How to Make a Simple Scrap Fabric Banner

Super Simple ‘Scrap Fabric Banner,’ aka, a ‘Rag Garland’!  You can recycle your saved scraps and put them to good use with this craft, or for friends a bit more like myself, who admittedly clean shop too often, throwing away valuable fabric scraps, you can pick up a Jelly Roll of coordinating fabrics at Walmart, Joann’s, Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
They’re $9.99 at Walmart and at the craft stores they’re $12.99 {minus a 40% coupon = less than $8}.  When you compare the prices for these banners on the web, you’ll be totally feeling like a frugal party event planner!  And it’s SUPER fun to find just the right touch for your party!!!
I’m getting ready to host our annual Mother – Daughter Tea Party!  It’s something Little B and I look forward to every year!  I’ll have to double check, but I think this is our seventh tea party!  Each has a little different flair and every single one is super dear to our hearts!  I’ll share more of the scoop on how it came about and some of the fun things we’ve done over the years later, but for now…back to the tutorial!

To make this banner, unwrap your fabric jelly roll bundle and cut each strip into half lengthwise.  This will leave you with two super long strips of fabric that are folded in half, both sides showing the design side of the fabric!  Next, tie a long piece of ribbon or jute stretched out on two dining table chairs or along a table.  It works best if you have the rope suspended so you can eye the center and wrap each strip easily.

Tuck the fabric ends into the loop and pull the ends towards the ground until the loop tightens around the jute.  Repeat with lots of fabric scraps.
As each piece is added, you’ll want to make a quick cut with your scissors to separate where the fabric is still adjoined…this allows the banner to look fuller!  Then, embellish with your favorite coordinating ribbons!
Find a cute place to display your fun fabric banner touches to add the perfect touch of fun for your party!  I’m about to pull out my china which has some silver touches so I’m loving how the touch of formal grayish color compliments the fun flair of yellow!  Oh my goodness…I love it when things starts to come together!

As you can see in the pic below…it’s only “starting” to come together.  I have a little bit of everything, everywhere at this point, but I’m SUPER excited about the little touch of pretty that’s cheering me along the way!

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  1. Kerry says:

    I didn’t use the Jelly roll fabric, but cut 1 1/2′ long strips 1 1/2″ wide, and it worked great 🙂

  2. Shelbey says:

    I am wanting to make this for my baby girl’s room however I noticed that jelly rolls can vary in how many pieces of fabric are in each one. How many pieces of fabric were in yours? Thanks!

  3. Shannon@vintagerestyled says:

    This is darling!

  4. Lori Stokes Wright says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, your banner is beautiful. Spring Colors, just right. Found you at Crafty Scrappy Happy Me.

  5. Katie Adams says:

    I love this! It is gorgeous! I would love if you would share with my readers on Blog Stalking Thursday!

  6. So simple even I could do this. 🙂 I’m a new follower. Found you on Mom on Timeout. Stop by and visit me sometime.

  7. Becky says:

    What fabric jelly roll did you use for the gray and yellow? I would love to get one. The one pictured looks yellow and brown to me. Thanks so much….. This is adorable!

    • Kim @ says:

      So so sweet looking. Those colors would work in my dining room. Hey, did you make that for me?! : )

    • Aimee - says:

      It was Sunshine something…I found it at Joann’s Fabric! It’s all seasonal so I think it should still be around!!! XO, Aimee

  8. Emily @ 52 Mantels says:

    I thought I already commented on this, but I don’t see it up there. So sorry!! Anyway, I ADORE this!! I wish I’d seen it a week earlier because it would have totally made an appearance at my daughter’s birthday party! 🙂

    Also, I’m really jealous that your Walmart has fabric!!

    I’m featuring this later today!

  9. Jill ~ Jillify It says:

    Love it & love the colors! I would love it if you linked up at my party going on now! (It’s my very first one!!)


  10. thetwistedruffle says:

    almost anything with grey and yellow turns out awesome. this is super cute. i have an old window up on my mantle that this would work so well for!

    super cute!!

  11. Natural-Nesters says:

    Super cute! And easy and makes the party look great! I will have to keep this in mind and try it! Plus I love the colors you used! I would love for you to stop by and link this and any other project you have up at our Naturally-Nifty Linky Party! It’s open until midnight tonight!

  12. Heidi @ Decor & More says:

    So cute, Aimee — what a great idea! Wouldn’t this be so cute in my classroom for birthday celebrations, etc??

  13. Heidi @ Decor & More says:

    So cute, Aimee — what a great idea! Wouldn’t this be so cute in my classroom for birthday celebrations, etc??

  14. Ashley says:

    Wow that’s adorable!! Just pinned it! =) Rag garland, I will have to look for that!

  15. Maria says:

    This is so pretty! I’ve been seeing these fabric banners everywhere, and I love yours! I didn’t realize you can buy the “jelly roll” fabric! I’ll have to look for some next time I’m at JoAnn’s!

  16. Ashley says:

    This is so gorgeous, and fairly simple to do! I think this banner would be wonderful anywhere (I have visions for an area in my home, but perfect for parties too!). I think I’m add this to my “craft to-do” list. Thanks for the inspiration!


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  18. Michelle says:

    This is very clever and using my favourite colour combo grey and yellow!