I first thought of making a fabric garland when I saw a picture that my friend Elise posted on instagram of one she was making. I decided it was easy enough to do and would look darling somewhere in our #babyberrett nursery. We have decorated baby boys room in a nautical theme and I wanted the colors to be a light baby blue, mixed with some navy blues and greenish blues too.
Actually at the time I was making this fabric garland we hadn’t painted or hung decorations, but I had ideas of what we wanted so one Saturday I headed to Joann’s Fabric on my quest to find some cute materials to make this garland. I was also looking for some thick blue and white striped fabric that I could use to make curtains (but actually never found any – at Joann’s or Hobby Lobby). Anyway, I was able to find some cute fabrics that I liked and hopefully aren’t too girly and I came home and got right to work.
I got a few fat quarters of some and a few quarter yards of others. But I only used half of the ones that were a quarter yard – since they are twice as long (and you’ll probably see the other halves in some upcoming food photos). Then I measured out how wide I wanted each strip – about 1 1/2 inches wide, and cut a small snippet at the top of the fabric and then ripped the material down the rest of the way. (If you want your garland longer or wider you’ll need more material). The fabric will fray, but that’s part of the look we’re going for.
Anyway, here’s some steps of the whole thing:
- fat quarters of 6-7 different materials
- Lay out your first piece of material.
- Cut slits in the top of your fabric every 1½ inches or so.
- Go to each slit, starting on one side and rip the fabric down to the bottom.
- Set aside your fabric strips in a pile.
- Repeat with additional material pieces.
- Fold one strip of fabric in half, laying the end of your ribbon over the loop.
- Pull the two ends of the fabric strip through the loop.
- Continue with additional fabric strips, alternating material as you go.
- Continue until all your fabric strips are used.
- Cut the other end of your ribbon and tie knots on each end.
- Hang where desired.
And there you have it – easy peasy, right?