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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Grandma's Angel Garland

By: Nancy Dill for QuiltWoman.com

Whether you are looking to decorate your mantel or your tree, this Grandma's Angel Garland is a great way to add a touch of Christmas class to your decor. Made with fabric scraps, these angels are great for any home decor. You can string as many angels on this garland as you'd like...and you can even make each angel out of a different fabric for a more unique look. This is a great project for a cold dreary winter day, and your Christmas decor will thank you for adding this to your home!

Primary TechniqueFabric Crafts

Easy

SeasonWinter

Sewn byMachine

Materials:
Makes 4 Angels

 

  • 2/3 yd. cotton fabric for arms and bodies
  • ¼ yd. or fat quarter cotton fabric for wings
  • 8 cotton balls
  • 2 yds. satin ribbon or cord for waist sashes 1/8” to ¼” wide
  • 18” gold cord for halos
  • Piece of fusible web the size of 4 of the wing template below
  • Thick tacky glue
  • Scissors
  • Tube turning tool such as QuiltWoman.com Quick Fabric Tube Turner (optional)
  • Angel Wing Pattern

 

 

 

Instructions:
Read all instructions below before beginning so you can plan the length of your garland.

  1. Creating the Arms: Cut a strip of fabric 2 ½” x width of fabric (approx. 42”).  Fold strip in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sew a long tube using a ¼” seam, including one end.  Turn tube right side out.  Tie a loose knot close to the closed end of the tube.  Continue to tie knots with approx. 6” space between them to form the hands.  Space them evenly.  Turn the raw end inside and stitch closed.  If you want a longer garland, just cut more 2 ½ strips and add them to the end of the first one.
     
  2. Angel Body: Cut a piece of fabric 10” x 20”.  Place a cotton ball in the center of the wrong side and smooth the fabric around the ball to form the head.  Tie around the fabric at the neck with thread.  Place body over arms, centering between two knots.  Tie around waste with thread.  Tie ribbon around waist and tie with a bow.  Cut the ribbon ends at an angle or knot cord ends to avoid fraying.
     
  3. Hair and Halo: Apply glue to top of head and attach a cotton ball for hair.  Cut halo cord into 4 even pieces.  Form one into a circle and glue to hair.  Let dry.
     
  4. Wings: Fuse two pieces of wing fabric wrong sides together with fusible web following package instructions.  Cut out wings.  Fold on line and glue along line to back of body with top of fold starting just below head.

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That's unique and very pretty and not nearly as hard as it looks at least the instructions don't look that hard. I haven't tried it yet because I don't have the kind of material I want to use for it. This is neat because the angels can be any color you want them.

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