Adding Handmade to Our Holidays – Tiny Garland Tutorial

Hi friends!  I hope you had a good weekend!  As usual our family kept us busy, and I managed to sew a bit too – all in all a great weekend!  Part of the day yesterday was designated to putting up the Christmas tree, and adding holiday touches around the house.  The kids pretty much bounced off the walls in excitement – all day.

While decorating, inspiration struck, and I thought I would share a fast and fun project with you.  A garland made of little bits of fabric, and thread.

I made mine with Kona snow, but this would be such a fun project to raid the scrap bin for!  Imagine all the pretty little bits that you can’t part with.  I might still have to make a colorful version as well!

To begin, I cut 4 strips, at 1/2″, removed the selvages and cut 1/2″ squares.

Fabric confetti!  It doesn’t matter which side is up so don’t worry about keeping things orderly.

I loaded a bobbin with green, and found a nice bright red for the top.  I set my stitch length to the longest available, and then adjusted the tension before starting.

Then it’s just a matter of feeding them through the machine, and a helper is always welcome at my table!

I did pull the thread from the back after a few had gone under the needle.  My machine wanted to eat a few of the pieces, but keeping the threads taut, kept things moving.

After I finished with all the squares, I de-tangled, and wrapped the garland around a ruler.  Then took it to the window – I would also love to see these wrapped around the tree, or used as ribbon on packages.  Really there’s so many options, and the entire operation took about 30 minutes!  A great, fast handmade addition to our stockings and tree skirt.

Have you made any holiday decor recently?  I’d love to see!  Also, let me know if you make a garland!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a super fun post – be sure to come back!


By |2017-02-06T09:18:29-06:00December 5th, 2011|Celebrations, Tutorial|10 Comments


  1. Mary December 5, 2011 at 5:23 am - Reply

    I LOVE this project…what a fabulous idea! Thank you for sharing :)

  2. Suzanne December 5, 2011 at 6:12 am - Reply

    This is a lot better than popcorn garlands. :-)

  3. Katy December 5, 2011 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Cute idea!

  4. terriaw December 5, 2011 at 8:20 am - Reply

    cute project idea! I especially love the two different colored threads. I’ve been making mini quilts/mug rugs for holiday decorations and gifts lately. So fun to whip up some small projects.

  5. Candy from Candied Fabrics December 5, 2011 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Lovely idea Amy, and that last photo is beautiful! Great bokeh!

  6. Queenie December 5, 2011 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Very cute holiday garland.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  7. Maureen from Ventura December 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    What a great tutorial! The garland is very cute.

  8. vicki December 5, 2011 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    What a cute idea! Maybe we’ll make one here, too :)

  9. Habibti at Home December 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Oh my word I NEED to get decorating! Maybe tonight we will finally go get our tree…. Your house looks lovely!

  10. Auntie Pami December 7, 2011 at 8:02 am - Reply

    I love this! I will have to do this for my cubicle at work. If you use a straight stitch throatplate, you should not have issues with the fabric being sucked in.

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