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Taffy Twist Felt Garland

Every Christmas Eve my family and I dress up, drive to the city, and climb the grand staircase of the War Memorial Opera house for the San Francisco Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker. As an adult I’ve come to appreciate the beautiful music and dancing, but as a kid it was sometimes a little hard to sit through the whole ballet. However, I always did look forward to the second act with its amazing Land of Sweets, a magical place where confections pirouette and pas de chat into life!

Inspired by the Land of Sweets, my Taffy Twist Felt Garland uses a rainbow of brightly colored felt that would be right at home in the costumes of the Russian Candy Canes and Mother Ginger’s Children. And best of all, it’s so easy to make that even a kid who has trouble sitting through a ballet will be able to help!

Super simple to whip up and adorable to have around, this garland is sure to join my family’s other wonderful traditions! Here’s to a sweet holiday crafting season! -Molly

Materials

Pattern

Finished Size

You will have enough felt to make a garland approximately 234 inches long. The one shown here is 91 inches long.

Cutting

Cut a ½-inch by 18-inch strip from each piece of colored felt. You will have seven colored strips.

Cut seven ½-inch by 18-inch strips from the ecru felt.

(If you are making a longer or shorter garland, just make sure to cut the same number of ecru strips as colored strips.)

Sewing and Folding

Pick a pleasing color order for the colored strips.

Abut a ½-inch edge of the first colored strip against a ½-inch edge of the next colored strip. Lower your machine’s presser foot onto the ends to hold them in place.

Then, using the invisible thread, zigzag stitch the two sides together, making sure that the stitching is catching both pieces. Zigzag across this ½-inch area forwards, backwards, and then forwards again to secure the join. Repeat with all subsequent colored strips.

Sew all of the ecru strips together in the same way.

You now have two long strips: one ecru and one that transitions through all of the colors.

Notes: In this section I will refer to the ecru strip as Strip A and the colored strip as Strip B. Also, this garland is folded in the same manner as a paper spring, which you may have made in grade school!

Sew the ends of  Strips A and B together at a right angle, stitching a little square where the two pieces meet. Orient the strips so that they look like the above picture: Strip A is vertical and on top of B, and Strip B is perpendicular to the left and underneath A.

1. Fold Strip B at a right angle to the right over Strip A.

2. Fold Strip A at a right angle downward over Strip B.

3. Fold Strip B to the left over Strip A.

4. Fold Strip A upward over Strip B.

Repeat Steps 1 through 4, keeping the folds neat and straight as you go.

Since the strips you’re working with are so long, it’s a good idea to roll them up so they don’t get tangled as you fold.

When you reach the end of the strips, pin the two ends together and then sew them with a little square, just as you did for the beginning.

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14 Responses to Taffy Twist Felt Garland


  1. Cindy G. says:

    This is so cool looking! And, thanks for explaining how it was made- I couldn't figure out how you kept it from untwisting! I don't know if I have time to make one for this year, but I'm tucking it aside for the future!

  2. Jenn Hoff says:

    Wow, that is so beautiful! And I thought it would be so much more complicated to make! BRILLIANT! Thank you for sharing this with us! :)

  3. sue says:

    Love this! thanks.

  4. Carmen says:

    This looks so wonderful!! Almost like one large candy cane, haha :) I don't nearly have enough felt now, but I'll be keeping this idea in mind for when I do!

  5. Anna says:

    Love this idea, it's the most unique Christmas DIY I've seen, will definitely give it a try, thanks for sharing!

  6. Isabel says:

    Love this – so colorful and bright.

  7. kuro says:

    Love this creative idea :)

  8. Marsha says:

    I love these! Where is the white Christmas tree from?

  9. purl bee says:

    Hi Marsha-

    The tree is from here: http://www.feathertrees.com/

    Thank you!

    Molly

  10. Vanessa says:

    These are so cool & simple to make! Fab job :)

    http://cafecraftea.blogspot.com

  11. Lisa says:

    Love this – so simple and effective. Love all your gift ideas too – your photos are just beautiful – Thanks for sharing.

  12. Rebecca says:

    Molly! These are so so pretty. Is it possible to find out how to make the ribbon candy ones too? They also look simple, but as I'm a novice seamstress, step-by-step instructions would be great :)

  13. purl bee says:

    Hi Rebecca-

    Yes! The Ribbon Candy Ornaments can be found here: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2013/12/7/mollys-sketchbook-ribbon-candy-felt-ornaments.html

    Thank you!

    Molly

  14. Molly Smith says:

    What a cheerful and colorful project. Thank you for sharing all the how-to details and fabulous photos. I plan to get my sewing machine out this year (to learn how) and this is my first project.

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