Valentine’s Day Garland

5 Feb

Easy Valentine's Day Decor

Are you looking for an easy, inexpensive Valentine’s Day craft to decorate your home?  Try your hand at this simple banner made from scrap fabric.  I made mine out of woven cotton scraps but it would be even easier to make out of felt since felt does not fray.  You will need the following:

  • 2/3 yard of background fabric (pink swirl)
  • 14″ X 9″ rectangular scrap of fabric or purchase 1/8 yard of solid fabric for lettering
  • 14″ X 9″ rectangular scrap of interfacing or purchase 1/8 yard
  • 2 1/2 yards of ribbon, string or rick rack

Either draw or print out the letters L O V E. Mine are about 4" high. Pin them to your solid fabric and interfacing and cut out.

Take your background fabric and fold it so that it is longer.  (If you purchased your fabric this will be the opposite way that it is currently folded.)  Along the fold cut out 6 rectangles 5″ X 8″.  You can either leave them square along the short side or make them pointed like mine. 

If you are using a woven cotton fabric you will need to turn under all of the sides 1/4". If you use felt you can skip this step.

This is what it should look like when you are finished sewing the edges. Press with a hot iron. Fold in half and press again.

Iron the interfacing to each letter. Then center the letter onto the front side of the background fabric. Using a small zig zag stitch sew right along the edge.

Take your ribbon and sew the first pendant on at 16″.  This will give you plenty of length to tie the banner to something.  Then sew each of the other consecutive letters 6″ apart. 

Hang up and enjoy your lovely Valentine's Day decor.

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2 Responses to “Valentine’s Day Garland”

  1. laurapete February 5, 2011 at 3:18 am #

    Way too cute!!!! What a great idea!!! I’ll have to try it next year when my house is actually functional lol.

    • emersonfamily February 5, 2011 at 3:28 am #

      Glad you like it! I was trying to come up with something that was very Valentiney (I know not a word) 🙂 and yet didn’t take that long. I made it an evening. I also didn’t want to spend hardly any money. I’m determined that this year I’m going to get better at home decor so I guess it’s a start. 🙂

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