Thursday, September 30, 2010

Garland Tutorial

When my friend Alisha came to visit last week, we went a little crafting crazy. We had a long list of crafts we wanted to try and a small amount of time to try them in. Still to make are some super-cute fabric acorns and a journal cover. But this is one of the projects we actually finished! I always see adorable little garlands hanging up in shops and craft stores here in Japan. The problem is they're usually pretty expensive. If you dont want to cough up the do-ray-me to buy one, here are some instructions on how to make your own!

This is the perfect project to use up scrap pieces of fabric you have laying around. They're quick to whip up and would be a perfect gift too!

For this tutorial you will need:
  • Scissors
  • Stuffing
  • Twine
  • 6 fabric triangles, cut to your desired size (mine are 3" x 3.5" x 3.5")
  • 6 pieces of green fabric, approximately 1" wide x 1.5"-2" long
  • Floral wire (can be found at most craft stores)
  • Fabric Glue

1. Fold your fabric triangle right sides together. This will be the base of your chili pepper.

2. Sew shut along open edge.

3. Turn the triangle right side out. Use a pointy object for the bottom. I used some chopsticks which worked splendidly.

4. Fill with stuffing. Be careful not to overstuff it, you won't be sewing the top closed and want the top to stay glued on easily.

5. Cut a piece of floral wire 5 inches long. Stick it into the stuffing to the bottom of your pepper, be careful not to poke through the fabric.

6. Test out the size of your top by placing it behind your pepper and wrapping it around. Make sure it fits all the way around, covering the stuffing and wire. If it's too long, trim it and try again.

7. Place fabric glue on the piece of green fabric.

8. Wrap it around the pepper, securing it withe more glue on the edge. I also added more glue up by the wire for extra stability. This is the hardest part about this project, it might take a couple tries, but don't get discouraged!

9. Take your piece of twine and untwist it just enough so the pieces separate. Put the floral wire through this hole and fold in half.

10. Twist it around itself and then the pepper. Attach each pepper about3 inches apart (or your desired width).

Ta Da, finished! :-)

Hang up and enjoy!


  1. Thanks, let me know when you make one! :)

  2. Those are so cute! What a fun way to decorate with favorite fabrics. I would love to link to this if you didn't mind.

  3. Please do!! Thanks for asking! :)

  4. That is just too cool for words. Too bad I'm not that good with fabric and sharp objects such as needles!! Do you sell these?

  5. Ha, please don't hurt yourself trying to make these, I would love to sell some! I haven't started my etsy shop quite yet, but am trying to get them in there soon. Please email me at so we can work out what you want! :) Thanks!!

  6. What a lovely fun project! Thank for sharing and your photos and instructions are lovely and clear too.

  7. So cool! And yes, a great tutorial. I'm glad to have found your site :)

  8. Wht a great project!! Congratulation..:)

  9. What a cute project. Thank you for sharing this one! :-)