Have practically worn calluses on my finger tips this week in a hurry to finish this twinkling Christmas fabric garland project BEFORE Christmas. Imagine!? I bought the fabric at Hobby Lobby early in the fall. Yeah, really, like September? And then kept saying to myself (between trips out of town) that it was too early to start working on a Christmas garland. And then it was December 15th all of a sudden and I hadn’t started on it. While this is an easy project, it is a bit time-consuming and shouldn’t be left for the last minute! Lesson learned.
So, let’s get down to the nitty gritty in case you want to embark on making one of these garlands now in the 11th hour like I did!
Christmas Fabric Garland
You might remember my summer fabric garland from this post. It was my first stab at these knotted cloth-strip garlands. I loved the finished product. And when my windows were open in my den, the little fabric ribbons would dance and sway in the breeze. When I saw a similar version for a Christmas garland on Pinterest, I knew that would be my autumn bucket list craft project. Little did I know it would be practically winter before I got it made.
- Christmas fabric (bought 3 patterns, 1 1/2 yards each for an approximately 15′ garland)
- Twinkling Christmas lights, a strand or multiple strands long enough for the area where you will hang the garland
- Pinking shears (optional)
- Poinsettia (or other design) clip-on Christmas tree ornaments
I considered using pinking shears but the idea of trying to cut my fabric straight…at this late date…was just added stress! Using the pinking shears prevents raveling and does make the garland look more finished.
Tear or cut the fabric into strips, 1 1/2″ wide by about 7″ in length. I didn’t measure each strip. Who has time for that when you’ve waited til the last minute to make your Christmas fabric garland? For the width, I cut notches into one end of each piece of fabric, about two fingers wide, and then tore the strips. I found the length of my hand from finger tip to wrist to be about 7 1/2″ and used that as my ruler for cutting the strips by length.
Begin attaching the strips to the strand of Christmas lights. I found that my ironing board made the perfect craft table for this project. I put my fabric strips in three piles on one end. And stretched out the strand of lights across the length of the ironing board. Because its height is adjustable, I was able to sit on the couch to work on this time-consuming step.
Really awful photo but you get the idea. I tied the strips on in a pattern, with about 6 of them between lights.
Once I had all of the strips tied onto the lights, I wrapped the strand around the length of my wrought iron banister. I was in love! Kind of fluffed some of the strips that were smushed against the banister but otherwise it looked fab. If I do say so myself!
I cut the tulle into ribbons approximately the same width and length as I had torn the fabric. Then tied the tulle onto the light strand, about one tulle strip at each light.
Used clip-on Christmas tree ornaments for the final touch. Found these glittery gold poinsettias at Dollar Tree. Clipped them onto the light cord about 10″ apart. Probably could have used one more package of these but at this point, at this late date, I wanted to be finished with my garland without making another run to the store.
Oooo, gives me goosebumps. Proud of myself. And best of all, PC really likes it, too. He is not keen on Christmas at all. At. All. So when he complimented me on my garland, my heart grew 3 sizes.
Even the kitties like it! They helped me all morning and then sat back and admired our handiwork.
Wondering if I should make one of these using snowflake-patterned fabric and leave it up through January and February? I use a lot of snowmen and snowflakes in my Christmas decorating for that reason! Should have thought about that when I was picking out the fabric for this project. Wouldn’t this be pretty in shades of blue with white and silver?
Did you whip up a holiday craft this season? If so, please tell me a little about it in a comment below. I am always looking for new ideas to try. Last year about this time, I was working on guardian angel cards. You can check out that project, here. They are a sweet way to send out a good thought for the new year.
Hope you will run by on Thursday for an update on the progress I’ve made on my mini Christmas bucket list activities. Will also be sharing my winter bucket list with all of the bucket list bloggers. If you have a bucket list post, come link up with us! Your list can be as simple or involved as you like.
Hugs and kisses,