[More photos will be forthcoming…]
I write this at the behest of Rockester, head of the ScrappersChallenge list.
A friend of mind taught me how to make this – it’s ridiculously easy and I love the look of it. It took only a couple of hours to make – start to finish, not counting fighting the crowds in the fabric section at the store and choosing from all the wonderful fabrics. It’s far from rocket science; the directions aren’t terribly exact. Any questions, leave them in my comments and I’ll try to be more clear.
Easy Fabric Christmas (or other holiday) Garland
You will need:
- A string of 100 tree lights — I used white, but whatever.
- A yard each of five different holiday prints (or combination of prints and solids; pick one you like then match it with other fabrics) — I ran just the tiniest bit short, if you wanted you could add one more yard of a sixth, just to be safe.
- Scissors – just to make a few little snips
A. Prepare strips – do this to each yard of cloth
- Snip and rip off the selvege, if it’s white or otherwise distracting.
- Fold the yard into thirds along the 45″ (or whatever) width, make a little cut at each fold, and tear.
- Pile the three pieces of cloth together evenly, and make small snips down the length, every 2-3 inches.
- Rip the strips. Pick off extra threads, a bit ravelly is okay. Stack each yard’s strips in its own pile.
B. Decide on your fabric sequence. You can do an in and out pattern: 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1-2-3-4-5 etc, but then you’ll need extra of the middle colors. I just did one after another, repeating. Rearrange the piles of strips into your sequence order.
C. Take each end and double the string of lights, off-setting them to make the gaps between lights smaller. (Do I need an illustration?) Actually you’ll be working from the ends, so don’t worry about getting it all perfect and neat before you start tying. No need to even unwind the whole string – just do it as you go. Leave as much of a tail at the bottom as you can, for plugging in and all. Don’t worry about the extra plug – it will be obscured by fabric.
D. Start tying the strips of fabric around the doubled lights wire, starting at the plug end. Just a single tie will do, don’t worry about knots. I did two strips between each pair of lights. Keep tying all the way up to the other end of the lights. Also, I folded the strips in half lengthwise, right side out, before I tied them, so that the fabric would be more likely to show the pattern.
When you’re finished, twist the strips around a little, settling them nicely.
If you want a longer garland, maybe use two strings of lights, held together, and more fabric of course (at least twice as much, possibly more; maybe two yards of each – no need to get TOO many patterns).