This morning’s first entry is sent to us by Jenny, who is showing us how to make a fabric fringe garland. Just in time for you to dust off your sewing machine and start making them before the holidays – and your wedding.
What you’ll need:
– 2 yards of fabric
– Spool of matching thread
– Pinking shears
– Sewing machine
– 2 – 1 yard pieces of coordinating ribbon
Step 1. Fold fabric in half with cut ends together. Fold in half again, bringing cut ends up to folded edge. Fabric will be about 18” wide on the shortest width.
Step 2. Lay fabric flat on a table. Using the pinking shears, trim the selvedge edge of fabric off. Continue to cut 2” strips of fabric, parallel to shortest end (selvedge end). You will end up with strips 2” x 6 ft long. Cut 4 strips.
Step 3. Take the 4 strips and unfold. Layer them on top of each other. Trim ends square.
Step 4. Fold one piece of ribbon in half. Insert folded end about 1” in between end of strips. (2 layers on top and 2 layers on the bottom)
Step 5. Set sewing machine to zigzag stitch, adjust length of stitch to .70 ( or about <1) Starting at ¼” from the end of the strips, sew down the center of them, all 6 ft. Step 6. Stop about 2” from the end of the length, trim even, and insert second folded ribbon end like Step 4. Sew to ¼” from end. Trim excess threads. Step 7. Using pinking shears, cut perpendicular to the stitch about ½” to ¾” apart, be very careful not to cut into the stitching. Step 8. Repeat down the length of the garland, on both sides.
Enjoy! Repeat with remaining fabric. 2 yards will make four 6’ garlands. Customize with coordinating colors and patterns. Save garlands for future celebratory moments (birthdays, anniversaries, babies…)