Wasn’t Darby wonderful on Day 1? Why did it take me so long to find her? Have y’all been holding out on me?
I’m thrilled to share my ragamuffin garland over here at Edie’s blog. If I could pick 5 bloggers and visit their homes to get inspired, Edie would be one of them! I first published this tutorial in May 2008 at Blissfully Domestic and then I republished it on at Nesting Place in November, 2008. It remains one of the most popular posts. The beauty of the garland is that any fool can do this!
To make a plush, fat, beautiful full garland all you need is fabric, ribbon, ring clips and time–lots and lots of time.
Here’s the finished product it is captivating, fluffy and adorable.
I make my garland with long strips of ribbon, fabric, fringe and anything else I can get my hands on. I never measure but here is a close up of a few strips so you get the idea of how long. I would err on cutting your fabric too long. That is if you had to err.
You want to have one base ribbon that is the one you tie everything else to. I used a long pink one here and I usually make it about as long as my arm. You can make them as long or short as you want.
And you tie the strips on. And you tie the strips on. And you tie them on. You keep doing it until you want to curse me and anyone who you are making this for and then you look at it and you are almost half way done. And you keep doing it. Your kids can help too. You cannot tie wrong.
For my boy’s garland, I used some old shirts from my husband’s teaching days. Look, there’s a cuff. I also cut up some sweet little jeans they all wore and a blanket and even one of their little shirts. I even had extra fabric left over from a window mistreatment that I threw in there.
It’s like making a big soup. You just keep adding all sorts of stuff until it magically looks right. You are thinking that I don’t
really make soup and you are right.
As you are tying and tying and cutting more stuff because you didn’t dream it would take so much fabric, just remember how adorable this is gonna look. You really want to pack the fabric and ribbon in. That’s how it looks so fab. Do not skimp on this, you will just be wasting your time.
Once you get to the very end, you tie the ribbon that is the base onto the ring of a ring clip. Do the same for the other end. I actually do this first so I can see where my start and stop are easily.
I like to add clips or clothespins in every 6 or 8 inches so you can hang stuff in the garland. You can hang photos or baby shoes or grocery lists or Christmas cards or ticket stubs…
Look how cute this one is in my old kitchen. And yes, those are napkins used for window mistreatments. I’m so glad you noticed!
I hope you have fun with this project! It’s like a quilt only easier and you don’t have to sew and you can’t cover up with it.
This garland would be adorable hung over a changing table, window or bed. Make a Chirstmasy one and hang your cards on it. Use your babies old clothes and hang it in the playroom.
This is the perfect time of year to make a garland for someone. Need more inspiration? Google “Ragamuffin Garland” and get inspired by what others have made as well!
Here are a few other ideas of what you can do with some ragamuffin scraps!
Lanie's Life says
I love the nester!!! I think I might make these for gifts for my family this year…….better get to the fabric store!!!! Thanks for sharing!
Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster says
How easy and yet so sweet. I like it on the mantle.
aren't these beautiful!!! I keep saying I am going to make some, hasn't happened yet, but I will…just wait and see
Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage says
Oh, I love my sweet Nester buddy! I made my first raggamuffin garland for fall this year, and I'll be doing another one for Christmas. Just be sure to allow a few days if you want a long one. It took me about 6 hours to do one that was about 4 ft. long. But, she's right (she's always right), the more you pack on it, the prettier it becomes!
Melissa Stover says
those are so cute. a great project the kids can help with.
A no-sewing required project- sounds perfect for me!
Tho, I can see this going the way of my worm compost. Stay with me here. I love that we can compost all our fruit and veggie scraps but occasionally I do sneak and buy a big bag of spinach just to feed the worms. The boyfriend just rolls his eyes.
I can see myself becoming a fabric hoarder just to have enough cute strips for garlands. Yesterday I was sizing up a lady at the grocery store and thinking her sweater would make perfect sweater stockings. This cannot be a good sign.
Get Your Martha On says
Would I look stupid if I wore one of these around my neck? Just askin' …
Hi Edie! Hi Nester! Love, Love the Ragamuffin Garlands…now, you've got me thinking about where else I can put them….hmmmn
Cute! I may yet empty out my scrap bag!
Oh my goodness, I am totally making some of these!!! Perfect and pretty inexpensive to beautify your home for the holidays! Thanks for the great idea!!
SmallWorld at Home says
So incredibly cute!!
Its So Very Cheri says
So adorable. I just discovered your blog, clicked to follow, hope you'll come for a visit–I have a fun DIY tassel tutorial yesterday, 2 fun parties a week and a home tour every Friday.
I look forward to getting to know you better.
I love crafts that fools can do. I am not nimble!
I love your blog, too. It feeds me.
I love the nester and her blog. Always such great ideas. I think I am going to make some of these great swags and put them on my large windows in the living room. Time to hunt for some fabric scraps.
I'm not sure I know anyone who would like these great garlands as a gift. I need to find some friends who love what I love then I can give these great gifts.
This is wonderful. I came to your blog yesterday from Darby's blog and I will certainly be making this.
Thank you so much Edie.
Love this idea… as my scraps are running over!!!!
Ok….wow is all I can say! So very gorgeous but simple enough for untalented hands!!!
so cute! i think i'll make a long one with shorter scraps so that i can use it as garland on my christmas tree!
Ok I can't sew "a lick" but wow!!! I could even make these beauties.
Michelle F says
I LOVE the garland. I started right away asking anyone I know for scrap fabric. My goal is to make on w/ Christmas colors for my kitchen window. Thank you for all you do, I'm inspired each time I read your blog.
Gwynie Pie says
OMGoodness these are deeeelicious!
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