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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

How To Make A Fabric Scrap Garland In 5 Easy Steps

How to make a fabric scrap Christmas garland in 5 easy steps

Transform Clutter Into Christmas Decorations

Christmas garlands are the perfect fabric scrap busting project when you have more scraps then you know what to do with and can't bear to simply throw them out

Step 1

Tip all your scraps out into a big pile. 

gather your fabric scraps

Step 2

Cut or tear the scraps into strips about an inch wide and are all approximately the same length.

Because I was going for that organic, shabby look I tore my strips for the unravelled edge effect. After I tried a few out I found I liked the look of about 12 inches (30cm), the finished length is a bit less then half the cut length.

tear your fabric scraps into strips

Step 3 


Take a piece of string or rope the length you want your garland to be and start tying your strips to it.

tie fabric strips to cord

I used 3mm (approx, 3/8") cord. 

nylon cord

How to tie the strips

fold strip and tuck under cord

 Fold your strip in half and push the loop end under your rope.

hold loop open

Hold the loop end open with one hand and hold the ends in the other. 

push ends through loop

Push the ends through the loop.

pull ends to tighten

Pull on the ends to tighten.

Step 4


Decide you don't like the colour combination and start over. Push the strips off the end of your rope and they will magically come undone.

Go and make a cup of tea. Come back to discover you have a helper.

Geri the wonder dog helping

A helper that has fallen asleep on the job. Finish your cup of tea then dig your project out from under your lazy bones helper that refuses to move.

Geri the wonder dog asleep on the job

Once you've got the colour combination working for you it all goes pretty quickly and you can have a couple of meters finished in an hour or so. By then you might want a snack and another cup of tea.

You can skip this step if your colour combination is working for you, your helper is actually helpful and you don't want a cup of tea.

Step 5


I've got these pins all over my house

Wonder where to hang it up, tie a couple of loops in either end of your rope for this purpose and bravely stick some pushpin hooks into your wall.

finished shabby garland

Voila! You're all done. Stand back and admire your beautiful bespoke garland.

purple garland, dusty blue and ochre garland, pink and cream garland

Take a moment to realise (and enjoy) that you have:
  1. upcycled clutter into something useful
  2. reduced waste that would go to landfill
  3. created a decoration that will always remind of you the projects and memories associated with those fabrics (for me that includes a wedding, family and friends)
  4. saved money.
fairy lights with shabby garland

Add some fairy lights for that extra Christmasy touch. My fairy lights are multicolour icicle indoor ones. 


13 comments:

  1. I made my daughter and my Halloween pirate skirts out of fabric scraps. I never thought about using it for garland. Great idea.

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    1. These scraps weren't really big enough for anything else. I like the idea of a pirate skirt!

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  2. Hi I'm Sharon visiting from How To Get Organized At Home and I just wanted to say thank you for linking up to the party with such a great post, I would never have thought to do this but it looks awesome!

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    1. The garland turned out better then I hoped but not as good as I imagined. I'm really pleased to have found a way to make such small scraps useful again. Thanks for coming to visit!

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  3. I'm totally in love with this! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you being a part of our party, and I hope to see you on tonight at 7 pm. We love partying with you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Yes, I finally took the plunge and joined your enormous party!

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  4. What a great way to use up scraps. It looks really fun with the lights. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I think it's the lights that make it properly Christmasy- but I secretly think the pink garland would also be great for valentines day with some pink lights. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. too cute and a great way to decorate, use up scraps, add a bit of whimsy and smile every day rolled into one! Love the skirt idea too :) thanks for sharing with us!

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    1. Just can't resist a bit of whimsy and smiles! :o)

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  6. This is so cute! Great idea! I love fabric scraps for so many reasons! Thanks for linking up at totally terrific tuesday! i hope you had a wonderful new years day and I cant wait to see what the new year has in store for everyone!
    Hope you made it back this week :)
    Jess @liverandomlysimple

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    1. It's going to be an exciting year for sure.

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  7. Cute, easy, saving the planet, triple win!
    Melinda

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