Circle Tutorial, Three Different Ways

Hello there!  So glad you could join me today for my Goddess project today.  Have you checked out The Stampin' Royalty weekly challenge blog yet?  You need to, we have some great challenges, and the design team goddesses are fabulous!  This week's challenge is simple, anything with circles will work, so grab your provisions, create something fabulous and head on over to the Stampin' Royalty to link it up!

I have three different ways to show you how to put your circle punch to work, take a look:

The first garland is easy for everyone, especially if you do not have a sewing machine or are sewing challenged.  Punch a ton of circles, I used the I am Me DSP, you will need two for each circle (a front and back).  I used my graph paper so that my circles would all have the same spacing.  The white bakers twine from Stampin' Up! is perfect for this project, nice and sturdy.

Use your tombo multipurpose glue, and really give it a good layer, making sure your twine gets some glue on it as well, simply line up the top circle, smoosh it real good, and hold it for a sec.  Now, I am pretty type A, so I made sure my patterns that are showing are the same, and going in the same direction.  Super easy, but takes a little more time then the next type of circle garland.

This type of garland is sewn on the sewing machine.  I have never made one of these before, but I found it to be real easy the very first time I tried it.

I punched 12 circles from my Venetian Romance DSP, alternating between the 1 3/4 circle and the 1 3/8 circle punch.  I lined them up first to make sure that my patterns and colors were spread out.  I turned my machine on, and set it to a medium straight stitch, pulled out a bunch of thread to be able to hang the end of the garland, and one at a time fed the circles in.  I let the previous circle pass through the needle, and sewed "air" for about a half inch before I fed the next circle in.

This went super quick, even though I keep the speed slow and constant, you can whip these up quick!  Very easy to do, even a beginner sewer can do it.  Pull out some thread at the end and you will be able to hang it very easily.

Next onto this circle flower.  Punch a bunch of circles, for this flower, I used the 1 3/4 circle punch in the Afternoon Picnic DSP.

Snip about a half inch straight up, put some tombo glue one edge, overlap the other side, making a hat shape.  The bottom layer flowers you only overlap a little, and overlap a little more for each layer up.  I used three layers, the bottom layer has five petals, middle has four, and the top has two, but play around with it for individual results.

Use your hot glue gun and your silicone mat for best results, I glued the bottom layer to a circle of card stock, and also curled and shaped my flower edges, glue the next layer on, and so on.  I put a pretty fringed vintage faceted button in the center, topped off with a pearl.  I also painted the underside of the flower petals with gesso since I only wanted the coastal cabana color to show.  This flower was made specifically for another project that I will share with you shortly.

Most of my blog follower's know that I am slowly redecorating the downstairs of our home.  We have been here for ten years and I want our home to stay trendy.  My new love has been antiquing, so I have sprinkled antiques in with some our new decor.  This is a sneak peek at my mantle, it's not finished yet, but almost there.

So which tutorial did you like the best?  You can and should use your paper crafting for home decor, it's so fun and fresh, and chances are your neighbor down the street won't have the same items!  Drop me a line and let me know.  Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Paper:  I am Me, Venetian Romance, & Afternoon Picnic DSP, bermuda bay card stock
Tools:  Circle punches, 1 3/4 and 1 3/8, bakers twine, vintage faceted buttons, basic pearls, glue gun, silicone mat, sewing machine, tombo glue


Patti Willey said…
Love the garland strands! And your dimensional flowers are Sweet! I've given my sewing machine to my sister who doesn't use it..I'm not sure I have the space to bring it back many Stampin' Up! items in the way!
ali said…
what a great idea. love the circle banner and will be having a go at it also the flower is great, so many ideas so little time#
Unknown said…
Thanks for sharing! I had seen a banner similar to this but didn't know how easy it would be for a non-sewer. I am a little closer to actually trying this now...but I might start with the Tombow version first! :)

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