How to make polkadot garland

As I mentioned yesterday, I had a blast planning and throwing a big shower for my friend Shannon on Thursday. I did a lot of DIY projects to keep things unique, and keep costs down. Here is the first one I'll share with you for today's Super Savvy Saturday project!
Polka Dot Garland Decor
How cute is that, right?? I got the idea originally from HERE.
You'll be shocked at how easy it is!
Here's what you need:
  • Scrapbooking paper, cardstock, paint swatches, or any other kind of colored paper.
  • Sewing machine, OR…
  • Glue gun and yarn, ribbon, or string.
Simple enough!
Here's what you do:
Cut a bunch of circles. I did multiple sizes – a big, medium, and small circle. I threw some squares in there at first, but it turns out it looks way better with all circles.

Line them up however you'd like them. Random is best.

Start sewing! I left various amounts of space between the circles, it looks great when it's imperfect which is why this project is awesome.
Just sew like normal! Sew through one circle, leave some space, then put the next circle down and keep sewing. Pretty simple!

If you want the NO-SEW option you could string them with ribbon and use hot glue. That would be super cute too!
Hang them up, and you're done! I did 5 shorter strands in the window and one long strand strung across the top. I wish I would've done one or two more strands in the window, just for the record.
It adds a great touch to party decor, or you could use this same method to make baby mobiles!

Here's another example of how you can do this:
She used all blue, and only used two circle sizes. Have fun trying different methods!

See, didn't I tell you it was easy? Enjoy!


  1. I love this! I want to start right away, but I don’t know the mom’s favorite colors or have a party theme! Anyway, thanks for the inspiration. I might even be able to get my husband to help cut out circles.

  2. I love this so much!!! Thank you very much for this amazing post!!!!! I’m doing DIY decorations for my aunts baby shower that’s next Sunday and this is perfect!!!! I’m going to make the circle garland!! I wanted to ask you one question please: how did you hang the garland on the wall and window , using hanging hooks, double sided tape? And did you use the same for the lanterns? Thank you in advance!!

  3. I just have a question. Kinda new to sewing and would like to do this for my daughters up coming party. What settings did you adjust on your machine? Tension? What spacing for your thread. And how big were your stitches? TIA!

    • Oh my goodness I’m so sorry…I know next to NOTHING about sewing! I don’t even know how to adjust the tension on my machine, so I am no help to you, haha! I just pushed the pedal and started going. I guess the good news is it worked out great even without knowing what to do, so just wing it and I’m sure you’ll be fine!!!! haha

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