It’s easy to make colorful ribbon garland for a party

In my studio, I have a few baskets filled with spools of ribbons that I’ve collected over the years. There are ribbons that I use often for gift wrapping and embellishments, and then there are ribbons that have been sitting untouched for a while.

This is just the project for those mix-and-match spools that you have lying around. You also can check the sale section of your local craft store, which often has a colorful ribbon selection for great prices.

Unlike fabric flag bunting, which can take some time to cut and sew together, this is a very quick alternative with an unexpected flitter of color and texture.


• Ribbons in varying widths and colors

• Pinking shears or scissors

• Sewing machine with thread


1. Set out your ribbon spools. Are you creating a multicolor garland for varying occasions, or perhaps one in shades of green for St. Patrick’s Day? Maybe a two-toned arrangement in pink and orange for a little girl’s room? The choices are endless!

2. Simply cut 2- to 3-inch lengths of all your ribbons with pinking shears or on an angle with scissors, to keep the edges from fraying. You can keep all the bits in a large bowl, or if you’d like to keep a specific repetitive pattern of colors going, place the pieces in separate piles to grab from.

3. Place the ribbon width-wise at the foot of your sewing machine. Slowly sew over it through the middle, with a second ribbon piece ready to go soon after. I gave my ribbons about inch of space between them, but you could do more or less. Keep this up until you’ve reached your desired length.

This garland doesn’t have to be limited to hanging a wall or being strung around a table. You can also use your finished piece to embellish the top trim of a tote bag.

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