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Monday, January 5, 2009

The Raggamonster

I have been thinking about creating a rag garland for awhile now. Something about it appealed to me. So the mulling began. You see I like to take other people's ideas and put my own spin on them. So this is where the thinking and mulling comes in. Things like: where, with what, when...



Then the Wii entered our lives at Christmas and my children were occupied. School was (temporarily) over for me and I had time to feel ...crafty. So I redid sweet boy's room. (I'll give you a complete tour in the near future.) When the paint was dry I installed the Pottery Barn linen drape. I like this drape. It is reasonably priced, well made and has a good lining. Lining is a necessary evil to ward off the effects of the brutal Arizona sun. But it was missing something...
Then, it hit me like a ton a fabric. The drapes needed to be garlanized.
So I gathered up my supplies. Shrunken linen sundress~check, old flour sack material~check, leftover scrap ribbon~check, cards of luxurious outdated fabric samples~check, twine~check!


I decided to work in the hallway because it is hard and cold. Not really, but the hallway was the only space in my home that had enough room to create this mother of all garlands. This was no mere raggamuffin garland, this was a... RAGAMONSTER! After spending 2 hours cutting strips (oh, the drudgery!) I laid out my twine to the length I needed and doubled it. I knew I would need the strength.



Then I kind of laid out a pattern of fabric strips. You don't have to do it this way. You can be a bit more pell mell or heggedy peg, but I am a pattern layer outer. I soon realized I would need many more strips than what I had and scrounged around and located several more bits and bobs of fringe and other fabric to add to the garland.


Then I tied the scraps on... and tied the scraps on... and began to think about tying one on, so I took a bloggy break. I came back and tied the scraps on... it really was like creating fabric soup!




Finally after three hours it was...gasp~wheeze~finished. I picked up my scissors and took the over 100 inch long raggamonster into my hands and ...CUT...IT...IN...HALF!



Then I took the curtains down (rings and all) and selected a piece of twine and wrapped it around the garland and securely fastened it through the curtain ring. That's right, no sewing. So perhaps Nester will forgive me of the whole pattern layer outer thing.



Voila!





Lovely no? It was absolutely free, but it looks like a million bucks if I do say so myself.




Have a blessed day!

57 comments :

jewelstreet said...

That looks awesome! Really finishes the drapes off. I love it. This might be something to do in my daughter's room if I ever get it done. :) Thanks, Nester and Laura, for the tip!

krissa reann said...

Wow....that is awesome...such a cute idea. I love it!!!

Terri and Bob said...

Wow! I think I would wear that it is so pretty!

The Nester said...

How totally adorable is that!?
"garlandized"
Thanks so much for sharing!

Mildred said...

Oh Laura, I love the Raggamonster! What a difference it makes with the curtains. Good for you - it feels good to have the time to be creative I am sure.

~♥~ Monica S said...

THAT was a really cute idea!!! :-)
Love it!

Monica

Barbara H. said...

That turned out really nicely! What a neat idea!

Kass said...

WOW- is that fantastic- I want to do that !!

beth at aunties said...

Super, super cute idea and it added a wonderful garlandized look!
Just waht he needed. Thanks for the tip about the lined drapes also from Pottery barn. It isn't the sun we are trying to keep out, but the winter chill:)

Meredith said...

Beautiful! The perfect finishing touch.

Maison Douce said...

That is super cute! Thanks for the idea!!
Isabel

Liz said...

A million? I'ld say 10 Million! I love this!!!!!

~Liz

The White Bench said...

This garland is a... monster of beauty! Many compliments!
Love its colours.
Monica.

Felicia Eis said...

Oooo I love this!!!

Princess Of Pink said...

That looks absolutely, positively awesome!!

What a great idea you have given me now. I need something to brighten up my sheers, maybe this can be done with lace as the base and some pretty pink material!! YAY Thank you!!

Miss Linda said...

That is absolutely adorable. I usually throw scraps away because I have very little storage space in my tiny apartment, but I just might have to keep some around now. By the way, if I had laid fabric scraps out in a long line like that down a tiled hallway, my cats would have had a field day. Trust me!

Mimi Sue said...

What a huge difference it made! Looks great. Mimi

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Fabulous! It makes all the difference! But just the thought of crawling around on that floor while tying all those knots makes my knees and back hurt!

Can't wait to see the rest of the room.

MGM

ShabbyInTheCity said...

It DOES! So happy for you :) I love that we learn great things from each other :)

Tracy said...

A very clever take on an already great idea! Good job, Laura.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Laura, now THAT's a great idea! I like this even better than a regular garland. Perfect for finishing off your drapes.

Creations from my heart said...

I have seen the fabric garland on Nester's blog and thought where would I use that. Now I know. I enjoy following your blog. Blessings...Sherry

Vintagesquirrel said...

FANTASTIC! I've been wanting to make A 'Nester' garland myself. I'm definately an embellisher, and with 3 sons, it can be difficult to find a way to embellish that's not too feminine. But, this is just perfect.

carolinagirl said...

