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{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!

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party and craft ideas. You can also buy birthday party supplies, printables and accessories from the Frog Prince Paperie Etsy shop.

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Monday 25th of April 2016

I love these so much!!! I have a question....... In your tutorial, you say : "as soon as the paper clears the foot, add the next paper dot" But, It looks like there is more space between the dots? Did you run the machine a bit before adding the next dot? I tried this once and my machine jammed?? And advice would be appreciated ! Thank you. Michele

Paula Biggs

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017

I didn't run the machine, I more pulled at the threads as they were coming through (while holding the last circle) to get a little extra space between the circles.


Monday 2nd of October 2017

Same question!!!

Lorelai @ Life With Lorleai

Wednesday 6th of May 2015

Cute, fast, and easy! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again next week. :)

~Lorelai Life With Lorelai


Tuesday 5th of May 2015

What a great idea! I love how the garland turned out, it looks so fun and festive. Thanks for sharing at Idea Box.