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Quick and Fun Halloween Garland

Hi Everyone! Happy October!! And October means Halloween!! I love Halloween and my kids do too! Halloween has been in full swing at our house since mid September! My kids just get so excited and have been talking about their halloween costumes since June, counting down the days!

I love to decorate for halloween and incorporate spooky but not too spooky decorations. My children are 4, 5 and 7 so cute and semi-spooky halloween is what I am trying for. 🙂

I have made halloween quilts and pillows but what I really love to make is Halloween garland!! It is a great scrap buster and really you can get this done with in a couple of hours with distractions even! Today I made it with a recovering sick kid, folding clothes, and drawing Pokemon periodically. LOL. I just sewed it in between. Ha! Multitasking to the core! I really wanted to show you all how to make this! Its fun, you can use scraps and well Halloween!!

You will need:

  • Halloween scraps of fabric
  • Fusible fleece~scraps will do just fine here as well
  • A triangle template-you can use either a template you have or just draw whatever sized triangle you would like on some cardboard or card stock and use that as a pattern. I used a 5 inch triangle template I just had on hand.
  • A couple 2 1/2 inch strips of fabric or sturdy ribbon. I didn’t have to buy anything for this project!

Ok onto fabric~there is some really cute halloween fabric out there! My absolute favorite is Cotton + Steel Halloween fabric. I love them all! I am not sure if they are still printing it anymore but I pick up any bit I see wherever I go! My favorite is the lacy print with spiders! Genius!

Ok now onto my free tutorial! 🙂

First decide how many triangles you want. I usually plan for about 7 triangles but you can make yours as short or as long as you need.

Next cut out your triangles and fusible fleece~you will need 2 of each print for the front and back and 1 fusible fleece for each triangle.

Next fuse your fusible fleece to the wrong side of one of your triangles. I usually pick the side that I want to face out when the garland is hanging. Then using a 1/4 inch seam allowance sew your triangles right sides together leaving the bottom open. (See below).

Once sewn together flip right sides out and press. Top stitch around the triangle at about 1/8 of an inch keeping the bottom of the triangle open.

The nice part about this garland is that you can use ribbon or just make your own “ribbon” out of 2 1/2 inch strips. I have done it both ways and have had no problems with either option. Fold your 2 1/2 inch strip in half and iron. Then fold each side in, wrong sides together to meet at the middle.

Once you have your 2 1/2 inch strip made, place the bottom open end of the triangle inside the strip, making sure it is up against the fold and pin. I usually spread out the triangles about 2 inches apart. Then using a 1/4 inch seam allowance sew the 2 1/2 inch strip shut making sure to catch all the triangle garland inside this stitch.

Ta Da!! A quick, cute and festive Halloween decoration is done!!

Not only is this a wonderful way to use scraps, kids love these garlands. I have mine hanging all over my house! Its actually a really simple sewing project to get your kids involved in too, as I let mine pick out the scraps of fabric we used. It makes them extra excited!! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and Happy Halloween!! 🙂

Have a wonderful week and sew happy!

Love,

Jennifer

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