Step-by-step direction to make two very simple DIY no sew Christmas garlands. Both are budget-friendly and fun craft projects to do for the holidays!
I have great news…no sewing skills are required to make these two no sew Christmas garland projects because they are completely no sew, and easy as can be! First up is a grain sack garland made from an antique grain sack, but you can use any fabric you have on hand. Burlap, drop cloth, felt, fat quarters. If you don’t have any fabric, you can use scrapbook paper or book pages. Seriously…anything at all will work.
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Grain Sack Garland Supplies Needed
- Grain sack or fabric of your choice
- One piece of 8.5 x 11 inch cardstock or paper
- Pencil for tracing
- Fabric glue
Making The Pattern
- Fold a piece of cardstock in half, and cut along the fold line. You will have two pieces that measure 4.25 x 5.5 inches.
- Fold one half-sheet in half.
- Then fold that in half again. You should have a little folded up piece of paper.
- Cut the corner off at an angle.
- Unfold it and you will actually have two templates.
- Cut them apart and you are ready to trace.
- Since I used a grain sack, I wanted the stripe to run along the middle of each garland piece. So I lined up the template along the stripe. (Pictured above.) If you are using burlap or some other fabric with no pattern, just randomly trace your template onto the fabric.
- Decide how long you want your garland, and then figure out how many pieces you need. Trace and cut out the pieces, making sure to cut inside the trace line. (I only had a small piece of this grain sack, so my garland had just 7 sections.)
- Press the straight end of each piece over about 1/2 inch. Lay the pieces out on a flat surface, and run a piece of twine under the fold of each section.
- Glue the folds down making sure not to glue the twine. I used hot glue, but you could also use any kind of fabric glue.
- Since my garland was a little short to wrap around the tabletop tree, I cut the twine, and made 2 banners. It was easy to just criss-cross them on the front of my tree.
- TIP: if your fabric is flimsy, or could fray, cover the wrong side of your fabric with Wonder Under. Do this before you trace and cut out.
DIY Christmas Mitten Garland
I am almost embarrassed to include this mitten garland as a tutorial, because there really isn’t much to it! I simply hung mittens on a piece of twine with clothespins. I added fresh pine to the opening of each mitten, and tied on a couple of pinecones with ribbon. That’s it!
I ordered the mittens from an Etsy shop called The Knitty Gritty Shop, and they are so cute. You can make this garland with mittens you already have, or get some at any discount store. I even recently saw mittens at Kroger. I think it would be so meaningful to use mittens that belonged to your children or grandchildren. My kids probably had 25 pairs of mittens between them as they were growing up, and I didn’t save one single pair. Keep that in mind the next time you clean out your coat closet! You can also make this garland with socks, gloves, or small stockings.