{Tutorial} Sewn Circle Garland

The circle garlands from the graduation shoot were super easy to make and created a nice pop of color and fun to the backdrop. They did require the use of a sewing machine–but I promise that I only have rudimentary sewing skills and by no means can I do much more than sew a straight line. Sometimes not even that. (It’s made me pretty handy with a seam ripper!)



- Colored card stock. I liked the effect using several shades of the same color together created.

- Circle puncher : in these photos, a 2 inch and 1 inch was used

- Sewing machine loaded with complimentary colored thread



To Make:

1. Punch your circles.



2. Fire up your sewing machine! This part is easy, I promise. Stick the paper circle under the foot and hit the gas, stitching through the circle.



As soon as the paper clears the foot, stick the next one in. I think this garland looks best perfectly imperfect, so I in no way tried to create even spacing. Which makes it even easier to make.


3. Repeat until garland is the desired length.

I used a repeating pattern (for the most part) of two big circles to three small circles. To create the backdrop in the graduation table, I made six separate strings of garland and hung them. Easy peasy! Hope it helps add a little extra easy festive to your next party!


  1. Sweet:) What a fabulous idea!!! I might have to borrow this idea:)
    Happy Mothers Day Paula:) hope you had a wonderful day

  2. How easy and fast, but creates a HUGE impact! Love it!

  3. Love how much it adds to the back drop!
    ! Just picked up new, simpler sewing machine for Shauna….this will have to be one of our projects. Would look great as room decor, too!

  4. Just darling! Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. I was searching for decorations to make for my daughter’s polka dot party and this is definitely it! Thanks so much! I can’t wait to make them :)

  6. Love this! Simple but so effective! (and it helps that it’s in my favourite colour.)

  7. Oh, I love this idea. It is so much fun and I could definitely see this in a teenager’s room. Love it.

  8. Aww thank you for this! They look so cute and blue

  9. What a great idea! I always have tons of left over paper pieces from crafts and this is a wonderful way of utilizing them. Thanks for sharing!

  10. What kind of card stock do you use for this ? The heavy kind ( Sorry I am not real familiar w/ card stock .lol)

  11. I used scrapbook paper; you’ll need something with some thickness to it to stand up to the sewing machine needle!

  12. OK i had started to cut out some card stock I got in the scrap book section at Michaels , the ones’ that come in the big packs, but i think i’ll need the thicker kind ? I’ll get some tomorrow and use these for something else. Thanks !

  13. Stephani says:

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! They made my daughters grad party look wonderful!

  14. did you use any special kind of thread / thickness?

  15. Allison says:

    I was just wondering if you used regular tissue paper for the pinwheels in this tutorial hanging on the wall?

  16. Absolutely gorgeous. You really know how to put a beautiful ideas, thanks for sharing it with us :)

  17. Awesome ideas and suggestions! I do love your pretty ideas and I love all of the ideas for crafts! ,,

  18. Awesome ideas and suggestions! I do love your pretty ideas and I love all of the ideas for crafts! thank you very much

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