Earlier this week I shared my DIY Christmas tree stand box and a sneak peek at this year’s Christmas tree. So I thought, since you’ve already seen the tree, why not show you how I made my super easy no sew fabric ribbon garland?!
I bought my fabric at Ikea while browsing for who-knows-what. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it at the time, but I loved it and had to have it. I only bought a yard of it since I didn’t know how I’d use it.
As I was sitting on the couch a couple nights later, staring at my bare tree, the thought came to me to make ribbon out of the fabric. Come to find out, it was super easy to make and I love that I got the exact look I wanted!
So, here’s how to make your own – if you can’t find that perfect ribbon, but can find the perfect fabric!
First, cut out your ribbon. My fabric is checked and I wanted it to be 4 checks wide. I cut an extra 1.5 checks on both sides, making it 7 checks wide. You can actually measure the width of yours if you’re not using a pattern with squares or stripes. My total width was probably about 6 inches wide.
Now it’s time to break out the iron. Admittedly, not one of my favorite household tools. But it works! So, now you fold one side of your fabric over and sew it flat. Mine was easy, being checked, but you may have to measure yours and make marks along the way – or pin it – to keep a straight line. Repeat this process for the other side.
Now it’s time for the no sew part! My favorite – since the sewing machine is my least favorite household tool! Grab your hot glue gun and run a bead of glue down about a 5-10 inch section at a time and press your flaps over.
Now you’ll want to connect your ribbons to make a long enough garland for your tree. I think I used 6 lengths of ribbon – about 25 feet total. I would suggest making yours longer if you want more ribbon on your tree. We have a 7.5 foot tree, but it’s quite skinny – and I feel like it could use more ribbon. So if you have a larger tree, for sure make more ribbon.
Anyway, first, you’ll fold over the end of one of your ribbons and glue it. Like this.
Then line up your pattern with your next length of ribbon and hot glue it down.
Pretty easy, huh?
And there you have it! Easy, no sew fabric ribbon perfect for your tree – or a cute bow for a Christmas wreath!
And here are a few more peeks at our tree. We went with a more rustic look this year. I’m really loving the cotton bolls I got! They’re so fun! Especially since we don’t have them here in Michigan!
Have you decorated your tree yet? What theme are you going with? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook here!