I have been working on a Valentine's Day project, inspired by the one I saw on this blog. I really had every intention of it being a traditional garland, but was looking for the FASTEST way to do it. At the end of the day, I decided to sew a gigantic ruffle...I thought that was my best chance at having a nice, full garland.
It worked, sort of. I basically bought three different kinds of fabric at Wal-mart, cut them into strips of varying lengths (in this case, about 6 inches, 8 inches and 9 inches). I sewed each strip of the same fabric together, so they formed really long strips (probably 10 feet long). Then I layered the strips, smallest width on top, and centered them on top of each other. I'll also have you know that none of this was done exactly...I just eyeballed it, because once you turn it into a ruffle, it all gets mushed together anyway and exact measurements don't count!
So, if you've ever done any sewing, a ruffle is pretty easy. I lengthened the stitch setting on my machine as high as it would go, and sewed one long seam down the middle. Once that's in, you take the threads that run off the end of your newly sewn seam and pull...it instantly scrunches. And you just keep wading it up until you have the tightness in the ruffle that you desire.
My plan was to then hang this from our mantle, but it just didn't hang right. The ruffle was a bit to wide to lay nicely and I had no convenient way of hanging it without tape, which I just didn't see working well. So, I improvised and hung it vertically...and added pictures, felt heart ornaments and some hearts cut out of the paper the little kids painted on today.
I also cut some large hearts out of the paper the kids painted on...they are hanging on our front door. I'd like to hang some from the ceiling, but I need some fishing line to make that look good, and I just don't see myself getting to the fishing line store before Valentines Day next weekend. That may just be an idea for next year...you can't win 'um all, folks.