Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Candy Cane Rag Garland DIY

'Cause it's my birthday, and because I really like the way this project turned out...I'm sending a tutorial your way today!

I have always harbored a love of rag garlands, but they look kind of intimidating to a girl who can basically make a bobbin pop right out of a sewing machine with a single glance.  So much fabric must involve sewing right?

Um...no actually.  I looked closer at one in a store not too long ago and oh, hey! Rags = frayed edges, which in turn means no sewing.  So, I rummaged in my basement once again to see what I could come up with, and found a stained tablecloth, and an old pair of red yoga pants that may or may not have had words across the bum.  (Seriously...why was that ever a good idea?).

I avoided the whole 'red and green' color scheme simply because my drapes are a light greenish color, and I didn't want to clash too horribly.

I started cutting strips about 8 inches long and 1 inch wide, then when I had two considerable piles of rags, I started knotting.
I knotted then in different directions on a long piece of jute, and since I wanted my garland to have a little bit of a striped effect, I used 4 white strips, then 2 red, and just repeated the pattern until I had a long enough garland.

Now...I think this garlands rightful home is draped along a mantel, but we do not have a mantel in this house, so I draped ours over the door, which I still loved!
It was so easy, and I didn't pay a penny for any of the supplies! Not a bad deal if you ask me!

16 comments:

  1. Super cute and fun!!

    I shared it on my TT&J FB page and linked to you :)

    xoxo
    Jen

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  2. What a great idea! Oh, and Happy Birthday! Hope you have another fabulous year!

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  3. That turned out really cute - I bet I've got some fabric laying around I can use! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. ahhh that looks soooo cute! my husband would probably kill me from the mess i'll make trying to make those...maybe next year?

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  5. That is a fabulouso idea and so cute! And I absolute adore the fact you used old yogo pants with words on the bum (which is, in fact, never a good idea...) CRACKED my hiney (with no words on it) up.

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  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR BEKAH, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!! What a great garland, simple to make but packs a punch in the decorating dept.!! Love it, oh, and you too!! xoxo, Oukie

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  7. I'm very impressed! I think my fingers may cramp up if I started to tie knots like that though! :)

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  8. So proud of you Birthday Girl! That is tooooo cute!

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  9. Hmmm.... awesome lookin garland !

    I love you princess!

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  10. Ok... LOVE IT! I am going to get started ASAP! I have the perfect place to hang it above my kitchen window! Thank you so much for the darling idea - you rock sister!

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  11. Very cute, I wish I had the patience for something like this!

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  12. nice post. thanks.

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  13. thnks for linking this on the handmade holiday linky party! super cute garland...i want to copy. :-)

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  14. What a terrific garland and a great recycle project. Beautifully created! Love jewelry, love making it too..isn't it fun to custom make what you like for you!? This is a beautiful bracelet, beautiful colors and beautifully created. Welcome to Blogland...it is fun too. I have joined your followers list and invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Hugs, Gayle

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