DIY Fabric Garland

A few weeks ago I shared my little girl’s nursery and several of you asked to see a tutorial for the DIY fabric garland I had hanging over her crib. You can see that post here if you missed it. Fabric garlands are actually very simple to create. And cheap. And easy. And purdy. All reasons you should make one. I’ve made a few of them over the years, so today I’m happy to show you exactly how to do it for yourself. I’m actually in the process of doing a bit of a makeover on the playroom in our basement, so this was perfect timing. I just whipped up a new one and took photos along the way so I could show you fine people how to do it too!

DIY Fabric Garland

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 yard of 2-4 different fabrics
  • lace, ribbon, or burlap for added texture (totally optional)
  • twine
  • scissors
  • coffee, obviously.

DIY Fabric Garland

I think this garland looks best if you have a few different patterns/colors working together, so grab a variety of fabric and get creative.

DIY Fabric Garland

Lay your fabric on a table or flat surface and start cutting slits about 2 inches up the fabric. Do this all along the edge of one side, I cut mine about 2 inches wide as well.

DIY Fabric Garland

Then simply start “ripping” the strips. Just grab one tab, hold the fabric tight and pull. Easy. Very easy.

DIY Fabric Garland

Do this with all of your fabric. Just make sure you’re ripping the strips the same way on each one. And FYI, it will fray and some of them will have lots of stray strings attached. That’s ok, you can trim them off later.
DIY Fabric Garland

Next up you’ll start tying the fabric to your twine. Start by holding it together like in the photo above and make a little loop at the top. DIY Fabric Garland

Then lay the loop over the twine and pull the back pieces through.

DIY Fabric Garland

Keep pulling…

DIY Fabric Garland

Pull it all the way through and make it nice and tight.

DIY Fabric Garland. Farmhouse Decor. Playroom decor.

You’ll end up with a little tie knot at the top. Continue to do this with each piece of fabric. alternating as you go.
DIY Fabric Garland. Farmhouse Decor. Playroom Decor.

And here’s a little tip: if you tie either piece of twine to two chairs like I have done here it makes it much easier to tie the fabric on. DIY Fabric Garland. Farmhouse Decor. Playroom Decor.

This next step is totally optional, but I usually like to include some kind of ribbon, lace, or burlap in my fabric garlands to add a bit more texture. Just measure out your strips to match the long of the others and simply tie it on. I typically don’t do the loop technique for these extra pieces, I just tie an old-school knot at the top.

DIY Fabric Garland

DIY Fabric Garland. Farmhouse Decor. Playroom Decor.

DIY Fabric Garland. Farmhouse Decor. Playroom decor.

All done and ready to go up!

DIY Fabric Garland. Farmhouse decor. Playroom decor. DIY Fabric Garland. Farmhouse Decor. Playroom Decor.

I went back in and added a few strips of white burlap. Burlap is great, but I’ve found it only works well if you have a few strips. It sheds easily and tries to unravel a bit, so I use it sparingly.

DIY Fabric Garland. Farmhouse Decor. Playroom Decor. DIY Fabric Garland. Farmhouse Decor. Playroom Decor.

Well that’s it. This project is so easy. And there are so many ways you can customize it to make it unique to you. Plus it makes a great gift. About a year ago I made a fabric garland for my cousin’s nursery for her new baby boy. I actually used one of my Grandpa’s old shirts. It was one of his old button up flannel shirts and I just cut it into 2″ strips. I mixed it with soft gray fabric and burlap. It made the most amazing garland and was such special way to remember him. Well let me know what you think and if you have any questions at all. I’m always happy to chat with you guys, it definitely brightens my day! And thank you so much for being here!

DIY Fabric Garland. Quick and easy step-by-step tutorial.

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  1. 11.8.16
    Kellie said:

    what a cute, fun project, Sarah!

    • 11.8.16
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Kellie!

  2. 11.8.16

    So cute. I have a very similar one in my little guy’s nursery hanging on our curtain rod 🙂

  3. 11.10.16
    Deanna said:

    Fun idea! I think I will try this with Christmas fabric!

    • 11.10.16
      Sarah said:

      Great idea Deanna, I need to do that too!

  4. 1.11.17
    Kristy said:

    Is it 1 yard total or 1 yard of each fabric?

    • 1.11.17
      Sarah said:

      You’ll need 1 yard of each fabric you would like in the banner.

  5. 8.13.19

    How will a cloth or regular garment garland ensure the same quality and same effect like the fancy or plastic ones?

  6. 9.7.20
    Carol said:

    Thank you! Thinking of doing my kitchen. Black. white gray check sunflowers

  7. 1.28.21
    Marah said:

    How many feet long was this garland?!

  8. 11.19.23
    Deb said:

    Thank you for sharing. I have a new step-grandson and would love to share his grandfathers shirts with him.