No Sew Stash Buster: Lighted Fabric Garland Tutorial

I saw a lighted garland here at ADD Housewife  a few weeks ago and thought it would be a perfect way to further decrease my overwhelming stack of fabric for repurposing. After Eli left for preschool I quickly gathered my supplies.


An old sheet – There are a few pieces of shirting fabric left over from long ago quilt projects and as I worked I included a couple of contrasting fabrics as well.

A strand of lights – I later added a second alongside to make it extra bright and colorful. My stands were 100 light strands as I wanted to hang this around the patio doors If you are making this for a mantle go with a 50 light strand or fold your 100 light strand in half.

A method for cutting– I wanted to use pinking shears but couldn’t find them (grrr!) but was so glad later when I saw how much cutting was actually involved to be using a matt and rotary cutter)

Step 1

Cut strips of cloth. Since I didn’t have the pinking shears and didn’t want tons of shedding I cut my cloth on the bias. Actually I was too lazy to find the actual bias, I cut  it in a generally diagonal fashion. It worked. I cut most of the strips 2″ wide and of varying lengths from 5-10″ long. I didn’t measure the lengths… just eyeballed and hacked. I later cut other fabric 1″ in width to fill in bits of wire along the length with the thinner pieces as needed. I also chose to add some other fabrics of contrast as I got going. The darker of these I also cut to 1″ width.

Step 2

Fold a strip of cloth in half, bring it around the wire and pull the tails through the loop. I worked along the length of wire by putting the fabric on, jumping ahead a few inches before adding more and then doing the same thing back and forth again down the wire. This way I could better gauge where I wanted to put thicker verses thinner strips and longer verses shorter. I was also able to work in my accent fabrics a little more regularly than if I had just started at one end and worked all the way to the other.

Step 3

Excuse the off center photo. Our tree’s lights at the very top decided not to light this year and we are only midway through rectifying the situation. I didn’t really want to showcase our tree in it’s current state on the blog.

When the garland is as full as you want it to be hang ‘er up. Yeah, three steps. It really is that easy.

I may go back in later and further cover up the bits of wire that still show. Once you step back it’s not so noticeable though and I was out of fabric from that particular sheet. The jury is still out as to whether the strips of darker fabric will remain or not.

Now you can really vary your look for these garlands through fabric choice, light color choice, using uniform length strips verses untidy multi length strips. ADD Housewife mentions on her blog that she has made many of these corresponding to different holidays…  because of course, garlands aren’t just for Christmas anymore!

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  1. November 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I love it!!! 🙂

  2. thegrantlife said,

    November 28, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    This is super cute Karen! I really love the no sew part ;D

  3. katesurfs said,

    November 29, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Tis beauteous 🙂

  4. Nina said,

    November 29, 2012 at 9:44 am

    That’s very unique Karen!

  5. November 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    so simple and so shabby chic. love it!

  6. ReStitch Me said,

    November 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    This is awesome! I’ve been needing something Christmas-y on the top of my hutch, but it needed to NOT be expensive. This is it! Thank-you Karen!!

  7. Kim Gillian said,

    November 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Wow! What a great idea, I may do one with tulle!! I Love Yours!

  8. November 30, 2012 at 2:23 am

    This is so pretty. I love it. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party and would love to have you share this with everyone. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  9. November 30, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I love this! thanks for an inspiring idea to use some of my fabric stash!

  10. November 30, 2012 at 6:35 am

    I always love a lighted garland. This is a nice new take on it!

  11. Maysem said,

    December 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I love this idea!! I had seen it on another blog and pinned it. It adds such a pretty and festive touch to the lights!

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