Wow...I love a good project! This pair of curtains looks absolutely fabulous! Great job and well worth the effort!

Elizabeth said...

I'm definitely stealing your idea for my bedroom! I'll probably do a pattern, also.

Jen said...

Fabulous job - you took something simple and made it simply amazing.
Turning store bought into bespoke bedazzle.
I love it. Thanks for sharing your craftiness with us.
Happy New Year -may 2009 be filled to the brim with crafty ideas inspiration and lots of the green stuff to indulge your dreams!

twizzis said...

Great idea...I'd love to see the black cabinet from afar!

Lady Dorothy said...

Absolutely gorgeous! It really finishes the drapes perfectly!Great job!

I loved Nester's garland, but hadn't really thought of making one. Now that I saw your use, it's definitely something to keep in my virtual knapsack of ideas!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Great idea! Wonderful finish for your drape.

starsfault said...

So I'm supposed to be finishing a technical report due for work tomorrow and took my own bloggy break.... and then...

Help, I fell on the floor laughing and can't get up!!!!

I have also learned a new technical category for personality types - a "pattern layer outer" seem slike my kind of person, having my own OCD issues, which are often helped along by tying one (but a small one) on...

Blessings ~ Eileen and the Beautiful Starry Girl

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

What a difference your ragamonster makes!!! Great idea- let's see....where can i use this.....

blessings
mary

Really Rainey said...

Oh! I wasn't sure where you were going with that post but I am glad I followed along! How incredibly wonderful! Wow you have the patients of a Saint to tie all those on in one day!
It really is cute.
~Rainey

♥Reeni said...

You were the comment above me on SITS today, came over to say hi! I love the garland, I want one!! I'm going to start saving my scraps or go make some scraps out of old things.

Geri said...

Awesome. Such a great idea. Really spices up plain drapes.

Blondie's Journal said...

What a great idea. All your hard work was worth the effort because it looks awesome. I think you should send a picture to Pottery Barn and get a patent if they like it! (My legal expertise is speaking here). Good job Laura!!
Jane

Holly said...

I love rag swags, wreaths- anything rag! :>

Betty Jo said...

What a wonderful idea! That looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing how you did this. Your blog is lovely and I'm glad I discovered it.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a terrific topper to those curtains!! Wonderful tutorial, too. I am such a visual person that it really helps to see how you laid it all out. Love it!!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

beth at aunties said...

I got the Lady busts from Tai Pan Imports. It is seriously a decorators dream to stroll through.
Women leave with their carts overflowing with lovely beauties.
Thanks for your visit:)

ceekay said...

It is fantastic. I believe it was worth the work...course, I didn't have to do it!! Great job!!

Blue Castle said...

My goodness, but that looks awesome! What a wonderful idea. I admire you for spending 2 hours cutting out each strip. :)

Suzanne said...

Laura and Nester, Great idea. I made mine as tie backs just before the holidays. It's fun to be creative. Great Job. Suzanne

Neabear said...

Great and awesome idea. I just may do this for my living room and dining room windows. It will be a huge project if I do. But I think it would look cute.

LvPoohBr2 said...

I love it! It's beautiful. I just put up new curtains in each of my girls rooms but they are so plain. Maybe I'll try this to jazz them up a bit!

Mama Bear (Angie) said...

Wow! That is such a great idea! The colors just look amazing together. We have a small apartment, and I'm always looking for new ways to jazz it up. This just might work.

Angie

Chris said...

These are amazing! I LOVE the colors you used. Just beautiful!

Halo Hill said...

Hi Laura! I do sooooo adore those prints you altered! Yummy. The fancy raggy valance is very pretty too, but it hurts my knees to think of you laying it out like that! Ouch! Looks like it was worth it though!

Hugs,
Sheila

Heather said...

fFinishes of your curtains wonderfully!

Linda/ "Mom..." said...

ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! My GOODNESS, you are so CREATIVE n' TALENTED!!! Thanks so much for this FABULOUS IDEA & TERRIFFIC INSPIRATION!!! (I can see getting on the floor to "DO" this terriffic project, buuuut, getting UP again?!?!?! I dunno about THAT, kiddo! Oh, my aching back!!! Grins!)~~~~ Thanks so much!!! Linda/ RMS "Mom..."

Joy said...

very neat idea. love the finished look!

MIMILEE said...

Great Idea! Thanks so much!

honeysuckle said...

I loved this idea! It totally made those drapes look expensive. Good for you for spending the hours making it!

Meredith Teagarden said...

STUNNING!!!

Jennifer Allwood said...

I have seen these with little "clippy things" (??) attached to the wire in the middle of the fabric and photos being clipped to that. So, it's like photos dangling from the raggamonster. Awesome!

Coastal Sisters said...

These curtains look wonderful!

LuLu~*

Cote de Texas said...

this looks so great! and I love all your makeovers for Rhoda's party - especially the botanicals - they are so pretty !!!

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

That is a great idea! I'm having a giveaway over at my blog...come by and enter...it's a biggie!

Take Care
Darlene