Scrappy Fabric Garland

Tutorial - Scrappy Fabric Garland_thumb[2]
I saw this cute idea at a baby shower and tried it out this week.  I love that it can be used over and over, or given to Mom for décor in baby’s room.
Scrappy Fabric Garland, Cluck Cluck Sew_thumb[2]


I’ve seen these made with really long strips, really short strips, all pushed together with no rope showing…you get the idea.  There are lots of possibilities to play with.
You need rope/twine/string as long as you want it, and fabric.


Cut a strip about 3” x 16” …I didn’t cut on the bias but you can if you want to avoid fraying.
Fold in half and cut the ends of the strip into smaller strips…you can eyeball this.  Make sure not to cut all the way through the middle.  Leave about 1” to 1 1/2” uncut in the center.
Cutting Scrappy Garland Strips_thumb[1]
Fold the strip in half matching the center raw edges (no need to be perfect!), place the rope on top, and pull all the little tassels up over the rope and under/through the center portion.  If that doesn’t make any sense hopefully the pictures will…your basically just making a pretty knot.

Making a Scrappy Fabric Garland_thumb[1]

Then make lots more! You can stack and cut them with a rotary cutter to make it really fast.
I place them loosely on my rope where I want them, then I go back and tightened them up.  Avoid handling them too much or you’ll get lots of strings and fraying….you can cut strips on the bias to avoid it.


Done!  You can snip the ends and rotate the little knots and tassels around as you like.
So besides some construction paper turkeys my kids made at school, that’s about the extent of my fall/Thanksgiving décor (thanks for the idea Devry!!!).  :)

20 Responses to Scrappy Fabric Garland

  1. Victoria Baltser November 4, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Nice idea!

  2. Simply Alexandra // My Favorite Things November 4, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    This is a great idea! I always save my scraps.. I can't stand the idea of wasting them, though I never know what to do with them later! :) Thank you! XO-Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  3. Katie @SwimBikeQuilt November 4, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    My scrap obsessed/hanging things in her room obsessed 5 year old would love this. Yay for a project we can do on a rainy day today. Great idea!

  4. allison November 4, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    It's definitely not my idea…I just put it in a tutorial mostly so I'd remember how! :)

  5. Pati November 4, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Great idea!

  6. Anna November 4, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    Good idea!!!

  7. thecraftingcactus November 4, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    Nice idea! Love it!

  8. the girlfriend gap November 4, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

    That will put some happy in your day! I never tire of bunting. Love it!!! Love the use of clothes line. Thanks for sharing. Janita

  9. Charlotta November 5, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    So easy! So fun! So pretty! And the first ACTUAL stash buster I've actually ever seen!

  10. The Patchsmith November 5, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    Very clever idea and so pretty. Thanks for the tutorial.

  11. margaret November 5, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    certainly a good and different way of using up scraps

  12. Anne November 5, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    This garland is really cute. I would not have thought to make this way. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Elaine November 5, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    What a great idea, maybe with Christmas scraps even! Anything that can be done in minutes and on the go, is my kind of project! Thanks for sharing!

  14. PT in SC November 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    This would be great done in batiks because of the color saturation. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Ralitza November 7, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    Beautiful! Thanks for haring! i see some garlants here pretty soon!

  16. m3quilts November 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    I LOVE this idea! This may be how I decorate my house for Christmas! I could totally see this being put on/over white Christmas lights hung around the top of the wall to make it a bit more festive! Thanks for the lovely idea!

  17. Devry November 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    I may not be able to sew very well, but I love me a scrappy garland! cute!! ;]

  18. Indexer November 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    Similar fabric garlands decorated a wedding I attended in late summer. I collected the strips and have nearly finished an improv quilt made from all the strips, to give as a gift to the bride and groom.

  19. Lynn H. November 23, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    Very cute.

  20. Vox July 21, 2022 at 6:36 pm #

    OMG, This is similar to an exhibit at The Detroit Institute of Arts in 2018! I am going to GO CRAZY, making 4 strands of this for my refreshed vision board! Thanks for reviving an inspiration! 😊🙌🏾

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