Scalloped Fabric Garland Tutorial

on October 15 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 79 Comments

Jessie from Sweet Jessie and our Board shows you how to make a Scalloped Fabric Garland with your favorite scraps… Enjoy this fun project with ten easy steps!

garland template (free PDF download)
– 13 pieces of coordinating fabric measuring 6.5x 8 inches
– one package (3 yards) of extra wide double fold bias tape
– pins, needles, thread, fabric pen, iron

1. Fold your fabric right sides together, so that the shorter sides touch.

2. Working on the wrong side of the fabric, lay your template on top of the folded fabric with the flat part of the template directly on top of the fabric’s edge, and the curved end of the template closer to the fold. Trace with a fabric pen.

3. Place a straight pin in the middle of the fabric so that it stays lined up.

4. Repeat for all thirteen pieces of fabric.

5. Head to your sewing machine, and sew directly on top of the pattern you drew when you outlined the template.

6. Leaving a 1/4 inch allowance, carefully cut around each segment…

…Making sure not to cut through your stitching.

Snip a couple of notches in the seam allowance so that the curve turns out nicely.

7. Turn each piece out, and press with a hot iron.

8. Line up your garland segments in a manner that’s pleasing to you.

9. Leaving a 12 inch tail on each end of the bias tape, pin each segment into place within the fold of the bias tape, spaced about an inch apart from each other.

10. Top stitch along the entire length of the bias tape, taking care to keep each segment sandwiched between the folds.

Hang your beautiful garland!

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79 Responses to Scalloped Fabric Garland Tutorial

  1. Lea says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial; I will so be making this one! Your directions are easy to understand and what a cute project! THANKYOU!!

  2. Janina says:

    Made one today, so cute and adorable and a nice change from triangles. Thanks for sharing

  3. Linda says:

    I thought these garlands would look great in a dorm room so I made them as high school graduation gifts–the girls loved them! I used fabric that had meaning for them (eg, soccer balls, school colors). Now I have a go-to project at graduation time–thanks!

  4. the fabrics really make the garland– so vibrant! funny, i just posted about making an animal garland today. check it out:

    great site!

  5. Char says:

    Really cool! The measurements were almost exact! I loved this idea, and will be making another one soon!

  6. elana says:

    i am a very beginner sewer and i just made this for my children’s birthday party at my house and i love it. such a wonderful tutorial!

  7. Lisa says:

    well this just made me so happy thank you!

  8. So cute~

  9. stephanie says:

    this is the best idea EVER!!!!! well done

  10. --ginger. says:

    I can’t stop making these. One finished for the baby’s room. About 5 in process for christmas and t-giving. Soooo fun and satisfying.

  11. Melinda says:

    So cute!!! I would love to make for my girls room!

  12. cindy g says:

    This is so great! I love the idea of not throwing away party decorations. Holiday themes are a great idea too. I have many plans in my head 🙂

  13. Faith says:

    I love that this is reusable for parties!

  14. --ginger. says:

    I am so. making. this.

  15. Tiphaine says:

    absolutely my favourite of all !!!

  16. Ramona says:

    I have the perfect place to put garlands. I’m seeing different ones for each holiday. Great tutorial.

  17. Vintagefern says:

    I LOVE this!

  18. Andrea says:

    Looks easier than I imagined – I’ll give it a try!

  19. Kathleen says:

    This is just beautiful! I love your choice of colors and patterns. Well done tutorial!

  20. Joanna says:

    This has been on my to do list for some time…I’ve made triangular shapes, but the scallops are so feminine and pretty!

  21. Suzanne says:

    I love this! It’s on my “to do one day” list!

  22. Grace Wong says:

    what a cute tutorial!

  23. Michelle says:

    I’m starting this TODAY-adorable!!

  24. Rachel says:

    This is awesome! I love the fabrics you’ve chosen in the example.

  25. Kerri says:

    This is great.

  26. katie says:

    Love the scallopy shape! It looks easy enough to do. Where can I buy more time?

  27. Sarah says:

    Ok, this is genius! I will definitely make one! This would be so cute for Christmas decorations!

  28. Jeanelle says:

    What a fun and happy project! Thanks for the inspiration!

  29. Betsy M says:

    Love it – great idea above to use Christmas fabric!

  30. Jennifer says:

    So cute! I’ve made a similar one with triangles.

  31. eesh says:

    This looks great! I’ll definitely be trying it out. But my measurements are off on the pdf. I get 3.25 inches not 3.5 as it states. The 6in across is spot on. I didn’t shrink to fit or anything either when I printed it. Just wanted to point that out incase I’m not the only one.

