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How To Make Your Own Upcycled Swag

Updated: Jun 22, 2021

We're super excited to show you how to repurpose your leftover fabric scraps into a super cute, shabby-chic garland. It's a fantastic way to add a pop of color and texture to a room...and put those scraps to good use.

Here's what you'll need:

  • One piece of ribbon cut to 3'-4' (yarn, rope, or string can be substituted)

  • Fabric scissors or rotary cutter

  • Leftover fabric scraps in colors & patterns that make you smile

Step 1 - Cut your fabric into strips. Grab some sharp scissors and cut strips ½ - 1" wide and 15-20" long. The edges may fray a bit, but that adds character. Varying the width can add interest and texture. Try and keep the length consistent though.

For 3' garland, shoot for around 40-45 strips.

Rule of thumb: You'll need 12-14 strips for every 10″ of completed garland.

Step 2 - Set up your workspace. Lay your ribbon on a flat surface and collect your fabric strips.

Step 3 - Start tying. Take a fabric strip and loosely tie it in a knot around the ribbon, letting both sides hang down. Keeping the knot loose makes sliding the strip to adjust the spacing easier.

Step 4 - Keep on tying. Add more scraps of fabric in a pattern that makes you smile 😊

Step 5 - Adjust and arrange. Once you’ve added all the strips you want and have adjusted the spacing, then you can go back through and pull the knots tightly to secure them if needed.

Step 6 - That's it! Hang your swag creation wherever you would like!!!


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