I recently had to make 50 or 60 of these for a wedding we designed. I thought it would be fun to post some photos and how to's of the project, as these leaves can be a really neat accent decoration around the house, for a party or, as we used them, for a wedding.
I used three to four layers of coordinating fabric per leaf. The first thing I did is cut them all out! I drew a simple leaf shape pattern and cut multiple layers of the same fabric, that way they weren't all perfect.
After cutting the leaves out, I used brown thread and my free style quilting foot on my machine. I think you could get the same effect if you disabled your feed dog and used a regular sewing foot, but I haven't tried this.
I chain sewed them to save time, but when I finished them all I thought that would also make a fun garland, all the leaves strung together.
|Sewn leaves draped as a garland before cutting.|
|close up of the sewn leaves|
After sewing the leaf veins in all the leaves I cut them apart!
That is pretty much it. We wrapped the wire stems around tree branches
to give the feel of a few fall leaves remaining on the trees. I also used them for all the boutineer and corsage bases. With the red flowers they were very striking.