Pretty Burlap Garland Tutorial


DIY Burlap Christmas Tree Garland! Easy Tutorial!I was recently impressed by the most uniquely decorated holiday tree! So rustic and natural – it’s limbs were hugged by a ruffled burlap garland! You know me – once I had it in my head, I couldn’t rest until I’d figured out how to make this garland for my own tree! It’s a WIP for now, a work in progress,  but here’s a little tutorial to show you how to make your own!

I cut my burlap strips along the width of the fabric, and here’s an awesome tutorial from The Barefoot Seamstress  on how to cut burlap completely straight.

I cut each strip 4 inches wide, but you can cut your strips any size you’d like to obtain that perfect width for your tree.

DIY Burlap Christmas Tree Garland! Easy Tutorial!I serged the strips together on each short end. You can also straight stitch or even zig zag your strips together. Remember, you’re shooting for a rustic look here – not perfection, and you really don’t see the ends anyway, once your burlap is gathered.

DIY Burlap Christmas Tree Garland! Easy Tutorial!Using hemp cording and a tapestry needle, tie a secure knot around one of the burlap fibers at the bottom of your work to get started.

DIY Burlap Christmas Tree Garland! Easy Tutorial!Now, simply weave in and out along the center of the burlap strip with large running stitches, gathering as you go. It’s both easy and mindless and the result is so pretty!

DIY Burlap Christmas Tree Garland! Easy Tutorial!I have about 5 feet completed and I’m well aware that I may not make it in time to hang on my tree this season, but there’s always next year! ;-) And what’s another WIP this time of year, hmmmmm?

Weave on, Crafty Friends!





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  1. Suzanne
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    I think this garland is so pretty. I find myself in a similar place as you, wanting to take on new craft projects days before Christmas. I wish you speed and craft stamina.

    • Carli
      Posted December 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Suzanne! It never fails, this happens every year. Ha! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. Becky
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    I love your burlap garland. Did they have any other color woven into the garland or just use lights and Christmas decorations to add color ie.bulbs or our children’s homemade decorations to the tree?

    I guess we could serge with different colors on the burlap down the sides. I’ve seen cute wreaths that the edges of the burlap had glittery colors.

    Where is the best place to by burlap yardage and is there burlap that is a tighter weave that makes it more preferable. Some I’ve seem looks so stiff but yours appeared to have a softness too it.

    Thanks for the cute idea that we can make this and make good use of that expensive serger I just bought! :-)

  3. Becky
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Do you have an idea of how many yards of Burlap you bought to cut your strips into to get enough length of garland to cover your tree? A guesstimate would be much appreciated! And where did you buy your burlap. I went back and looked at what you were using in your photo and it looks rich – not cheap like some I’ve seen!

    Thanks and much luck getting it done for Christmas 2014! I figure if I start now I might have a chance to finish it for Xmas 2014! :-)

  4. RozMartz
    Posted July 22, 2014 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    Love the idea of the burlap garland. I really would like to make burlap things. I’m a little hesitant to use my sewing machine. Any suggestions?

    • Carli
      Posted July 26, 2014 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

      You can use a straight stitch or a zig zag. A zig zag will probably allow for less fraying of the burlap.


  5. Stefanie
    Posted August 14, 2014 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Love love love this! About how much yardage did it take to make 5 feet, do you remember? I figure if I get started soon, I may have it done before December. ;)

    • Carli
      Posted August 20, 2014 at 12:10 am | Permalink

      Hi Stepfanie,
      Unfortunately I cannot remember. I know I purchased 5 yards but I used it for other things too. I think it really depends on how much you gather it. The looser the gather, the more you can get out of the yardage. Have fun!

  6. Missy Irrig
    Posted October 21, 2014 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    Thank you! I will be making the burlap garland for our tree this year:)

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