This is a repost of the now infamous Ragamuffin Memo Garland that I first posted back in April on this blog and then published over at Blissfully Domestic in May. I love the word “ragamuffin” and got to use it in the name of my previous business. I missed that word and thought it so appropriately described this garland and so did so many of you! The ragamuffin fever spread really fast and it was so fun to see what all of you made.
Want to make one? They are so simple all you need is fabric, ribbon, ring clips and time–lots and lots of time.
I make my garland with long strips of ribbon, fabric, fringe and anything else I can get my hands on. You know I never measure but here is a close up of a few strips so you get the idea of how long. I would err on cutting your fabric too long. That is if you had to err.
And you tie the strips on. And you tie the strips on. And you tie them on. Am I not supposed to end a sentence with “on”? I think not. But you keep doing it until you want to curse me and anyone who you are making this for and then you look at it and you are almost half way done. And you keep doing it. Your kids can help too. You cannot tie wrong.
For my boy’s garland, I used some old shirts from my husband’s teaching days. Look, there’s a cuff. I also cut up some sweet little jeans they all wore and a blanket and even one of their little shirts. I even had extra fabric left over from a window mistreatment that I threw in there.
As you are tying and tying and cutting more stuff because you didn’t dream it would take so much fabric, just remember how adorable this is gonna look. You really want to pack the fabric and ribbon in. That’s how it looks so fab. Do not skimp on this, you will just be wasting your time.
Once you get to the very end, you tie the ribbon that is the base onto the ring of a ring clip. Do the same for the other end. I actually do this first so I can see where my start and stop are easily.
I hope you have fun with this project! It’s like a quilt only easier and you don’t have to sew and you can’t cover up with it. If you don’t want to make your own I’ll have some listed at my etsy shop within the week.
This garland would be adorable hung over a changing table, window or bed. Make a Chirstmasy one and hang your cards on it. Use your babies old clothes and hang it in the playroom. What ideas do you have for these garlands?
Here are a few other ideas of what you can do with some ragamuffin scraps!