My dear friend Katherine had a baby two weeks ago and I couldn’t help but pull up some newborn pics of Clara to remember that tiny stage. What a difference six months makes.
Those first few days are so special and rare. I love thinking back on them, since my mind somehow forgets the aches and pains and instead remembers that cute heart garland we tied around her baby bassinet. It was so cheery!
So I decided that Katherine needed a garland (or bunting) to welcome her new baby as well.
You’ve likely made one of these before.
Garlands have been done and done, and then done again.
But it’s just one more excuse to use up that cute bias tape! (this is actually the reason I made the icy blue tape but in the end liked the pink from Lucy’s new Beach Robe better. Finicky)
So here’s what you do…
Pick out a few fabrics.
• Trace half of a bowl to cardstock to create a pattern.
• Fold each fabric in half and trace/cut two scalloped pieces from each.
• Sew along the curve with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
• Use scissors to clip the curve just slightly in the seam allowance (do not clip thru to the sewn line). This will help the seam lay flat inside the scallop
• Turn it right-side out and press very flat
You can make the garland any size of course.
• So keep making scallops till you have the amount you’d like. Then lay them out on the floor or table and decide which order you’d like.
• Make or purchase enough 1/2 inch wide double-fold bias tape to hold them all (to make your own tape see my detailed tutorial HERE).
• Grab your scallops and tape and we’re ready to assemble!
• Leave about an 8 inch tail at the end (so the garland can be tied to a bassinet or chair, etc)
• Sandwich the first scallop into the bias tape, with the raw fabric edge inside the tape. Pin it in place (we’ll only do this for the first one to hold it while we start sewing).
• Start from the end of the bias tape and sew down the edge of the tape, sewing the tape ends together and then sewing the scallop in place.
• Sandwich the next scallop into the tape, hold it with your hand, and keep sewing (no need to pin them anymore; takes too long)
One pretty little garland for any special occasion.
Hang it up and admire the pretty colors.
Or fold it up, wrap it up, and give it to a friend.
For a mom giving birth to her third little girl it’s hard to think of a new gift idea. But everyone loves party decor. I might be making these for all my expecting friends.
Sleep tight little babe.
And speaking of babies, check out baby Owen playing with the baby basket 3 years ago. Same head, same haircut, just a wee bit smaller.