DIY Fabric Garland No-Sew Scrap Buster Project
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This DIY fabric garland is an easy craft project that uses up fabric scraps from your stash. It’s so simple you’ll want to make it for dressing up windows, decorating for a party, or just to swap out your color scheme for a season.
Hello! I’m Keri from One Mama’s Daily Drama. I don’t know about you, but after watching “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” I felt really motivated to use up some of my craft stash. Even if my supplies do spark joy, they aren’t much use if I’m not crafting with them .
This DIY fabric garland is simple and very versatile. You can use any color combo and cut them to just about any size. It’s the perfect project for using up all the fabric you’ve been collecting because it’s pretty! I will say that I’ve made this a couple of ways and the version I’m sharing below is my favorite so far.
Still have scrap fabric left over? Make a matching set of DIY fabric rope placemats to go along with the garland!
How to Make a DIY Fabric Garland
This fabric garland is simple to make and requires only a few supplies that you may already have on hand.
What you need:
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Craft/DIY Tools Needed:
Supplies or Ingredients Needed:
- fabric scraps – I used fat quarters in 5 different prints
- cotton cord
- optional: mini cup hooks or command hooks
1. Measure and cut cord
First, measure the width of the window or space where you plan to hang the garland. Add 2 or 3 inches on either end and cut your cord to that length.
2. Plan the pattern
Next determine how many different fabric patterns you want to use and how many strips of each you will need. My kitchen window measures 35 inches wide and I used 22 strips. I wanted enough variety that I didn’t have to put the same color twice in a row, but not so many that it was too wild, so I used 5 different patterns.
3. Cut fabric
Using fat quarters (each one measures 18×22 inches) makes this step so simple you don’t have to measure. Cut each piece in half lengthwise, then each of those pieces in half lengthwise again, then one last time. Your final pieces measure 2.25×22 inches.
A fat quarter will give you 8 strips. For my garland, I used a mix of pieces.
Total fabric strip count:
- 8 red
- 4 light blue
- 2 dark blue
- 4 yellow
- 4 daisy
For a really easy DIY fabric garland, you don’t even have to cut! You can also purchase something called a jelly roll, which includes a set of pre-cut fabric strips in coordinating patterns and colors. Each piece in a jelly roll measures 2.5×42 inches.
4. Tie fabric onto the cord
To attach each strip of fabric to the cord, find approximately the middle. Fold the fabric in half, wrap the “legs” around the cord, and slide them through the end loop. (For those who love macramé, this is the basic starting loop/knot.)
Repeat the process, adding fabric strips to either side of the center until all of the pieces are attached.
5. Hang fabric garland
I have two sets of cup hooks attached to the inside of my window. I change out the garland seasonally and use the bottom cord for hanging herbs to dry. If you want something less permanent, Command hooks are great.
I simply tied a loose slipknot in either end of the cord and slipped it over the hook. Once the fabric garland was up, I adjusted the pieces along the cord to spread them out a bit.
Altogether this project will only take about half an hour or so. It’s also a great, inexpensive way to decorate for the season and if you already have a fabric stash – it could be free.
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Great Post Keri,
This fabric garland is so cool. I am truly excited to make this beautiful fabric garland.
How do you get the fabric to stop fraying. Or do you leave the frays.
Hi Carlee! I just left the fraying on mine. It wasn’t a ton and I thought it looked okay. If you want to avoid fraying edges, you could use a fabric that doesn’t fray (like jersey) or use Fray Check on the edges. Fray Check is a clear liquid that comes in a little bottle like super glue. You would need to use it along every cut edge, so that might be pretty time-consuming.