In an effort to use up more of my growing scrap pile, I whipped up a quick garland of fabric ribbon the other day to use on our Christmas tree or to wrap packages. It’s a super scrappy technique, with unfinished edges and little regard for perfection. But I think that’s what makes it feel so handmade and special.
And it’s super easy to make. This is definitely a beginner project — you barely have to be able to sew a straight line!
Various scraps of coordinating fabric, at least 2″ wide
First, cut a bunch of strips of fabric, of varying lengths, that are all 2″ wide.
Sew the short ends of the pieces together to create one loooong ribbon. I use the chain piecing method, one piece after the other. Much easier than clipping all the threads after each 2″ stretch.
You’ll end up with a long ribbon. Press your seams open. How much do I love those gold dots? All the much.
Fold the fabric in half, and press the fold.
Then, using a large zig-zag stitch, stitch up and down each long edge.
You could also use other decorative stitches if you’d like!
Then hang it on a super-festive tree. I love this one in our backyard with the little berries. It’ll go on our Christmas tree once we set it up (after Thanksgiving, thankyouverymuch).
Can you imagine this tied around a brown paper package? They’ll have to change the lyrics of the song to “…brown paper packages, tied up with super cute scrappy fabric ribbon…”
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