How To Make A Fabric Scrap Garland

how to make a fabric scrap garland

I videotaped this tutorial a little while ago but never posted it on the blog til now.  I made this garland before Thanksgiving so it’s Fall themed but you can make it with any theme in mind.  I plan to make one for Christmas before too long.

This fabric garland is very easy to make.  The only skill it takes is the ability to tie a knot.  There’s some measuring involved, too but really it’s super simple.  If you don’t want to read through the post first, scroll to the bottom for the video.  Make sure you subscribe to my youtube channel to see more craft tutorials and videos.

fabric scrap garland

Supplies you’ll need to make your garland:

  • 4 ply jute
  • approximately 2 – 2 1/2 yards assorted fabric
  • scissors
  • tape measure

fabric scrap garland

How to make your fabric scrap garland:

  1. Your going to start by tearing your fabric into 1″ – 1 1/2″ strips.  You can choose any width but this is about how wide mine were.  In order to tear your fabric, start close to one raw edge and make about a 1″ cut.  Grab the fabric with your fingers and tear the end piece straight down.  This gives you a nice straight frayed edge.  Make a couple more cuts, as far apart as you want your strips to be, and tear them off.
  2. Take all of your long strips of torn fabric and measure the length you want them and start cutting them apart.  I cut mine 9″ long each.  Create a trash pile to throw all your tiny scraps and loose threads you may pull off.
  3. My garland is 6 feet long but you may choose any length that works best for you.  For my 6′ garland I cut about 6 1/2′ of jute because we’re going to knot each end.  Go ahead and create a loop on each end and knot the loop off.
  4. Now it’s time to start tying each scrap onto the jute.  Simply wrap it around the jute starting at one end directly beside the loop’s knot and tie a knot then double knot it.  I chose two patterns as the dominant ones and based all the others off them.  Keep your patterns mixed throughout so you don’t have one color or pattern concentrated in any one section.
  5. Continue to attach the scraps until you finish right beside the second loop’s knot.  That’s it!  Your garland is finished!

fabric scrap garland


  • You may want to purchase extra fabric.  I’m guesstimating the yardage.  If you’re like me, you’ll want to use at least 8-10 different patterns/colors.  I say the more the better but you’ll definitely want to see repetition, too.
  • Some fabrics tear easier than others.  A torn fabric line is the easiest way to a true straight line.  Don’t go by the pattern on the fabric, a lot of times they’re off.  Soft fabric is harder to tear.
  • I love mixing homespuns with regular calico prints.  Homespun fabrics tend to shed more threads in my opinion.
  • Don’t overlook solid garlands.  I’ve made some completely out of plain muslin but decorated with sewn on objects and have sold them at craft fairs.  They can be gorgeous just for their simplicity.

2 thoughts on “How To Make A Fabric Scrap Garland

  1. LOVE this!! I have so much leftover fabric from quilting projects, now I have something to do with it! I know what I’m making for Christmas gifts next year! Thank you!

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