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Shamrock Garland

March 8, 2002 By Taina Laraba

· Tutorials,Home and Garden

I stumbled up this beautiful garland for St. Patrick's Day and as I read it, I decided to share it with you - making only a slight change.

Proof that you don't need to go with everything green.

I love this because it has a vintage flare to it.

  • Shamrock template
  • Cardstock
  • Green striped/ticking fabric
  • Rice
  • Funnel
  • Fabric glue
  • Thread/Needle
  • Scissors
  • Twine

I found a shamrock clip art online, sized it to about 4.75 inches wide and printed it out on card stock. This would become my template to trace onto the fabric.

To make the job easier and faster, double over a piece of your fabric making sure that the ticking lines match up as best as possible. Trace the shamrock template onto the fabric several times leaving a little space in between each shamrock. I made 12 shamrocks but ended up only using 11 on the garland.

Pin the two layers together in each shamrock. Cut around the individual shamrocks, not directly on the line though.

Next, take each shamrock and glue three sides together with your fabric glue. Leave an opening to fill the shamrocks with rice to make them “puffy”. You can see the puffiness of the shamrocks in this picture of the finished garland.

Initially, I was not sure what to fill the shamrocks with. I did not have any poly fill stuffing at home and didn’t want to buy some for this small project so I put on my thinking cap to try to find something we had around the house. The first one I tried filling with Kleenex to see how it would work. That did not work out too well, it was too lumpy and did not have any give. I decided to use rice next because I knew it was small enough to fill in all the spaces but would still be pliable. It worked perfectly!

When adding the rice, I used a bamboo skewer to help move the rice around so I could fit more in. I also had to move the rice around by squishing it to make sure all the spaces were filled. I left some room at the opening so I would be able to sew the shamrock closed. My finger worked as a good spacer.

Fill each of your shamrocks with rice, but leave enough space for you to hand sew it closed.

After it is closed, remove the excess fabric by cutting along the black line. The edges will eventually fray but that is fine, it will add to the farmhouse look. I found it easier to make short cuts into the corners rather than cutting around the shamrock in one long cut.

After it is closed, remove the excess fabric by cutting along the black line. The edges will eventually fray but that is fine, it will add to the farmhouse look. I found it easier to make short cuts into the corners rather than cutting around the shamrock in one long cut.

You should use a thread that blends in like I used on the rest of them.

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If you have an old window, perfect to hang this from. However if you don't, just group 3 or more vintage finds on a buffet and hang your banner above it on the wall.

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