Ragamuffin Memo Garland: You Can Make One!

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.

Here’s the finished product it is fat and fluffy and adorable. You can always click on any of the pictures to enlarge them, don’t forget about that.

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.

You want to have one base ribbon that is the one you tie everything else to. I used a long pink one here and I usually make it about as long as my arm. You can make them as long or short as you want.

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.

It’s like making a big soup. You just keep adding all sorts of stuff until it magically looks right. You are thinking that I don’t really make soup and you are right.

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 like to add clips or clothespins in every 6 or 8 inches so you can hang stuff in the garland. You can hang photos or baby shoes or grocery lists or Christmas cards or ticket stubs…

Look how cute this one is in my old kitchen. And yes, those are napkins used for window mistreatments. I’m so glad you noticed!

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?

This is the perfect time of year to make a garland for someone. Need more inspiration? Google Ragamuffin Garland and get inspired by what others have made as well!

Here are a few other ideas of what you can do with some ragamuffin scraps!

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  1. Super cute! I love the look of your work. I noticed these and instantly began cutting and tearing up a a stash of my husband’s old shirts and few of mine. I never knew what to do with the old shirts that grew soft and loved. Now they will live forever around our home.
    thanks for the insiration

  2. Okay, I have to tell you this…last weekend I was at the Southern Christmas show in Charlotte and at the beginning of the show they have lots of decorated trees and Christmas rooms, etc. Well, they had this gorgeous mantle with this beautiful garland draped over it and I just loved it. It was raggedy and colorful (reds, pinks, greens, turquoise, etc) and fun and I wanted to make one right away. I came home and was trying to describe it to my daughters so they could help me with it and I googled “rags and ribbon garland” hoping to find something similar so they could see what I was talking about and I found this link…I’ve been a follower of yours for a couple of years and I should have known this was one of your ideas! Of course, I see that this post is four years old, but still, I really liked it as a Christmas mantle decoration.

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