Towards the end I thought "Durnit, I should have written a tutorial." But then I thought it was so easy I can just tell you what I did. I bought a few bags of loose leaves at the dollar store, and a length of ribbon. I sewed the leaves together (long stitch, low tension) like a loooong chain. Then I pulled on the ends and gathered it all in for fullness. I made four shorter lengths of leaves to make the gathering easier. I made enough to fit the length of ribbon I had cut to span the front of the mantle. Once all was gathered and the thread ends knotted, I hot glued this to the
I love cute and quick and easy! I haven't really made anything new for fall, and I loved the look of the leaves all over my sewing table as I ran these through. Now it makes a perfect backdrop for my 'Be Thankful' banner that I made last year:
Find my tutorial here!
Of course it's not in THIS picture (from last year) but you can totally imagine it, I'm sure. Have a good Monday, my dears! I'm not as "Ugh, Monday" as I usually am because I feel like my weekend was quite productive. See how much you can do with an extra hour?
UPDATE: I took a few photos for you so you can get a better idea of the truly fallish effect these leaves have--compare to the photo just above to see the major difference:
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