Thursday, November 24, 2011

My First Scrap Garland for Christmas

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I don't work alot with fabric.
I can cut a square, fold it around a form, staple it down
to make a bulletin board, bench seat, or footstool.

Do I sew?
Very little.
When I do sew,
it is only by hand.
Hopefully, Santa will bring me a sewing machine for Christmas
and a huge scoop of patience to aid me in learning to use it.
When I find a project that is done with fabric
and requires no sewing,
I'm thrilled.
I love muslin,
the imperfectness of it's color
the little flecks of brown and black.
Muslin makes me think of something simple,
primitive, basic.

Recently, fabric scrap garlands have come to my attention.
There are a couple of ways to make these,
depending on the end result you desire.

For this garland,
strips of 2"x7" fabric were cut.
The fabric can be ripped in strips,
but I'm very fond of just grabbing my cutting mat,
rotary cutter, and having an hour of making fabric strips.
My rotary cutter is my friend.

Twine was used as the base to tie the strips on.
(That $2 spool of twine from the auction has been one of my best buys ever!)

A 6' piece of twine was cut.
A loop was made and knotted in each end of the twine,
so that the loops could be used for hanging.
Duct tape was used to secure the straggling piece of twine
to make the string more secure.
(I'd hate for one of the knots to come out and it all fall to pieces.)

Strips were knotted around the twine-
32 strips of muslin,
16 strips of toile,
which was repeated to give 5 patches of muslin
and 3 patches of toile.

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It's not perfect, but for my first garland,
I don't think it's half bad.
And it's a craft that I can do plunked down on the couch,
while watching some tv at the end of a long day,
snuggled up with the kids.

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  1. Your scrap garland is beautiful!
    ~ Julie

  2. I love how it came out!

    I'd love for you to link up and share:

  3. So pretty! I'm like you, not very good at sewing. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. I love it! I have some great scraps that I so want to create one with too! I also think it would be so fun to make a bright birthday garland that comes out each birthday. The scraps are so perfect because when you put them away they wont get ruined!
    Love it!

    I would love for you share this with our readers at our 4th Friday Finale at Over the Big Moon!


  5. Awesome :) I love the style kinda antique ish. Im visiting from Over the Big Moon Friday Finale.

  6. I think you have done a great job- imagine what you'll do with the sewing machine!

  7. Love it!
    You did a wonderful job and so easy..I like that! :)


  8. Very pretty. Love the simplicity of it. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Love this! Mine kind of project.

  10. Adorable...I have some plans to make some projects with scraps this Christmas too. Can't wait...
    Thanks for your sweet comment on my spring made my day :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  11. That is so pretty! I love how you can change up the look based on the colors of fabric you use. I am a new Twitter and FB follower from Family Ever After. Vicky from Mess For Less

  12. I like your "scrap" garland. I think it's wonderful we can transform our scraps into something beautiful. I'm a new follower, please come by for a visit when you have a chance.

  13. Very cute and homespun!
    I'd love it if you could share this over on my Simply Christmas Inspiration Party at

  14. I think this is one of the prettiest rag garlands I've ever seen. I love that you kept it monochromatic, nice and simple. You did a gorgeous job, and have inspired me to try one for myself! I'd be thrilled if you came and linked this up to the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at


  15. That turned out really good! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  16. Love your garland, thanks for joining in for VIF, I'll be featuring this post on VIF this afternoon! xo

  17. I will be featuring your scrap garland tonight that you shared at Project Queen's "Christmas Craft Tutorial" last week.

    Thanks so much for sharing!


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