
- Put your two colors of shamrocks into piles if you want to alternate colors.
- Set up your sewing machine with green thread. Put the first shamrock in and sew across.
- Leaving a few stitches between each shamrock, sew the shamrocks together in a continuous string.
- Trim thread ends and hang.
I think it turned out super cute and is a great, easy way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. And they spin, which the girl really liked. I think I may sew paper garlands for all the holidays now.
How do you decorate for St. Patrick’s Day? I’d love to hear about it.
Have you ever sewn on paper for a card before? It turns our really cute too.
That is a nifty way to make a garland! I didn’t know sewing on paper was even a thing.
Cool, right? Makes me feel super smart even though I didn’t come up with it. 🙂