DIY Fabric Chain- Holiday Garland | with Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics

DIY Fabric Chain- Holiday Garland | with Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics



hi I'm Jennifer from shabby fabrics and today I'm so excited to share with you how to make a fabric garland now just this last weekend I was decorating the Christmas tree with my family my daughter Hope had made a garland just like this out of construction paper craft scissors and glue we all did that as a kid and of course over the last eight years of putting it on off the tree and in and out of the ornament box it's become pretty tattered but when I saw that just a couple days ago I thought wouldn't that be so fun to make a fabric garland that was stiffened that would last year over a year and you could make it out of any fabric that you want of course paper only comes in a so many colors but fabric is truly unlimited my challenge was how do I stiffen the fabric and so I looked at what products are out in the market and I cannot wait to show you what this looks like it's adorable so let's put this inside this is a wonderful childhood memory from when we were little girls and now I have a big girl project that I want to share with you ok I found these fabrics they're the motor crazy for red I love country reds and tans and creams and this is a this is a collection that just came in and I was inspired to use that and make a garland and here is a small piece of the garland that I made is this just adorable and let me show you how to make it it is so so easy so we'll put that aside for now I cut a few pieces ahead of time now don't think you have to run out and buy brand new fabric this is a great project for your stash of scrap fabrics it doesn't have to be a coordinated group of fabrics like this you could just grab anything from your stash that inspires you and you could do this same technique so don't think you have to go do that but if you love a coordinated look we certainly have a beautiful selection of fabric all the time at shabby fabrics calm so let me show you how we get started we will take fabric and I just cut some smaller pieces you could definitely work with the fat quarters the product that I found that is going to be the best to get that the stiff the stiff and durable fabric bands that we want that will last year over a year what I found was Heaton bond ultra hold now Heaton bond makes three levels of products from the the fusible level there's the feather light which I don't recommend I tried that it was way too light it's great for for applique but for this it was definitely too light then there's the heat and bond light I tried that and I liked it and I tried the heat invite ultra hold and that was the best it gave me the stiffest fabric van so we'll be working with the ultra whole today and we also have that available on the website too so let's just get a couple pieces of fabric this is what the heat and found ultra hold looks like the instructions for using it are on here and it's very straightforward basically a medium iron that's really all that it comes down to so I cut some pieces ahead of time of the ultra hold and here's how it works of course you've got a buffing side and you've got the smooth side the bumpy side has the glue so that will be the side that will go in direct contact with the back of the fabric now if your fabric is a little bit wrinkly I do recommend that you go ahead and iron that ahead of time and let's do that right now so that it's completely smooth and ready to go okay that's pretty smooth now the other thing I wanted to mention about the heat and Ron is it 17 inches wide a fat quarter as 18 inches wide so this is a great project to use with fat quarters so if you have a nice stash of those and of course we always have oh my gosh we have so we have hundreds of different fat quarter sets that are already coordinated so because this is 17 inches wide and the fabric is eight heat it's almost it's a really ideal you can iron that down you have a little bit of margin on either side so this is a wonderful product to use with set quarters so I'm just gonna iron this down and I like to start in the middle and work my way out so I don't get any bubbles the instructions say to hold for about six seconds I just tend to move it around until I see it's down and there are no wrinkles anywhere we'll repeat this process with the next fabric now I'm just gonna back this with one of the other fabrics crazy for red you could back this with a muslin you could back this with the same fabric you can do anything that you want the one thing I did notice is when I backed a light fabric with a dark I did see the dark fabric coming through to the lighter side on the other side so I do recommend if you use a light fabric here use a light fabric on the back side if you're gonna use a dark fabric here use a dark fabric on that side so let's get our next fabric hope and again it looks like we need to iron out a few wrinkles there we go okay get our next piece going start the center and push our way out push this way smooth everything out perfect okay so what we need to do at this point let's put our pressing that off to the side and let's go ahead and trim our fabric I I cut the heat and bond to just about the same size let's go ahead and trim off the excess fabric all the way around and on our four side that the other thing that I noticed when I was making the garland is I had some fabric left over so I was gonna make the coordinated quilted the no-sew quilted Christmas ornaments which is a video that I have already recorded and is also on youtube so check that one out too so you can have a completely according to Christmas tree your garland will be you know a variety of really fun and beautiful fabrics and then you can save those scraps and make the no sew quilted ornaments you could do the fabric covered ornaments there's just a host things that you can do okay so now that those two are looks like they're about the same size great so at this point what we will do is remove the heat and bond and I like to if you dispo the edge over that paper will begin to release just peel it off you'll do the same just fold that edge over there are released and then we'll need to bring depressing that back and we will iron those two together okay this is so much fun and no two Garland's will ever be exactly alike especially if you use your scraps okay so you want to line them up so they're pretty good and you'll you're gonna notice there's a tackiness to that they want to they almost just want to beat together because of that glue that's on the back side so make sure there's nothing in between because any little threads or fuzz that is in between them will be there forever once you've ironed them together so make sure everything is good and smooth