March 24, 2014

Shabby Fabric Garland

Fabric garland...My new love!

This is so unbelievably quick and easy


 Just incase you are one of the 10 crafters in the world like me, that haven't made one....I had to share.


The back wall of my booth at the Polka Dot Flea will be a wire grid that I covered in muslin fabric.  But...It needed a little something to add interest....So, I thought...Let me try making a fabric garland.


I love it and it was sooooo easy.  It took me under 2 hours from start to finish to make 20 feet of garland and that included choosing my fabric,tearing, and tying it.


Any size strips will work.  I tore my strips approximately 3" wide by 10" long.   I didn't do any measuring I just eyeballed the size and started tearing.

The best part was I used up tons of fabric scraps, bed sheets, old table runners that had holes, fabric from dresses that I bought at the thrift because I liked the fabric.


I did not use any special knot, I just tied the fabric strips on twine.....Quick and Easy!


I can see these being used as decoration in an antiques booth, a girls bedroom, baby and wedding showers, garden parties.   How about Red, white, and blue fabric for a 4th of July party?

I know many of you have made fabric garlands....How and where have you've used them.

Happy Creating!
Carol


51 comments:

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

That is very pretty and looks cheery and like spring!! Nancy

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These are always super pretty and look easy to do, Carol! I love how yours turned out. I have not made one myself yet, but I have pinned a few of them to do at some point.

Julie Shelander said...

Love the selection of fabrics! Can't wait to see all of this come together.:) Thanks for sharing, Carol!

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I love it, Carol. Part of the appeal of yours is the gorgeous choice of sweet fabrics. What a fun way to dress something up. I think I am going to make one for each of the headboards of my granddaughter's twin beds when they get moved into their new home. xo Diana

Mari said...

Oh Carol these are so pretty, I love the pretty fabrics you use to make your beautiful garland. It will also look great for an Easter mantle ;-)

Hugs~
Mari

Kathy said...

I am one of the 10!! So many ideas and so little time - big sigh....

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Carol this is gorgeous. I love it and reminds me of the rag baskets I've been creating. I need to make a few of these too. Thanks for the inspiration. I have started rag roses now and it is a bit more work but fun.
Love the fabric you used.
Have a great week.
Hugs

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Carol, I love it! The fabric scraps are beautiful!! I am pinning and just adoring what you created. I may just make a burlap one for my spring mantel as I have a ton of burlap strips left over from my burlap rag wreath. I have missed blogging and visiting other blogs. Yours is always so amazing! Have a great week! ~ Jamie

Terra said...

I like all the dainty pink roses and other flowers, which makes a great spring effect.

annieg said...

I have one that I made with a string of lights and it goes up my stairway. I have two in my guest bath; one on the window draped over a lace swag and the other on a towel rack that I don't use. I love them! They're all over my house at Christmas.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love it! I need something to go over my French doors into the lanai! This is a great idea! Hugs!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Such a pretty garland! Happy sweet week! xo Holly

PattieJ said...

This is beautiful!! I've been wanting to try this for a long time but it looked to me like it would take forever... You made it sound so simple I will have to try it now!! lol

Pattie

Createology said...

Beautiful fabric garland totally in your signature style dear. I have only made and gifted them so of course I am the Cobbler who has no shoes! Fabulous!!! Creative Bliss...

Tamara said...

That is so pretty, Carol. It looks so soft and shabby. I love the colors you chose.
Blessings, Tamara

Gina said...

That's soooo pretty, Carol! I love your fabric choices. Perfect!

Laurie M said...

I love it, so soft an feminine, and easy!! I hope you are well,

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Yours turned out beautiful! I've had one for a few years that spans the back of my booth and it always get customer comments. Yours will too!

Nancy said...

Yes, I always have one matching the time of year in my New Bay Window. I tie them onto Candylight strands. With the Candylights they are a hard sell online at $30~$40 but not in person at the store. I do really good selling them in my Boutique. I Love yours Carol, all those Shabby Fabrics!! Next time I will add some of my cutter linens never thought of those, usually I use Ribbons, Lace and Bed sheets. Your Booth is going to be Gorgeous!!

Nancy said...

Here's my latest tying projects for Easter, https://www.etsy.com/listing/183635952/ooak-vintage-rag-tie-wre-basket-for-home?ref=shop_home_active_1

Huggs, Nancy

Cheryl Lawson said...

Hi Carol,
I must be one of the 9 other crafters who haven't tried this yet...but your post really makes me want to! What a great idea...thanks for sharing it. Cheryl

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Beautiful fabric choices, Carol!
It will look great in your booth!
I made some similar to these years ago. I gave one away and hung one on a bed frame.

