Today I want to share a beautiful little DIY leaf project tutorial, perfect for fall! Aren’t they darling?! Read to the end for details on the giveaway!
Here is what you need to make this project:
Felt in color palette of choice
Fiskars scissors (I am using the RazorEdge which are good for cutting thick fabrics, so I can cut many layers at a time)
Leaf printout (optional)
Fabric glue (optional)
I have made my own leaf sketches available to you, you can click HERE for that or sketch your own.
Cut those leafy shapes out with paper scissors and place it on a stack of 3 or less felt pieces. If you are using a shape with intricate cutting, I would recommend only 1,maybe 2 layers so not of the intricacies get lost.
Use a marking tool to outline your leaf shape. I used an air erasable pen, but really anything will do – just be sure the line gets cut off if so it doesn’t show.
Us a pin to keep the layers lined up
I used these Fiskars RazorEdge scissors because they can easily handle layers of fabric, they do a great job with thick fabrics.
This really expedites the project!
Use the same shape to make more or make some different leaves to add variety!
Next, I chose some complementary embroidery floss colors and added some embellishments to the felt for an added whimsical feel. Embroidery floss comes with 6 strands, so I split the strands and used 3 for this project.
I used a simple back stitch for my stitching, here is a quick recap, or you can watch THIS VIDEO where I show you in depth.
Come up from the back and go “back” to the base of the previous stitch. The goal is to make the stitches about the size of a grain of rice.
Then travel the needle and floss from the back of the leaf and bring up from the back in order to create another back stitch.
Here is the finished result of this particular leaf, I really liked the look of using a few different shades of floss.
You can leave the leaves like this and embellish projects, but I would like to make it into a garland, so I added an additional piece of felt to the back of the leaf in order to string it on some yarn. I used fabritac glue, but any fabric glue will work.
What do you think of my garland? I love the way it turned out. The hand work was easy and meditative, the scissors made it fast and it’s easy to customize to your own decor, pretty cool!
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