The little birds...

If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Beautiful beautiful tulle!

I'm always on about how to make ribbon and gorgeous things for a tiny amount of money as things can be so expensive.

Tulle has so many uses and in coming posts I'll show some more. It can often be cheaper than wrapping paper per meter.

For tulle garlands like these you need quite a bit. I would try three metres if you want to try it. Provided it has come from the store neatly folded do not unfold it. Laying it out and cutting miles of strips is just too hard. Leave it folded and simply cut roughly 2 inch strips so that as it unfolds you have long strips. It doesn't need to be continuous.

Once you have a pile of strips simply run a long running stitch through the middle on your sewing machine. Use the longest stitch. Now it depends on your tension.... run a bit through. Mine on normal tension with result in a gathered strip... like this...

If it doesn't gather then adjust the tension to be tighter or simply pull up the threads yourself every now and then to gather it. Either work. 

Now you don't need to be very fussy. If the strips are uneven or crooked it won't show just keep sewing! When you get near the end of a strip overlap the next one over it by a small amount so you have no gap. 

You will find a huge length is gathered up and you end up with a couple of meters of garland.

This is a job once the girls were eight or so they would have loved to do for me. Hello, it's straight line sewing and looks lovely so it would be great fun to do!

Once it's done it can be used in so many ways. Imagine instead of streamers at a party, along the mantlepiece, around the Christmas tree... over a girls bed...

On Sunday we will put up our tree. The first of December is THE DAY. I'll post how it looks on the tree!

Meanwhile it is like photographing air. It would possibly help it I had a camera but I don't this is my phone. 

But the end result is so pretty! 

1 comment:

  1. How soft and pretty does that look! So much nicer than tinsel :)


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