How to make a (really, really easy) felt ball garland
I’ve been looking at buying a felt ball garland for Eliza’s room for a while now, until it recently occurred to me that I could actually make one. For some reason thought they’d be a lot trickier to make than they are; turns out they actually pretty simple.
What you need to make a felt ball garland:
- Felt balls (you can actually make these and there are loads of tutorials on Pinterest, but I took the easy option and bought mine from Amazon – I went for 2cm, rainbow colours)
- Thread (I bought metallic gold sewing thread from HEMA)
- Darning needle
- Cut a long piece of thread (slightly longer than you want the garland to be)
- Thread the needle with the cotton and then push it through the felt ball. It should go through fairly easily
- Once the ball was threaded on and in the right place I put a tiny looped stitch to secure it (if you use thicker or less slippy thread then you might not need to do this)
- Thread the rest of the balls onto the string, keeping them as spaced out or close together as you want
- And there you go – it’s that easy.
I’ve hung the garland on Eliza’s bed in these photos (she has the IKEA Minnen bed with a white metal frame) and on her IKEA hack bookcases (made out of the IKEA Bekvam spice racks). You can buy the balls in different colours, including a pastel set which would look great for Easter.
This sudden realisation / making idea was inspired by the book Handmade for Baby by Charlotte Rivers and Emily Gregory that I was recently sent to review.
It’s a book that contains ideas and how to guides for 25 crafty keepsakes to make for babies and new parents, or to make when you’re pregnant and a new parent. There’s everything from creative birth announcements, nursery mobiles, cushions, toys and simple clothes like baby harem pants, designed for makers of all skills and levels of craftiness.
I really liked this book, especially as there are none of the slightly twee things you might expect. Everything is colourful, tasteful and fairly gender neutral. I also really liked the ‘inspiration’ pages, which have lots of ideas for making things of your own. The felt garland isn’t in the book, but it gave me the idea, and there’s also a felt mobile you can make. The book is filled with exactly like the type of things I pin on Pinterest, and it’s actually given me the impetus to start making things (instead of just pinning them – sound familiar?)