diy {scrap fabric garland}

Okay…so this look’s like a repeat of a post from last week, but I assure you it is not.

After I hung my sister’s print, it just didn’t look right. I wasn’t crazy about the bunting so I decided to make something new.

A scrap fabric garland. That is the most creative name I could come up with….


  • Scrap fabric
  • Long ribbon, trim, lace
  • Coffee with lots of cream and candy corn is also essential

Cut pieces about 16 inches long and 3 inches wide. Just eyeball it – no need to be perfect. Fold in half.

Cut the fabric into strips…but not all way leave the very center uncut – this helps keep the fabric together for later steps. I’m not explaining it well, hopefully the pictures help.

Notice the little feet on the spiderman sleeping bag. Her brother left his sleeping bag there and she decided to lay down…

But she scooted her head onto the cement and under the chair. She was quite content and did not want to be bothered or moved.

My strips of cut fabric. How many you make depends on how long you want your garland and how close you want the tassels of fabric.

Now to tie the fabric. I used a piece of lace trim to tie on my tassels of fabric. Again, hoping the pictures explain how to tie it on

While Little One rested under the chair, her brother was painting nearby me.

Last week someone asked about my crafting books. These are a few of my favorites. The Farm Anatomy book is not a craft book, but I like the illustrations. I’ll try to post more about them later.

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  • Andy - love it. it is so pretty. so sweet how little one is just laying there. love those pics. in you last pic noticed the greeting card from katie daisy. i purchased that one for my mom for her birthday. her grandmother name is honey. i though it was perfect.

  • Amy Beachy - LOVE it- it looks perfect! I always make the pennant style- time to try this!

  • Sharon @ Discovering Blog - Completely adorable, do-able, and seemingly easy! I love how garlands and buntings add happiness to a wall.

  • Seriously Sassy Mama - I was so wanting to make one of these for my girls room, and also above my tele. I love it.

  • dee - what a beautiful idea.I think i will have to give it a go.Little One is just so settled now isnt she,She has the most amazing smile it will melt hearts.-love dee x

  • Katie - Oooh, I think I may have to make a trip to the fabric store after class! This is adorable!

  • Ko S. - This WILL be made! Oh so cute! Thanks for sharing it with us! And Little One is precious. Oh my heart is she precious!!!

  • Kara M - Ha ha ha…My table looked similar this morning. Coffee and candy corn! Probably not the best start to my day, but I enjoyed it! 😀

  • Pam - OOH! Cute craft and candy corn! I love it! I mean really love crafts and candy corn. 🙂

  • Jane - What a sweet idea! My 12 year old daughter does a Christmas craft camp during the holidays and this would be a fun one to make…..

  • mandie - I own the MS Encyclopedia of Sewing & Fabric and I LOVE it. Even just looking at the photos over and over is so inspiring.

  • Natalie - Really cute! Love that it is so easy to make! Thanks for sharing and the pics of Little One are adorable!

  • Molly - i love how you take scraps and turn it into something so pretty! oh and i love how she is just chilling under the chair! kids can be so silly:)

  • stacey - bee-u-tee-full! and it looks simple and fast too…my kind of craft right there! 🙂 ps…i’m in love with your shoes! xox

  • rachel - love, love, love 😉 might have to try this.

  • Arlene - Ashley, thanks so much for posting this idea! I was up in the wee hours of the night wracking my brain for how to decorate for our yearly Cru women’s outreach coming up soon. I just took a break from slicing & dicing Christmas-y fabric to say thanks & let you know our students will LOVE putting this garland together.

  • pinksuedeshoe - I am so in love with your new family/craft/studio/place to make messes that aren’t the dining room table space. It is such a wonderful way for your kids to grow up, with a million supplies at their fingers and their mom by their side. Beautiful I tell you, beautiful.

  • Megan - Such an awesome idea! I love your craft space!
    It is awesome how your kids are so into crafts like you!! Little one is precious!!

    Just wondering, do you homeschool your kids?

  • Joanna - Soooo…I’ve been reading your blog and following you on instagram for quite awhile now. My have I enjoyed it…it’s the only one I read. 😉 I find so many similarities between FireCracker and my 2yr old. From the funny faces she makes to the pink converse sneakers. 😉 Just today she was all dressed up in her cheerleading outfit for her big brother’s soccer tournament. She didn’t want to sit on the sidelines and shake her pompoms…She wanted to go “run and fall with the boys” that were playing nearby. I’ve never posted a comment, but I figured today was the day when I saw your gold shoes in your picture. I have the same ones! I only thought this was funny because just today I was at Target and bought cowboy boots on clearence. I probably wouldn’t have even tried them on except I saw your beautiful family picture the other day and loved your boots and wondered if I could pull them off! We shall see…my husband will get a good laugh anyway! So anyway…you don’t know me but you bring a smile (and tears) to my face regularly. I’ve told many people about your adoption journey and feel like I want to say “my friend adopted a baby from China recently…” :)I think if we did know each other we would be great friends. Perhaps on the other side of glory… Btw…I love your “Thankful:” Istagrams…may have to do that myself. What a great way to remind me of all my blessings daily and… “In everything give thanks”

  • jami - ahhhhh! cute. and the babes under the chair. just stop it.

  • anna - Ashley, your blog occasionally exudes “calm.” I have 2 little ones of my own, and I know that there must be a “crazy” factor, too. So, I just wanted to tell you that you are doing a fantastic job of balancing mom/artist/crafter/photographer. I struggle to find that balance every day… and it seems that you (maybe have the same struggles, but) make it work. So. Keep on keeping on, Sister!

  • Ruth - Just love how this scrap fabric garland adds the perfect amount of happy, cute and fun!! Little one is precious. Love how she has settled in. And on another note, have you tried Brach’s CARAMEL candy corn?!! Oh my goodness. Amazing yummy. I could only find them at Target. The best! Love to your sweet family!! Ruth 🙂

  • Kat - I have been waffling over whether to buy or make the tissue paper version of this for the shop I work for for months. I tend to just crumple tissue paper, so I was hesitant to go the DIY route, but I also did not want to spend $30 on something I knew I could make for $10 or less.

    This is the perfect solution! We have tons of remnant fabric and I just made the first sample tassel and it was easy as can be! Thanks for posting!

  • elizabeth - LOVELY!! i’ve wanted to make this for some time now…thanks for the step by step!!

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  • Jessica Barnhart - do you have a trick to keep the fabric from fraying after you cut it? Is it just the type of fabric?

  • Meredeth - I just made this tonight and I love it! I used ribbon since I do not have any fabric scraps. Thanks for the inspiration and I love the sign behind your garland.

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  • Wendy Burks - Thank you for sharing pics and instructions for your beautiful garland! I also enjoyed seeing your kids crafting and hanging out with you. That makes crafting so much more fun, sharing it with your kids! 🙂

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  • Carly - Hi,

    Just found your tutorial via Pinterest. I’m just making this garland now using some really old pillow cases and two old t-shirts! I was about to throw them away (I donated all the good stuff, but these were not even charity-shop worthy!)

    The colours all work together beautifully (pinks, teals, greys).

    I’m planning to show off the finished product on my blog and link back here – hopefully it’ll ping you when the blog post goes up (probably this weekend).


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  • Jenni Sipe - Love this idea – I have lots of scraps left over from making quilts and pillows