Felt Leaf Garland
Activity DesignerLara Housser
I love everything about Fall: the light, the smells, the leaves. But the color show we get with the turning leaves out here in California isn't as showy as those you enjoy on the East coast, so I thought it would be fun to make our own Fall Leaf Garland as colorful as we want it to be! Plus, I've been looking for a good sewing project I could do with my 4-year-old daughter. Working with a blunt tapestry needle and felt is great practice for fine motor skills--and great fun, to boot.
How We Did It
I invited my daughter to draw pictures of leaves on the felt and then cut them out. She had a difficult time producing leaves that were a) easy to cut out or b) big enough to use in making the garland. Also, I found the (cheap) felt I bought was difficult to cut with kid scissors, so sharp, grown-up scissors were required. In the end, I hijacked this part of the project and cut most of the pieces.
Once the leaves are cut, use a tapestry needle to thread the leaves on to a piece of yarn that is knotted at one end. I prefer tapestry needles because the points are sharp enough to penetrate the felt, but safe for small people to use.
There are certainly lots of ways you could sew the leaves together,
depending on your or your kids sewing skills and patience. We just
chose to do a simple over and under stitch on each leaf (you can tell I'm not a
seamstress since that's probably not even a proper term for that stitch!).
The garland did have a tendency to get a little tangled, so I stayed close by to gently straighten things out, if necessary. After your little one is finished sewing, you may want to smooth the leaves out.