No-Sew T-Shirt Garland Tutorial

So my subconscious decided that this Christmas I was going to decorate with thrifted t-shirts. I purchased nine shirts (at a quarter each, thank you very much), and made a rag-rug tree skirt for our mini Christmas tree, a wreath for our front door, and now, this garland. All that for $2.25! Not bad, right?

This garland project cost me $1.25 for a seventeen foot garland. When I do the math, my inner-cheapskate squees in delight! Would you like to make a garland out of those holey shirts you’ve got laying around your house? Check out my easy tutorial!

No-Sew T-Shirt Garland Tutorial

NO SEW T-SHIRT GARLAND TUTORIAL

This tutorial will help you make an approximately 17’ long garland – all dependent on the size of the t-shirts you use. It is also “flat” compared to your traditional garland, which is usually full all the way around. But don’t worry, it’s still cute!

What You’ll Need

  • 5 Extra Large (XL) Men’s T-Shirts
  • Scissors (I used pinking shears)

Instructions

1. Cut off all the bottom hems of your t-shirts and set aside (you’ll use them in a bit)

No-Sew T-Shirt Garland Tutorial
No-Sew T-Shirt Garland Tutorial
2. Cut off all the seams of the shirts (neck, shoulders, seams that attach the sleeves) and discard

3. Cut approximately 1” x 5” strips out of all the material you have left

NOTE: This measurement isn’t going to be exact, and that’s okay. My strips were “around” that measurement, but I have a bunch of strips tied into my garland that are 1/2″ x 4″ because I wanted to use every last inch of material I had and it still worked. It doesn’t need to be perfect!

No-Sew T-Shirt Garland Tutorial

4. Take the t-shirt hems you set aside, and cut them once to make one long strip

No-Sew T-Shirt Garland Tutorial

5. Tie the ends of each cut hem to make one, super long “rope”. This will be the length of your garland and what you will tie your small strips to.

No-Sew T-Shirt Garland Tutorial

6. Take each end of the “rope” and measure in about 12”. Tie a double knot onto each end to “mark” the ends of your garland.

NOTE: These 12” ends will be used as the tie for tying around a banister or anywhere else you may hang your garland.  You can increase or decrease this measurement to suit your needs. If you don’t need to tie it to anything, then just double knot the end so your small strips won’t slip off.

No-Sew T-Shirt Garland Tutorial

7. Take your small strips and, beginning at the double knot you tied in Step 6, tie them onto the rope, one after another until you reach the double knot and you’re done!

No-Sew T-Shirt Garland Tutorial

You can use whatever colors you want in whatever order you want – the sky’s the limit! The one I made is both red and green and oh, it’s lovely. In fact, I love it so much, I’m gonna make different garlands to decorate other holidays and birthdays with!

I hope you get a chance to make this – I know you’ll enjoy it just as much as I do!

8 comments Add yours
  1. This is a fab idea! I love garland and I love MAKING garland (there’s something sort of relaxing about it, am I wrong?). I’ve made a few out of crepe paper but I like this idea because a) it reuses things and makes me feel all eco-fabulous and b) it will hold up better to wear and tear. I’m TOTALLY doing this.

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