Your Handmade Wedding – Fabric Garlands

Your Handmade Wedding - Fabric Garlands #Wedding #Bridal #WeddingDecor #Garland #DIY

For my wedding reception I had decided to have two pagoda marquees similar to circus tents. After finding out the sizes of the marquee’s I knew I was going to need a lot of bunting and garlands to create the look I wanted. . .

Your Handmade Wedding – Fabric Garlands

You Will Need

How to Make

1. Firstly I got the dimensions of the marques from the hire company and proceeded to buy 72 metres of white cord which would support the garland fabric bunting.

2. For the main part of the garland I knew I wanted a selection of shades ranging from pink to blue also including my favourite thing ever the red toadstool mushroom! This became my main task for a few weeks collecting a mountain of fabrics, ribbons and lace.

I made a start by visiting local fabric shops, online fabric stores, charity stores, I even added a few items from my mum’s wardrobe as I loved the prints. I also had some turquoise fabric to tie in with my overall matching theme which I had already dyed.

3. To add a bit of sparkle I added blue, pink and silver sequins. Pretty much everything I could get my hands on which met my colour scheme.

4. Once my house was full up with fabric I set to work making a card template for the size of each rectangle strip I needed to cut. I made a template that was four centimetres in width and 40 centimetres longs.

5. Once my template was ready I proceeded to cut around the cardboard shape laying it flat onto a table onto all the metres of fabrics that I had collected. This may take you a little while depending on how much bunting you need to make!

Top Tip!

I found it a lot easier is to fold the fabric and pin the template onto the folded fabric so several pieces are cut at once or you may want to use tailors chalk.

6. When it came to putting together the bunting I left about 1.5 metres of white cord and marked this point with a pen, before I started my first fabric strip, this left me enough to be able to hang the bunting up.

7. To start the garland you take one piece of cut fabric fold it in half and hold the folded end up to the cord. Then take the two loose ends and thread it up over the cord and through the folded piece of fabric pulling it tight so it becomes a knot – a bit like a reef knot. Then repeat the process with your assortment of fabrics, laces, ribbons and sequins.

Top Tip!

When threading the fabric stripes to the white cord make sure you pull them pretty tight this helps them not become loose.

Your Handmade Wedding - Fabric Garlands #Wedding #Bridal #WeddingDecor #Garland #DIY

Your Handmade Wedding - Fabric Garlands #Wedding #Bridal #WeddingDecor #Garland #DIY

Your Handmade Wedding - Fabric Garlands #Wedding #Bridal #WeddingDecor #Garland #DIY

Photographed by Dorset wedding photographer Nathan Eames

Even More Fabric Garlands!

I wanted to get something fun for our guests to amuse themselves and for us to keep as memories, so my lovely bridesmaid organised a wedding present of a mobile photo booth. Being a creative person and wanting everything to co-ordinate I wanted to create a matching back drop to the fabric garland I made for the top of our marquee’s.

You Will Need

How to make

1. I checked with the photobooth supplier to get the measurements of their machine. Once I had the measurements I worked out roughly the size of the wooden frame that needed to be made to support the fabric garland back drop.

My husband to be is very gifted with woodwork and is used to me demanding for him to make unusual items so I asked him to build me a wooden support frame. The frame he made was three metres high and four metres wide.

2. Using the same process as my fabric garland I collected fabric, ribbons, lace and sequins matching my colour scheme but making sure I had six metres in length of each colour.

3. To start cutting the fabric strips I laid the fabric out flat on a table then using a large metal ruler and fabric chalk I marked out the size of the strip. Mine measured six metres in length by 1.5 inches in width. I then proceeded to cut all my fabric in to the same sized strips.

4. Once I had about 20 strips cut, I used the same strong white cord that I used when making my fabric garland bunting, cut to about four metres in length so I had enough either end to tie the bunting up to the wooden stand. I marked 0.5 m in on the white cord with a pen so I knew this was my starting point and I did the same at the other end, to show my stopping point.

5. To start the fabric garland take the first piece of cut fabric folding it in half and then hold the folded end up to the cord. You then take the two loose ends and thread it up over the cord and through the folded piece of fabric pulling it tight so it becomes a knot – a bit like a reef knot. You then repeat the process with your assortment of fabrics. As the fabric is much longer be careful not to get knotted up.

Your Handmade Wedding - Fabric Garlands #Wedding #Bridal #WeddingDecor #Garland #DIY

Your Handmade Wedding - Fabric Garlands #Wedding #Bridal #WeddingDecor #Garland #DIY

The fabric garland backdrop turned out great at our wedding reception and looked really good in all our photos of our guests.

Your Handmade Wedding - Fabric Garlands #Wedding #Bridal #WeddingDecor #Garland #DIY

Photo Booth Photography by Say Fromage

Your Handmade Wedding - Fabric Garlands #Wedding #Bridal #WeddingDecor #Garland #DIY

Photo Booth Photography by Say Fromage

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