Sewing project – Garland made from fabric scraps


I’ve got a lot of fabric scraps. I save lots of little piece left over from a sewing project. On top of that, I bought a bag of various fabric scraps. Why? I don’t really know. I love to look at color combinations, and prints and designs on fabrics, even if they are on small pieces. They give me ideas about projects I’d like to work on or about what fabrics coordinate with others.

In this bag of scraps were some really bright and colorful, festive pieces. Pieces usually were around 4″ x 5″. In my Sewing Bits and Pieces book, I found a project on making a colorful garland for a festive occasion, such as a birthday. Since someone in our family will be turning 2 next month, I thought this would be a neat thing to do with my fabric scraps.


It wasn’t that much work, honestly. Even at 12 feet long. I did it all over the course of a week’s worth of  V’s naps and evenings. It was fun to map out and plan, and all of the sewing bits and pieces was nice too. Maybe because I was looking at different material every few minutes?



The flowers were a bit more tedious and I’m still not satisfied with them. There’s a gap where the material is supposed to meet and I’m not sure what I want to do about it:

  1. nothing
  2. hand sew them closed (too much work)
  3. hot glue together


I’ll see. IM’s reaction to seeing the garland was, “Hmmm. I’m not sure how useful this is. What is it again?” V’s response was better. Her words were “cute” and “pretty”. And she loved pointing out the different buttons. There you go! I feel justified.

I like it. It’s cheerful. I’m looking forward to hanging it up on special occasions.


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