and then just like before we'll start in the middle and we'll iron our way out to the sides and you'll hear it do you hear that it's the glue actually gluing to each other now you want to make sure that pieces are one right on top of the other because you don't want any glue oozing out onto your iron if you're concerned about that you may want to cover this with a an inexpensive ironing cloth and that way just in case they aren't lined up exactly top to bottom if any glue does lose out it was out on the ironing cloth and not your nice iron of course if it does get on your iron there's plenty of iron cleaners out there I've used them before and they work great and you have your iron basically looks bad new once you clean them okay so now that we've done that we're ready to go to the next stage and see how this is now reversible so we're done with the iron so we'll turn that off and put that off to the side now when I was um figuring out how to put this together my first strips I just count with my rotary cutter but then I realized that fabric with a raw edge over time especially if it's being handled can fray so the best way to control the frame was with what's called a pinked edge it's that little zigzag edge and wouldn't you know that Olfa makes a pinked edge blade that goes right on your same rotary cutter so you can either buy a second rotary cutter and just leave that pink blade on there all the time or you could use this rotary cutter and simply switch out the blade when you're getting ready to do the next step plus the cute little pink edge not only does it reduce fraying but it's just adorable it has that sweet little scalloped look kind of a more victorian look that I like so we will now cut our strips now the width that you cut the strips to is one and a half inches and the length is seven but keep in mind let's say you have a little miniature Christmas tree that you wanted me to be decorating maybe in your craft or sewing room you can play with the width of these strips and the length so that it's the right scale for your Christmas tree for this particular garland I did cut my strips to one and a half inches wide by 7 inches long so let's show you how I did that so we'll line everything up and using this pinked blade is so much fun it's something I have really never done before I have not had really a reason to use a pinked edge until now you use it just like you would any other rotary blade so now we'll measure one and a half inches and we'll do a couple more strips okay you can see I was cutting a lot of a lot of Garland over the weekend I use that blade quite hard it's already getting just a little bit on the dull side because I used it okay several hundred times this weekend making those garland strips so let's cut that edge and I mentioned seven inches so let's cut seven there's a couple and we'll do it again so this is what the strips look like there now we're basically reversible so as you're making your garland you can decide well I like I like this fabric this time and then maybe you like that that fabric the next time so let's show you how to do the next step I chose to use a glue gun instead of like the Elmer's glue that we use when we were kids just because it's a more immediate result and the Elmer's glue did not work very well with the fabric whereas the glue gun was it just worked fabulous so I cut some other colors ahead of time so that you'd have a variety to see how you can either completely go random with the patterning or if you like the look that I created here what I did you basically see a pattern developing on the side and then there's a pattern on the top as well I like the candy cane look so I wanted to see red tan red cream red tan red cream I liked the sequence of that the rhythm of that and that way too you would see red white red white red white on the side if you like that patterning you'll go red red white white red red white white and that will create that sequence or again just go completely random it's whatever makes you happy there is no right or wrong way to do this so just starting with any fabric we'll just put a little bead of glue hot glue right along the edge and you want to work quickly because the glue does tend to dry very quickly and I'm going to continue with the red red white white sequins so my next fabric would be here I will fold that over put a little bit of my glue and now I will go to I like this one let's do that color so I did the red red now I'm gonna go white white and obviously white white is just more of an expression this isn't white it's a cream and that's it can but that's what I'm referring to and then I'll do another one see how quickly this goes once you prepare the strips it just flies this goes super fast the other thing too while I'm a planning to put my garland on my Christmas tree it looks really adorable on a mantel and of course you could do something just like this and non Christmas colors any time of the year for say a birthday celebration or any celebration it's just so cute and so fun and so easy so there you have it that's how quick easy and fun it is to make the fabric garland you know we have lots of fun tutorials on Chevy fabrics and I'm always trying to think of new ways to use fabric so I hope you will subscribe so 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19 thoughts on “DIY Fabric Chain- Holiday Garland | with Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics

  1. Nice! I like your fabric garland! Just a note on the paper garlands, though. I made one with narrower width and shorter length strips out of Christmas wrapping paper of various colors just for fun one year. I put it on a ficus tree I had. It was lightweight so it didn't harm the tree. Later, for storage, I gave it its own box to prevent crushing of the loops. This year, I draped it on the mantle, and I love the simplicity of it and the cheerful colors from the wrapping paper. I love DIY Christmas projects! I might try your (from your other video) Mod Podging the fabric on the clear ornament also with added glitter. I always seem to have scraps of fabric! Thank you!

  2. Hi Jennifer, I made this and it's so beautiful on our tree! I did it just a bit differently. I cut the pieces in half and I love the way they turned out. Everyone is complimenting me this year on the new look for our tree. Thanks so much!

  3. How great!! My idea while watching this is to make reversible placemats and matching or co-ordinating napkin rings. I was gifted the Olfa cutter and pinking blade. Time to put them to use. 🙂

  4. is the second piece of heat n bond necessary?  couldn't you put heat n bond on one piece of fabric, trim,  peel the backing, then adhere the backing fabric?  or do you need the two layers of heat n bond for stiffness?

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