I've got a little how-to here if you'd like. So simple and so many possibilities: you can hang them vertically from the ceiling, drape them over furniture, use them as table runners. I think they'd be cute arcing over a crib in a nursery too.
- Pieces of felt (mine is polyester/wool blend) in various colors--your pick. Scraps would work great. The variations are endless...
- Circle templates or a cutting tool (I tried this one from Martha Stewart, which I purchased at my local Joann store)
To make, cut a bunch of dots out of felt. The garland is more interesting if you have circles in a few different sizes.
This circle cutter didn't work perfectly (it slipped a bit and wasn't super smooth--I may be asking too much of it cutting felt) but it at the least outlined a perfect circle even if I had to finish the cutting with scissors.
I cut a good variety of dots and tried to vary sizes and values or intesnity of color. I didn't come up wtih a formula for calculating the length--I just cut a bunch and then started sewing. I ended up going back and cutting a few more to add to one garland I wanted a bit longer (just tied the threads together).
Now stitch the dots together by picking a circle and stitching down the middle and then placing another circle in the path of your presser foot. I didn't leave any space between the circles and tried to keep the stitch down the center by "eyeballing" it, which is fast if not 100% perfect! Back stitch at the beginning and end of your garland and be sure to pull your machine threads a bit long to start and again to finish so you have threads for tying the garland.
And there you have it. About as simple as it gets but such a great way to pull through the colors of a party.