Melodee said...

soooooo cute! yikes, going to try this type of garland now! I have made the ones where it just hangs a little and the basic pennant (oh and if you fold over a circle doillie ~sp?~ over twine it makes a nice pennant)...thanks for the cute idea Carol!!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love a quick and easy project and this one is so pretty. I've never made one either, but that will change. Thanks for sharing Carol.

Marlynne said...

I'm one of the 10! Going to make some with my sister next time we get together! thanks Big Time!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

You are definitely not alone on this one, Carol! I love it, and think it would be great in one of my daughter's bedrooms. Those fabric are tres shabby chic! xoKathleen

Bonnie Jobe said...

Just so lovely - my favorite fabrics. So Shabby Chic...feminine! Woo hoo!

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

Oh so so nice garland and linen ! I made wreaths with that technique but not any garland ! and I love so much your linens. On saturday I'm going on Marché Saint-Pierre (the most well known place in PARIS for fabrics) hope I'll be able to find some as cute as I dream !
xoxo from a grey and cold PARIS

Joëlle

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I am another of the 10 crafters who has never made a fabric garland. I love yours! I like the look of all fabric and what a great way to put all your favorite fabrics on display. It looks amazing! You have inspired me :)--as you have done so many times! This is actually something I could do while watching one of my favorite shows.

Nilgün Komar said...

cute !!

Ros Crawford said...

I'm one of the 10! But seeing this I will rectify that ... it's beautiful!

Jane said...

I've never made one, but you've given me some ideas about using old fabrics. Thanks!

Becky said...

wow, these are gorgeous!

Dee Lapin said...

It's on my list of things to make. I love your beautiful garland Carol!

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Nope, I haven't made one...yet. Your garland is so sweet!!! Love that you used your stash of old stuff. Looks so beautiful there on your mantel.

lynn said...

so charming, carol! it's on my todo list:)

Connie said...

I Love It!
I hope you don't mind if I steal this ideas.
Connie:)

Linda said...


I love this! I need to make one, but have to keep away from the K-3 (kitties) or they would be hanging off of it!
Linda

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I have NEVER made one!!! Yours is so pretty! Love the fabric you used!!
Still snow around here :( I "heard" it may get to 60 on Saturday!!!
warmly,
deb

Little Miss Maggie said...

I have made many of these garlands, but none as pretty as this one. I love all your pretty pinks and roses. So so feminine. This would be awesome in a baby girl's room used as a valance.

Mimi Sue said...

I love making these too! My favorites are the ones I made using scraps of lace, seam binding, and cheese cloth. So light and airy. I tied some on a small (25 light) strand. When you plug them in they're kinda magical. Mimi

Kelley said...

Eleven. One of 11 crafters who've not made one {yet}. I'm number 11. But when I get done trying to replicate this adorable garland, well, you know!

Hugs,
Kelley~

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

ohhh your booth is going to be sooo awesome !
How about making one or two with polka dot fabric too ?

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Curtains in My Tree said...

Cute very cute
I haven't ever made one however I really think I could accomplish this project LOL
I like where you said you used up old fabric from vintage dresses.
That gives me an idea to use a large pink satin piece of fabric I have to make me a garland

Amy Jo said...

That is so pretty. And you can reuse it after the show... which is getting close!

Blessings,
Amy Jo

mamasmercantile said...

It looks beautiful I have just bought metal rings to make rag wreaths to decorate my area at a craft show.

Te de Ternura said...

GRACIOSO Y BELLO..
Gracias amiga :)))
Conxita

Teri Coleman said...

After seeing this I decided that not only did I need one for my stairs I also needed to make this my next craft session with my niece! She has a shabby chic bedroom and is 10 (just as you predicted) somehow she got hers finished but I didn't so just hung what I had done up on one of my craft room shelves.....forget the stairs! The colours were a little bold but look fab in my craft room! Now I need it to be 3 times longer and I need to make one more like yours (thicker, fuller) for my stairs .... and then.... thinking yours would be spring like and swapping it for a (living) Christmas garland and now I'm thinking one for each season..... help!!! I still have a gazillion other half done projects! Why don't I have the motivation to complete one project before starting the next? I don't suppose any of you know what I'm talking about....do you?!......

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

I came back to bookmark this garland. I want to make one for my sunroom. I just need some material scraps! lol

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

And you are so smart.......just something so simple like using old sheets or thrift store dresses, I would have never thought of.

Mandy Mayer said...

Hi Nancy!I wondered if they are tough to sell online but easier to sell in person?I have made a few and theyre so much fun!I've collected many prints of fabric and I would love a few marketing pointers!