Vintage Children’s Book Paper Garland

I think it’s about time to decorate our nursery.  My first daughter is now 2-1/2 and my second daughter is 6 months.  It’s not to say that it’s completely not decorated, but I really didn’t apply myself when I first put it together.

I think I would love to do a book theme (I’m surrounded by reading, perfect for a literacy teacher…) and work in a mix of vintage and modern styles.  Here’s my first project: a children’s book paper garland that I may end up turning into a mobile, or I may just drape it across the bookshelf or a corner of the room.

You’re right, this picture doesn’t actually show the garland from a children’s book.  I also made some garlands out of vintage sheet music, so you’ll see a mix of both in this post.

I’ve seen images of these garlands a lot, but never realized how easy they are to make, especially with the technology of a sewing machine and Cricut machine.  I used my Circut to cut about 80 circles of three different diameters, 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″, and 2″.

I started with one of the circles and sewed across the center of the circle.  It’s as simple as randomly sewing circles next to one another.  To get a little more space between the circles, lightly tug on the thread at the back of your sewing machine while continuing to sew.

I was very random in the size of the circles and distance between them, but I think it adds to the charm of it.

I’ll be sure to add some photos of it in the nursery!
I’m selling both in my Etsy shop – which I finally decided to open after years of people telling me I should.  Right now, it’s a little random and there’s very few items, but I’ll be adding more items, mainly tied to the theme of upcycling antique and vintage items.  Please check it out!

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