DIY Fabric Garland

January 19th, 2009

My niece’s first birthday is quickly approaching and I’ve decided to try out a few projects for her upcoming party. First up is a fabric garland to decorate the walls and ceiling. I couldn’t wait to share this latest project because it turned out to be so easy and super fun to do! I wish I had a birthday party to celebrate every month just so I’d have an excuse to make these.



More pics and step-by-step instructions after the break!


Materials Needed:
Sewing Machine
Pellon / Interfacing
Rotary Pinking Cutter
Satin Ribbon
Coordinating Thread

1. Iron fabric to Pellon. Create a flag template from paper to desired shape. I made an isosceles triangle measuring 2.5″ wide and 4″ tall. Using your template as a guide, cut out each piece with rotary pinking shears. Trim off excess fabric at the top.

2. Once all the pices are cut out, line them up in the order that you’d like them to appear. I went for a random look but it helped to get an idea of where each flag might hang.

3. Leaving a little extra at each end for hanging, stitch each pice to the satin ribbon using a sewing machine. For flexibility I left half an inch between each flag. That’s it! Now you have a custom garland of your own!

This would make a great gift after the party or a whimsical touch to a child’s room or baby shower, the possibilities are endless… Happy crafting!

*Tip: I only made my flags single-sided but this could easily be done with fabric on each side. Just be sure to get double-sided interfacing.

11 Responses to “DIY Fabric Garland”

  1. robin Says:

    too cute!!!

  2. Shanon Says:

    Oooh, these are so cute! =)

  3. girl about asia Says:

    don’t they fray? or does the interfacing stop that??

  4. Kathleen Says:

    Yes, the interfacing does stop them from fraying. Thanks for your comment and happy crafting!

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  8. Yanet Says:

    I love that little cutter! Do you just buy it at a fabric store?

  9. Hollis | sass+frass Says:

    These garland inspired my new-sew version for a recent baby shower for a friend. Thanks for the great idea!

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