DIY Wedding Ideas: Torn Fabric Garland

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I’ve been on a bit of vintage fabric buying bender the past year, and I’m always looking for DIY wedding ideas to put my stash to good use. I stumbled on a few of torn fabric garlands on Etsy and fell in love. They are easy to make – but time-consuming. If you are making uber-long ones to hang at a barn wedding, my advice is to gather your maids and get all hands on deck, er, rope and work on it together. It’s pretty mindless work (you can chit-chat while you are doing it), so it would actually be a fun project to share with your maids over margaritas. Instead of a ‘Stitch and Bitch’ you could call it a ‘Tie One On” party:)

You will need:

  • rope in desired thickness (I used 1cm thick rope)
  • fabric
  • scissors

Gather your vintage fabric and make cuts at the edge it about 2 inches apart. I like the rustic chic look, so my scraps are not all the same width or length.

rag garland Rip fabric. Most of my pieces were about 20 inches long.

ribbon garland

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Until you have a nice pile of scraps. (It took approximately 30 scraps of fabric per foot to make my garland.)

fabric scraps vintage Grab one of the scraps and tie it onto the rope at the midpoint of the fabric. Make sure you don’t start too close to the end of the rope if you will be tying the rope to something.

fabric garland Repeat with another piece of fabric. Continue until your garland is the desired length.

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Voila! A gorgeous torn fabric garland for your wedding!

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  1. Posted by Jeannie on May 14th, 2012 at 11:26pm

    Thanks for sharing! I had no clue on how to do your step by step directions!!
  2. Posted by Christina on May 15th, 2012 at 10:32am

    Thanks Jeannie. It's a breeze!
  3. Posted by Sarah on June 17th, 2012 at 2:58pm

    How many yards of fabric do you think you used on this garland? Thanks!
  4. Posted by Christina on June 17th, 2012 at 10:24pm

    I have no idea Sarah.
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