  32. This is great, I’ve been thinking about makeing some of these for my grand childrens rooms. Thanks for the Tutorial

  33. jackie says:

    very very cute!

  34. Christine Bolin says:

    This is so cute!

  35. Risa J says:

    this is so cute and would be great in my craft room. thanks for the tutorial!

  36. molly says:

    love this. had noticed it on flickr the other day!

  37. Em says:

    Oh my! So cute! I am totally making a Christmas garland. Oooo … maybe I can even get it together this week and make a Halloween garland!

  38. Jessie says:

    So glad you like the tutorial! xoxo

  39. Laura says:

    This is so beautiful and so easy! I just might have to make one this weekend! Thanks for sharing it!

  40. Elizabeth says:

    Cute idea…I can see scaling it down a bit, doing it in Christmas colors and using it to decorate the tree!

  41. Lori says:

    The scallop idea is so pretty!

  42. Amy says:

    That’s a cute idea. It’s similar to pendants but uses less fabric and looks a little bit more feminine.

  43. Androides says:

    Greetings from Spain!
    Really cool tutorial!
    Thanks for sharing it.

  44. Christine says:

    ooohhhh…this is so nice and easy. glad you posted the tute and I’m outta here to sew some!

  45. Ashley Ann says:

    Pretty! I want one for sure!

  46. Michelle says:

    oooh, I’ve been meaning to look for a garland tutorial, and I like the scallops!

  47. Kara says:

    I’ve always wanted to make one of these. Thanks for the info!

  48. Tong says:

    these are beautiful! i’ve seen triangle garlands everywhere, never thought the change of the shape would make such a big difference! will definitely make these!!

  49. Robyn says:

    How cute would this be using the patchwork strings from one of the earlier scrap buster posts!

  50. Andrea says:

    yes! I was hoping a tutorial for this would be posted.

  51. Elizabeth says:

    This is lovely! I like the scalloped shape.

  52. Jody says:

    Lovely idea!!!

  53. Steph says:

    I want to use this idea for our baby’s room. I think I might change the shape a little though but thanks for giving step by step instructions on how to do it! Also, someone else above mentioned a Christmas garland which is a great idea too.

  54. Katy says:

    Oh my god, that is genius to sew first and cut afterward. Why am I only learning this 25 years after I first learned to sew? Thank you, Jessie!!!

  55. kate says:

    The fabrics you used for this banner are perfect! I wish my scrap pile was that gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  56. Katie says:

    PERFECT! I’ve been wanting to make a birthday garland and I’m loving this one!

  57. Edith Penzi says:

    Love it! What a great idea! I will be making one for the holidays.

  58. Amy says:

    What a cute idea! This would be so pretty for any holiday.

  59. Love this scalloped garland! And it is so cute using Jennifer Paganelli’s wonderful fabric!

  60. Hilary says:

    Lovely! I’ve made these with triangles but scallops seem so much simpler…

  61. Celeste says:

    Love this!

  62. Nicole says:

    This is beautiful and a nice change from triangles – thanks so much for the great tutoria!

  63. Jenny says:

    this looks easier than i imagined. thanks!

  64. Alice S says:

    I absolutely love this!

  65. Rebecca says:

    i love this idea. It is a nice variation from a traditional bunting. I will definitely be using this tutorial. Thanks!!

  66. Becky says:

    This is a great take on the traditional banner. I love it!

  67. Terriaw says:

    Such an adorable project! I can easily see myself making this project AND using it.

  68. Shirley says:

    I love this idea. I’ll be headed out to the fabric store this weekend. 🙂 Thank you!

  69. Linda says:

    I LOVE this idea…thank you so much for sharing!

  70. Cortney says:

    I love the garland, I think I will be make it for my girls room!

  71. Jenny says:

    I LOVE those fabrics!

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  72. Kaye Prince says:

    Jessie is pretty awesome isn’t she? I’ve loved this ever since I first saw it on her blog, but haven’t had a chance to try making my own scalloped garland yet.

  73. qsogirl says:

    this is a beautifully done tutorial!

  74. Georgia says:

    So very, very sweet! Love this one! 🙂

  75. megelin says:

    adorable! i might be making this soon 🙂 i ADORE the fabrics used in this, too!

  76. Tiphaine says:

    just loooove this tuto. I was looking for that idea, for months. Thank you so much for it.I can also manage to do in many ways or forms !!

  77. Tanya says:

    Love this idea!

  78. Jodes says:

    I’m a sucker for garlands, and I love this one! Time to get my christmas scraps out and get stitchin’!

  79. Amber says:

    This is so cute – I will definitely be making one for my girls’ room – love it!

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