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{DIY fabric garland}

Here in Germany, if you live in an apartment and don't have a backyard, it is fairly common to lease a little lot of land with a itty bitty (about 300 sq. ft.) house on it. I believe in English it's called an allotment garden. It's an inexpensive way to have your own little piece of land to grow vegetables, flowers and just hang out and relax during the summer.
That is exactly what my favorite aunt just did a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures yet, but I did make her a little house warming gift (during a mother-daughter craft date). A fabric garland with blessings for her and her new "home".

What you'll need:

  • an old white sheet
  • letter & design stamps
  • fabric ink pads
  • sewing machine
  • safety pin

How to:

  1. Tear the sheet into pieces - ours measure about 6" x 12" (15 x 30 cm) & 3" x 12" (7,5 x 30 cm)
  2. Tear one long strip to use as a string for the garland.
  3. Stamp your design on the fabric pieces - we used words like happiness, love, health, passion, . .
  4. Iron over the design to set the ink.
  5. Fold the top of the fabric pieces down about 1/2" and sew a straight line.
  6. Pin a safety pin to one side of the fabric string and thread through the fabric pieces.
  7. Adjust, hang up & enjoy! ;)

I'm partying here! ♥

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39 Kommentare

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    Mary @ Ms Redo
    Dienstag, der 12. Juni 2012 at 15:46

    Love this idea – I just discovered stamping fabric (and am so excited about the possiblities) but didn’t realize there is a special fabric stamp ink, will look for that today at Michael’s. This reminded me that I want to make a 4th of July banner. Thanks for sharing the beauty! Hugs ~ Mary

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    Jennifer @ Town and Country Living
    Dienstag, der 12. Juni 2012 at 15:51

    What a cute little banner and a great housewarming gift for your aunt!

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    Erika
    Dienstag, der 12. Juni 2012 at 16:14

    This idea is very cute, easy and still very classy, it looks wonderful in the living room and is a different idea for garlands, normally everybody makes them triangular, but yours is squared so very innovative, and I love it. Thank you for sharing.

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    Johnnie
    Dienstag, der 12. Juni 2012 at 16:21

    I absolutely love this, Vanessa. So sweet!

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    Roanna
    Dienstag, der 12. Juni 2012 at 16:45

    I love this! it’s a nice way to recycle an old sheet and decorate the home!

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    Ashley @ The Latest Find
    Dienstag, der 12. Juni 2012 at 18:41

    This is so pretty, I love it! I’m going to talk about it on my site in about 1 and a half hours! =) Hope you’re having a great week, and thanks so much for sharing this tutorial.!
    http://www.TheLatestFind.com

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Donnerstag, der 14. Juni 2012 at 19:34

      Oh, thank you so much for featuring this on your blog, Ashley! :)
      Thank you for your kind words!
      I hope you’re having a wonderful week as well!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Kaitlyn
    Dienstag, der 12. Juni 2012 at 19:55

    Found you from the link up and I love this!! It’s so original and cute! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Nana Diana
    Mittwoch, der 13. Juni 2012 at 05:39

    That is a really, really cute idea..and a great tutorial. Thanks – xo Diana

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    Gwen
    Mittwoch, der 13. Juni 2012 at 14:36

    So cute, Vanessa! Now I need two old sheets…

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    katie
    Mittwoch, der 13. Juni 2012 at 16:42

    LOVE this super simple banner!

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    Pizimac
    Mittwoch, der 13. Juni 2012 at 21:54

    this is a great idea for someone who is renting for a short period of time and still would like to put something on their walls. Thank you for sharing!

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    julie
    Donnerstag, der 14. Juni 2012 at 08:08

    Oh my gags that is very pretty and I love making garlands, I haven’t tried fabric but I do do paper and felt. Thanks for shareing, God bless you and yours.enjoy your garden :)

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    Lisa
    Donnerstag, der 14. Juni 2012 at 08:32

    You always make the cutest things! This banner is so simple and sweet!

    xo-Lisa

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    Jessi
    Donnerstag, der 14. Juni 2012 at 18:56

    I love it! It’s so cute! Thanks for linking up to The Fun In Functional!

    Also, I was stopping by to let you know I nominated you for the Sunshine Award on my blog today! I really adore your blog; you’re so creative and I’m always inspired, so I think you deserve it! http://practicallyfunctional.net/2012/06/stylelist-feature-and-sunshine-award/

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    Christine
    Freitag, der 15. Juni 2012 at 21:06

    This is really pretty Vanessa!!! Goodness I wish I had stamps like that!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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    Eva Scott
    Freitag, der 15. Juni 2012 at 21:42

    What a sweet & simple garland. Really like it a lot!

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    Debra Kapellakis
    Sonntag, der 17. Juni 2012 at 16:29

    That is pretty!

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    Tanya
    Sonntag, der 17. Juni 2012 at 19:22

    I love your fabric bunting, so pretty! Thank you for hosting too :)

    Hugs, Tanya

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    Seaweed & Raine
    Mittwoch, der 20. Juni 2012 at 13:43

    What a great gift. I’ve wanted to try fabric stamping, This looks like a potentially good way to get into it.

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    Jill
    Donnerstag, der 21. Juni 2012 at 04:26

    What a lovely house warming gift! So pretty!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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