I did it! I finally found a moment to make the fabric garland featured in the Ruffled DIY contest. I love it. I made it to hang in the front windows of our apartment and it’s looking awfully festive in here. Too bad the pictures don’t look very festive – it’s pretty gloomy outside today:
The pictures do not do this any justice at all – it looks like Dullsville. But trust me, in person it’s rad. I love a lot of things about this project: a) It’s fast. The entire project took me around an hour and that’s only because my sewing machine was being an a$$hole. b) It’s cheap. I used white muslin and white grossgrain ribbon and the final cost was $6.50. c) It’s entirely reusable and really easy to store. I can pull this puppy out for any occasion – instant celebration. d) It’s cute. ‘Nuff said.
The instructions can be found here. I made a couple of changes for my garland – instead of making separate 6′ strands, I made one continuous 18′ garland. To do that, simply cut a 2″ piece of ribbon and insert it where the 6′ pieces of muslin meet – then sew right over it as you do the entire length. I also used longer pieces of ribbon at the ends so I’d have floppier bows.
By the way, you can also buy ready-made garland from the designer here along with lots of other cute party ideas. I normally don’t decorate for the holidays this early, but that garland is so dang adorable that it has totally gotten me into the spirit. Stay tuned for more DIY decorations!