I just love pretty fabric, don’t you? This project is so fun, because you can use literally any fabrics you adore! You can choose colors that fit well with a holiday or party theme, or just any colors and patterns you love for this pretty decoration. I will show you how to make a fabric garland easily using any fabric you want.
I needed a pretty accent to use in the background of some photographs, so I picked some fun, girly hues and playful patterns. I love how the pinks, aquas, and purples fit together on this lovely garland, and you can tell I love polka dots!
How to Make a Fabric Garland
- Fabric – I used 7 fabric quarters, which can be found at fabric stores in a wide variety of colors and patterns
- String to attach the fabric to as the base of the garland – I used thick yarn but twine would work well also
1. Cut the Fabric and String
For this project, you first need to cut your fabric into strips. I used 7 fabric quarters of various patterns, which were each 18″ x 22″. I made my strips about 1.5 inches wide, and kept the 18 inch length for each strip. I carefully cut each fabric into long strips and piled them up so they were ready to use. I just used a pair of scissors to cut my fabric, but I think they do make fabric cutting mats if you want to make it easier.
You will also want to decide how long you want your fabric garland to be, and cut your string or twine the appropriate length. Make sure to leave a little extra length to use to hang your garland.
2. Knot the Fabric
This is where it gets really fun, because I just love seeing the colors and patterns of each fabric fit together! It’s important to be very careful how you tie each knot if your fabric is different on the back than on the front. I used fabric where only the front side is pretty, and the color of the back side looks faded. I only wanted the front to show, and found this awesome method by The Ribbon Retreat of knotting fabric where only the front side shows. (Using this knotting method allows you to use so many more fun fabrics that wouldn’t be an option if you had to pick ones where the front and back sides were identical.)
All you have to do is set up your knot so that you pull both ends through the loop with the front side forward (shown in the pictures above). Then just pull the knot tight, make sure the fabric strip is placed where you want it, and move on to the next piece. I placed my fabric on in a particular repeating order, but you could also make yours so that the colors and patterns are more randomly spaced.
A fabric garland is an beautiful decoration to make using any fabric you adore! Choose the colors and patterns to match a holiday or event and you have the perfect decoration. Now that you know how to make a fabric garland, you’ll want to make them with so many lovely fabrics to decorate your home and events. This is such an easy project and the result is so pretty!