Last night I felt the need to get crafty. My inspiration for these Rag Garlands came from a $29.99 garland in the Country Door catalog. I knew I had the supplies to make these for free!
I have a huge bin of holiday fabrics, so I found three Christmas fabrics I liked, plus some twine my husband had, and got to work!! I tore strips from the fabrics, then cut them into appx 5" strips. I alternated the fabrics along the twine, tying them once and scooting them to the left. I left a small loop on each end to hang it from. I am THRILLED with my new Christmas garland and I've made a few more to sell at a Christmas festival in two weeks! It takes about three hours to tie all of these strips on, and I had to tear/cut additional strips three times! It's about five feet long, so I would need a few of these to wrap around the tree.
Here are some pics/instructions if you would like to make a few of these yourselves!
Start out with a piece of twine a little longer than 5 feet - so you can make two loops and knot each end.
Here are some of the strips I already tore from my fabric, too....
Here's what I did to start my torn strips....just pick three or more fabrics that you like, and cut notches at the bottom. I fold my fabric over so I get two strips per tear! Next, tear straight up the fabric - it will give you a long strip!! After you tear them, measure to your liking and cut into smaller strips. I folded my torn fabric strips into thirds and cut. They were about 5" long after I cut them.
Then start at one end and begin tying the strips on. I do a single "knot" in the middle. You will want to tear off any strings that appear after you cut your strips, too - just pull them off. Some pieces may get a frayed look, and that's ok - it adds to the country charm of these garlands. Just push pieces to the side after you tie them on, and keep them tightly together. I have no idea how many strips I cut and tied, but it takes a good three hours (with tv watching to keep me going, lol!) to do one entire garland.
And here is the first garland I made! I used a couple different fabrics with this one. I love them both, and have a couple more that are in progress! : ) Besides being fun to decorate your home, these would make great Christmas gifts, too! I am hoping I can sell a few of them at the Christmas festival - I'm going to ask $20 per garland I think!