Box Pleat Scrap Fabric Garland

January 24, 2017



how to make a scrap fabric garland for valentine's day

It's no secret that I'm kind of banner junkie. I think that they are super charming and an easy way to decorate for a season or holiday without spending a lot of time or money. They generally store flat and can be made out of anything you have laying around the house - the more whimsical, the better. Exhibit A, today's banner, a box pleat scrap fabric garland that I whipped up after I was inspired by a dream.

Yup. A dream. 

Weird right?

I know. I'm not usually that girl. Things don't generally come to me in dreams. Well, there was this one time...but that's a story for another day.

Back to the garland. 

I knew that I wanted to add a garland to my kitchen hood for Valentine's Day. I had done the puzzle thing and the note card thing and the gift tag thing, too. I needed a new idea.

But I was stuck. I had thought about doing something with fabric scraps, but I was looking for more than just fabric hearts. 

Too conventional. 

So right before I went to bed, I started thinking about all the fabric scraps I had stashed in my craft closet and all the sewing projects I have done and I must have fallen asleep thinking about my bathroom box pleat valance. When I woke up, I knew exactly what I was going to make. 

Magic. 

Or pepperoni pizza and garlic knots. 

Hmmm.

How to make a scrap fabric box pleat garland

Ok, so here's how I made my box pleat garland. Just like my box pleat valance, it is really more about the folding/ pleating than it is about the sewing

AND...if you don't sew, no worries, we can work around it. 

I chose my fabric and then cut it into strips that were about 4 inches thick. I did not measure the length, because my pieces were short to begin with. I had to join them in order to get the full length that I needed. 

I began by folding my fabric to make box pleats like the one pictured below. For a full tutorial you can check out my box pleat valance post

To hold the pleats in place (don't laugh- I'm a total cheater) I stapled them with a regular desk stapler. 

How To Fold  A Box Pleat

You can see the staples clearly in the photo below. I used them as a guide and I stitched right over them. When I was all done sewing, I just removed them. 

How To sew a box pleat

Now, if you are a more proficient seamstress than I, you can do it the "right" way and pin the pleats in place.

Like I did when I ran out of staples. 

So much for cheating.

Ah, the irony.

How To Make a box pleat ruffle, curtain or garland

Let's go back to those staples for a minute, shall we? 

That's the no sew trick. If I didn't want to stitch over them, there really wasn't any need. I could've left the garland just like that. They didn't show and they held the pleats in place. I also could've used fusible web tape to create them, like I did when I made my kitchen chair

Fabric glue or the glue gun would also work. See, no sewing required. 

When I was done, I cut two hearts out of a coordinating scrap, stitched (or glue) them on to the garland and hung it up.

Fabulous. 


Totally charming.

Completely unexpected.

And altogether dreamy.

How do you come up with your creations? Need some inspiration? Check out the Valentine Ideas at All Free Holiday Crafts for tons of Valentine craft ideas. 
  




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58 comments:

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    1. Thank you, Nancy!! Apparently, I dream in color! ;)

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  2. Totally Charming and beautiful. LOL I love that this came to you in a dream. Very creative and oh so pretty.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thank you, Kris! I really like this one. At first I thought it might just look like an awkward ruffle hanging there, but I fall deeper in love with it the more I stare…

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  3. Very cute, Mrs. Creativity! I still have yet to EVER make a banner. Speaking of dreams, while the maintenance guy was over here, he said someone told him we work out everything in dreams.
    Brenda

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    1. Thanks Brenda! And really?? Oh boy, then I need to get to sleep and stay asleep for a good long time! ;)

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  4. Cute, cute, cute! You are the banner queen. :)

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    1. Why thank you, Stacey!! When the house is finished, I’d love to send you one. :)

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  5. Love it! Anything to use up fabric scraps is a winner in my book. My ideas usually come when I'm in bed. I often wake up in the middle of the night and need a bathroom break or a drink of water. Going back to sleep can be a problem, and that's when inspiration usually strikes. xo

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    1. Those midnight wake ups get me too, Nancy! It sounds like you put them to good use. You have been very creative lately. I have a good book, thanks to a good friend, and so lately I have been rereading pages during those times. :) xoxo Hugs to you my friend.

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  6. I often wake up in the morning with a solution to whatever I needed to solve the night before, but not sure I dreamt about it! How perfect to put it together from your dream! Pretty!!

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    1. They do that say that everything looks better in the morning! :)

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  7. Cute, cute, cute! And as someone who sews, I can attest to the use of staples. Btdt.

    My mind is always racing...even when I'm dreaming, but I get my ideas on Pinterest. Talk about a cheater lol.

    xxx

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    1. Pinterest is a great place for inspiration, Doreen! I cheat there often, too. ;)

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  8. Well, aren't you a clever girl, Kim? That turned out really cute. Love the stapling idea. I have always pinned in place...can't tell you the number of needles I have broken over the years hitting a pin that I 'missed'. lol Love the box garland! xo Diana

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    1. When I was little, Diana, I had a “make your own Barbie clothes” kit. It contained fabric, patterns and a small stapler! Ha! Apparently, my first “sewing” lessons have stuck with me! ;)

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  9. I envy you and your creativity and your scrap pile, Kim. If I had a scrap pile it would be proof positive I was creative. So I'm pile~less. I do have you for inspiration. I'll try to remember my dreams as well!

