Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day 21 Rag Garland Tutorial

I have had a wonderful fellow blogger request for a rag garland tutorial.  The picture above is a rag garland on a strand of lights.  To make the lighted rag garlands I use a 20 light strand or sometimes 35.  But today, I am showing you a beaded rag garland tutorial. 

I start by using 6 different fabrics. Usually 3 different colors.  2 Reds. 2 Greens. 2 Blues.  Tear fabric into 1.5" -2" strips.   Rip and cut off all the stray and fray edges and ends.

Take a set of read beads, you can usually find these beads at walmart at Christmas time.  Cut the set of beads in half.  Then cut a piece of jute.  I usually make my piece of jute a little too long, but I hold the jute in one hand and stretch it out to my other hand, twice.  So I'd say about 5 ft to 5.5 ft long. 

Tie a knot with a loop at the end of one side of the jute.  String on all of the red beads.  Do NOT tie off the other end of the jute. 

Start by tieing a piece of fabric onto the jute with the beads.  I place a bead - fabric - bead - fabric - bead - fabric etc.  And when you get to the end of the the beads and fabric, tie a knot with a loop at the end.  Make sure again to cut off all frays in the fabric.   

And you are done. I hope this tutorial was easy enough for you ladies to follow!

Today is the last day to sign up for my giveaways! Remember this is my last one for Christmas in July.  The giveaway ends tonight and I will announce the winner tommorow afternoon.  One winner will recieve this Santa Bucket with tarts and room sprays and the other winner will recieve this bear on his box!


The English Romantic said...

What a great idea, thanks for the tutorial it's definitely one to try.

Prim In The Country said...

I've loved you and your Mom's Christmas in July! I couldn't wait to see what you posted everyday. It was a great motivation, I've stocked up on my material and supplies, and I'm ready to go. I have a few things to finish up for fall, but at night, I've been propped up in bed stitching Christmas ornaments. Thanks for doing this, I love everything you do!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

I enjoyed your christmas in July. Thank You for your Free patterns, tips, ideas, tutorials and Giveaways. I purchased a few of your patterns and can't wait to get started. Thanks again.

jennifer768 said...

Yipee! Thank you so much Samantha! I sent you an email.I would like to thank you for hosting such a fun giveaway,all the tutorials and the free patterns! It has been awesome and just so much fun.Have a great weekend!Jen