Rustic Rag Tie Garland Tutorial

Have you decorated your home for fall yet? Some people decorate as soon as September 1st arrives while others wait until the official first day of autumn. No matter your preference, I have do-it-yourself fall décor projects that will keep your home warm and cozy. 

Today, I will show you how to make a rustic rag tie garland. This garland is a versatile piece of fall décor. It can be a fireplace trimming, dining table runner, or coffee table centerpiece to name a few. The garland takes patience to create. However, if you recruit the help of your family, it can be completed quickly. It’s a way to craft and bond at the same time! 

Continue reading for step-by-step instructions. 

How to Make a Rag Tie Garland


  • Fabric*
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Decorative accessories such as ribbon and beads (optional)

*With this project it is hard to conceal the wrong side of fabric. I suggest using solid-colored or double-sided fabrics. 


Step One: Measure and cut twine

Determine the length of your rag tie garland using 1-yard increments. Think about where you will put it. On a coffee table? Cut 1 yard of twine. Bookcase? 2 yards. Fireplace mantel? 3 yards. 

After you cut the twine, tie a loop at each end. If you plan to add beads to the garland, leave one end open and tie a loop when you finish.

Step Two: Cut fabric

Cut your fabric into 2-inch by 14-inch strips. For thick fabrics adjust the width to 1 inch. The total number of strips will vary by the garland’s length. A yard of twine will hold 72 strips.

Step Three: Arrange

Decide how you will arrange your rag tie garland. Alternate between colors, patterns, and decorative accessories.

Step Four: Tie

Lay the twine on a flat surface. Place a strip underneath it. Fold the strip in half, with the twine lying in the middle. Then tie a tight, simple knot. Repeat this process until done. 

How will you style your rag tie garland? Tell me in the comments below!

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Take 15 minutes today to read, write down, and meditate on this scripture: “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward them for what they have done.” – Proverbs 19:17 (NIV)

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