We’ve all made paper chains. They’re just strips of paper attached with staples, glue, or tape, and linked to each other. I got to wondering (last year, if I’m being honest) if it would be possible to make a chain link garland out of fabric.
I liked the idea of displaying it, but not so much storing it. When I’ve made these from paper I’ve definitely tossed them with the gift wrap because I knew they wouldn’t survive the ornament boxes. I really wanted this to be something reusable and practical. As practical as Christmas decor can be anyway.
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I decided to make the chain so it could be disassembled. There are advantages to that beyond storage too. I can make it as short or as long as I need, depending on where I’m using it. I can also flip the links over and use the opposite side. It’s exactly what I wanted!
To make this fabric chain link garland you’ll need:
cotton fabric in two prints or colors
Craft Fuse - heavy weight fusible stabilizer
Velcro 5/8 - 3/4” wide
I made 20 links, which required 1/2 yard of Craft Fuse and 30” of Velcro, and I used five fabrics, so a 5” width of fabric piece of each.
For each link, cut two strips of fabric 2 1/2 x 10 1/2”, one strip of Craft Fuse 1 1/2 x 9 1/2” and 1 1/2” of Velcro.
To make one link, fold the short ends of each piece of fabric under 1/4” and press.
Pin the two strips right sides together and stitch 1/4” from each long edge.
Turn right side out and press.
Slide the Craft Fuse into the fabric tube. If you have difficulty getting it to go in, attach a large safety pin to the front edge of the Craft Fuse and push it through the tube.
Once the Craft Fuse is inserted and centered, press both sides.
Stitch one side of the Velcro onto one short end of the fabric, close to the edge.
Flip the fabric strip over and stitch the other side of the Velcro onto the opposite end.
To encourage the link to curve, drag it over the edge of your counter or table, in the same way you’d curl ribbon on a scissor blade.
Bring the ends together and attach the Velcro.
Make the next link and loop it through the first before attaching the ends.
Continue adding links until your chain is the length you’d like.
As much as I love it, no one wants to try to store this after Christmas.
But this neat stack is much more reasonable and it will look nice when you pull it out next year. You can press the links flat when you take it apart, and drag them over a counter again next year to curl.
I kind of want to put these everywhere now.
They’re so easy, I just might!