We are very excited to introduce a new member to the Kunin Design Team and to the Kunin Classroom, the talented Julie McGuffee!
Originally from England, Julie has been professionally involved in the Arts & Crafts industry for over 25 years as an award-winning designer, consultant, educator and on-air personality. She has authored over 50 “how to” craft books on a wide variety of subjects as well as regular feature columns in national and international magazines. For almost 15 years, Julie hosted a popular TV show for scrap bookers on PBS and presented product for leading manufacturers on QVC, Shop at Home and HSN. Julie is “Nana” to 4 adorable grandchildren and lives in Texas with her husband of 43 years and longtime furry friend, Tucker, her 15yr old Cocker Spaniel.
Country Christmas Garland
By Julie McGuffee
A garland is always on trend whatever your holiday decorating style. This one is easy to make and can be customized to match any décor.
You will need:
SNOWFLAKES: Upload the 3” Snowflake png from your desktop into Cricut Design Space then following software instructions, cut 10, 3″ snowflakes from glitter felt on the Cricut® Maker electronic shape cutting machine. I selected the felt setting and Rotary blade. You must also use the pink mat. The snowflake has a lot of detail, so it takes a while to cut. You will be able to cut 9 snowflakes from one piece of Glitter felt, so 2 pieces of felt will be required for this project. When you have finished cutting, pull the outer felt piece away from the mat leaving the snowflakes on the mat. I use a metal paint scraper to carefully lift each snowflake from the mat, then carefully weed the small details while holding the snowflake.
1. Cut a 3″ x 4″ canvas rectangle for each letter. Adjust this size if your snowflakes are larger/smaller than 3″. Cut so the top of the rectangle is at the folded and stitched edge at the top of the drop cloth. If this is not possible, cut the rectangle 1/2″ longer. Fold over at the top then secure with glue to create a casement for the twine.
2. Center the snowflake on one piece of canvas then use as a guide to cut the bottom of the rectangle as shown. Use this piece as your pattern to cut the remaining pieces.
3. Fray the side edges of each piece. Trim if needed.
4. Arrange, then glue the pieces onto the red felt with the top edge of each piece aligned with the edges of the felt.
5. Cut around each piece about 1/8″ from the edges of the canvas.
6. Glue one snowflake to each piece then iron each letter in place following directions on the back of the package.
TIP: Pull the fabric away from the backing of the letter sheet, roll inward and the letters will easily release from the fabric.
7. Glue one pom pom to the point at the bottom of each banner between the canvas and the felt.
TIP: Place a spot of glue at the point where the threads meet so the threads won’t separate when the trim is cut.
8. Glue a piece of bakers’ twine across the top of each piece.
9. To create the garland, thread the end of the bakers’ twine onto the needle then pull the twine through the casing at the top of each finished piece. Leave about 12″ of twine at each end of the garland.
10. Make a small bow from the bakers’ twine then glue to the center at the top of each piece to finish.
May your home be filled with love, laughter and joy this season and always ….
You can now find an expanded color line of Kunin® Classicfelt; Kunin® Premiumfelt and Corduroy non-wovens fabrics in cut by the yard at your local Walmart; please inquire as to what is available in your area.
Thank you for joining me in the Kunin Classroom!