This is Elise from www.eliseandemelie.com and today I’m sharing a no sew project with you all! Fabric garlands are such a fun way to personalize a wall or decorate for the holidays, so let’s get started!
It’s a perfect project to do together with kids too as there is no sewing or hot glue guns involved once the prep work of cutting the fabric strips are done.
I used a selection of the following holiday cotton fabrics:
- Cotton + Steel Garland Merry Memory Multi
- Michael Miller Holiday Row Tinsel Tiles Multi
- Michael Miller Holiday Row Holiday Row Multi
- Riley Blake Cozy Christmas Recipe Teal
- Michael Miller Holiday Party Peppermint Stripe Pink
- Michael Miller Holiday Party Mint
- Riley Blake Pixie Noel Snow Aqua
- Michael Miller Holiday Party Pink
- Michael Miller Llama Navidad Llama Navidad Red
You'll also need the following supplies:
- inking shears
- Mini clothes pins
- Pellon Lite EZ-Steam II
Alright, let’s cut our fabric strips! I experimented with different widths and ended up with a mix of fabric strips ranging in width from 1.75” to 2.5” wide. I started with thinner strips but in the end I wanted to be able to see as much of the prints on each fabric as possible so I cut them wider. When the prints have cute faces you don’t want to chop them up! So, depending on the print you choose to work with, test a few strips in different widths and see what you like.
Line up your ruler with the edge of your fabric. Here you see it lined up at the 2.5” mark.
Once all your fabrics are cut, take your string or ribbon and secure the ends around a table or cutting mat to keep it in place.
Take a strip of fabric and fold it in half. Then slip the folded side under the string.
Open up the fold.
Take the two ends over the string and slip it through the folded end.
Pull the ends and voila, you’ve got your first fabric garland piece in place!
Take another strip of fabric and repeat steps 1-4 and keep on going until you’ve added strips to fit your desired fabric garland width.
Once you’ve added enough strips, tie loops on each end of the string to hang it up.
Tadaaaaa! Super easy and fun!
This garland makes for a festive backdrop to a table spread for the holidays too. It’s easy to add a little fun to a wall and with a cute christmas tree, even better!
It’s really easy to customize the width too. If it’s not wide enough, add more strips. If it’s too wide, take off a few strips.
So by now you’re probably wondering about the need for the optional tools mentioned in the beginning. Well, did you notice how cut those llamas are? I mean, come on, leg warmers, pompoms and sweaters! So cute! I just had to make a bunting with the llamas!
Also no sewing required here either!
You can make a bunting, decorate the christmas tree with them, or even just use them individually to decorate the table and walls!
Here are the steps to making the llama bunting:
Place your print fabric facing down. Then take a sheet of the Pellon Lite EZ-Steam II and trace around the shape you want to cut out.
Cut the Pellon and remove one side of the paper backing.
Stick it onto the back of the fabric and cut it out. You can reposition the Pellon so don’t worry if you don’t place it right the first time. It won’t be permanent until you iron it.
If you have pinking shears, you can use them to cut out the shapes too.
Clip your shapes onto string with mini clothes pins and you’ve got yourself a super fun bunting!
That’s all from me this time and I hope you have fun making your own fabric garland and bunting.
Happy holiday sewing!