This is easy and fun! I'll walk you through step by step:
1. Trace stars, Christmas trees, circles or whatever you want the garland to feature on any kind of paper you have on hand. I like the rustic look brown bags give. The tracing was my daughter's idea.
2. I ended up just cutting free-hand. One reason is I wanted a rustic/shabby look to the stars. Another is that I just get impatient when crafting and want to hurry and see the finished product!
3. Start stitching! Didn't know you could sew on paper? Well, now you do. Look how your crafting world just opened up! Since you want some "string" between pieces of the garland stitch for an inch or so before putting the next piece under the needle. Don't go for too long or the machine will start knotting up. Through trial and error you'll quickly get a feel for the perfect amount ;).
4. Have a kid take your picture. Look down at your feet to try to avoid showing off your double chin and then see peanut butter on your legs. Laugh, cause you just don't care!
5. This picture would be so much better showing the garland around a lush, green pine tree...but alas, I am on strict instructions to wait for Thanksgiving to end before displaying such an item in this household...