    Jane x

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    1. Thank you so much, and you are super creative, Jane! I cannot cook like you can and I would love to possess some of that kind of creativity! :)

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  10. Hi,
    I love banners. You do have a gift with fun ideas. I always appreciate that you share your talent.

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    1. Thanks Carla! Your sweet words just make my day! :)

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  11. Totally great idea and I loved the staple tip! I'm going to do that next time I pleat something. Pinned onto my Crafts to Make and DIY Projects boards. Thank you!
    Barb :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Barbara! I love getting pinned...and glad that you love the staples! ;)

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  12. Yup, staples. I definitely would have gone that route myself. ;) Your banner is too cute!

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    1. Thanks Kristi...and here's to no sew projects and staples! ;)

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  13. wow Kim between the pepperoni pizza and magic what a great idea you woke up with and it looks just stunning! :)

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    1. Thanks Deb! If I were truly creative, I could whip up a fabulous quilt with all those scraps like you do, but I think it'd take a lot more than pepperoni pizza for that! ;)

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  14. What an amazing idea! It looks sooo pretty. And this is why I always keep my fabric scraps. :)Have a wonderful day! xxx Maria

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    1. Thank you, Maria Elena. I love being able to use those scraps up! Sometimes the scrap projects are more fun than the original use... ;)

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  15. Very charming - I want to make a garland for the den's fireplace this week. I think it adds a little whimsy and pretty to a room we use often so why not?

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    1. I totally agree!! I add them in the kitchen often. They just add a little something fun to the atmosphere.

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  16. Sorry Kim, but I did laugh cause it sounds like something I would do too! It turned out great...LOVE IT!

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    1. Thanks Karen! I'm glad to know that I'm in good creative company! And laughing is always welcome!! ;)

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  17. Dream On, Sister! You have given us so many pretty ideas and if that is what it takes, dream on!!!. Love it. Really charming and different..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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    1. Thanks so much, Judy!! It is different and I wasn't sure it would look right as a banner, but now I am in love. I am glad you like it too...so easy to make. :)

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  18. Kim,
    It is what it is...and that's amazing.
    Love how you make something adorable from something unremarkable.
    And the staples...genius!

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie!! So many kind words. What a way to make my day! :)

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  19. You are so talented with the sewing machine,the garland is perfection.
    Thanks

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    1. Thank you, Maria! I get along with the sewing machine in small doses. Sometimes, it doesn't like me!! ;)

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  20. This is so adorable and I love the pot holder as well.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! I’m glad you like this one…wasn’t sure about the concept at first, but it worked out well!

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  21. Cuteness plus! You have just the right way with fabric and sewing and no patterns!
    Love how you do that...
    Happy Thursday!
    Jemma

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    1. Cuteness plus?? I love that saying!! Thanks you Jemma...and no patterns for me. I'm better without.

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  22. Kim that was a very creative way to make a banner. So professional looking yet whimsical at the same time. Love that you put the harts to the side.

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    1. Thanks Mary! I love the banners, so I guess the ideas come easily... ;)

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  23. I love it! I always see pretty fabric, but never know what to do with it because I can't sew. This gives me some good ideas. The next time I see cute fabric, I just might get it. :) Oh, and I'm a staple girl too. And scotch tape. And hot glue. Whatever works, right? ;)

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    1. Exactly Lisa…whatever works! In some of my publication bios, I have a line that says, “just don’t look too close!” when referring to my sewing skills. ;)

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  24. Staples! I would never have thought of using them, but you are right, they hold great, and if they our banner is darling, just the perfect touch for Valentine's Day! I've been looking around my home trying to see if there is a place I could hang a banner, and so far I have not found one. I'll keep thinking about it, or maybe dreaming, like you! I do agree that inspiration comes to us in such unexpected moments! :)

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    1. Inspiration does come at unexpected moments, keep looking! I bet a chicken one would look super cute in your home or shed! You know how I love your girls! ;)

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  25. I think this is too cute! I would have had to go with the glue since I don't have a machine...Cheating all the way...LOL I just love the red. Love and hugs!

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    1. Glue works just as well, Benita and like I said, staples are girl’s best friend, too!! ;)

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  26. Very pretty! I am trying to come up with a banner idea for a baby's room (for a gift) and so far no ideas. You are talented and a great inspiration.

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    1. Oh, a baby's room banner?? That sounds like a lot of fun!! You're so creative, I know you'll come up with something super sweet, but if you need an ear to bounce an idea off of, just let me know! :)

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  27. Love the banner and thank you for visiting with me . Made my day . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

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    1. Thanks Cindy! It was a pleasure to visit. I don’t always get the time to comment, but I do enjoy reading your blog! :)

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  28. Dear Kim ... So cute, such charm and a lot of homespun. I love it. Blessings & Hugs ♥ Teri

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    1. Thanks Teri! So many kind words, I am smiling ear to ear! :)

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  29. Hi Kim, oooh I love that pretty garland you made. You are so talented with sewing. The garland looks so nice in your kitchen! It's perfect for these dreary months of winter.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Julie

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    1. Thanks Julie…I really do enjoy sewing. Now if I could just learn how to crochet! ;)

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