Tuesday, October 29, 2013

IJE Garland Exchange

A few weeks ago I participated in the IJE Garland Exchange. It was a garland exchanged/ adoption fundraiser hosted by It's Just Emmy. Not only did I get to make and receive garlands but I helped a good cause. A win win in my book! So today I thought I'd share with you all how I made my garlands. Here is what I did:

What you need:

1st Garland
  • Burlap
  • Old book pages
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
2nd Garland
  • Fabric
  • Hot glue gun
  • Brown coffee filters
  • Yarn

The person I made a garlands for has a blog, which of course I stalked. Her garlands were totally inspired by what I saw on her blog and her style.

1st Garland
I started by cutting triangle and pendent pieces out of book pages and burlap. To make this easier on myself I made a template. If you'd like it, let me know and I'll post it. ; )

Next I sewed the pieces together. {Make sure you start with excess string to use for hanging.}


I sewed with the same seam allowance at the top to keep the pieces even. I fed my pieces randomly into my machine and kept going till my garland was over 6ft long.

That's it for the first garland. Super easy, huh?!

2nd Garland
I started this garland by making fabric rosettes. Unfortunately I do not have a rosette tutorial, but you can check out this tutorial and this tutorial. They hepled me learn. : )

Next I cut a long piece of yarn {over 6 ft}. Starting at one end, I placed my yarn on top of a rosette, leaving about 4-5 inches of yarn free on the end for hanging.

I then took a little piece of the fabric, added hot glue to it, and placed it over the yarn onto the rosette. This secured the rosette to the yarn. You can be very liberal with the hot glue here.

For the brown pieces, I first took a brown coffee filter and opened it up. Then I pinched and twisted the end of the filter.

Next, I cut the twisted end of the filter off.

While keeping the end of the filter pinched and twisted, I hot glued the end to hold it all together.

To attach the filter to the yarn I first cut a piece of the filter {I used the cut off end and made it into a rectangle}.

I laid the yarn over the back of the twisted filter paper. Then added lots of glue to the cut piece and placed it over the yarn onto the filter paper. {Just like the rosette}.


I really do love how they came out! I hope my exchange partner liked them as much as I did. : )

If you follow me on Instagram then you may have seen what I received from my garland exchange partner:

She made me FOUR garlands, three holiday ones and one that I requested. I love them all! She wasn't done there either, she also gave me additional goodies. : )

All and all I had an awesome experience with the IJE Garland Exchange. It's Just Emmy does many exchanges if any of you are interested in participating in a future exchange. I know I probably will again. ; ) {If you'd like to see more garlands that were made look up #ijegarlandexchange on Instagram.}


  1. Super sweet and a for a great cause! Pinned:)

  2. That is BEAUTIFUL garland! You did a great job! Thanks so much for linking up to http://arttisbeauty.blogspot.com/2013/10/twirl-and-take-bow-link-party.html
    Have a BEAUTIFUL day,