Tutorial :: Fabric Chain Bunting

Hi all!

Today is my spot on Ellison Lane’s “Spread the Love” Valentine’s blog hop.

I have a tutorial to  help you decorate for Valentine’s Day  (or for every day!) and a giveaway too.

Based on the paper chains I made as a little girl, this fabric chain bunting is perfect for adding a little cheer and using up your fabric scraps too!

I’ll wait while you flashback to Kindergarten and then let’s get started!


Each link in the chain measures 3 inches.   The listed supplies are for a 5 foot chain.  Adjust according to your desired length.

:: You’ll Need ::

  • (40) 2″ wide strips of fabric at least 11″ long
  • (1) yard Heavy Duty Wonder Under  or similar double sided fusible interfacing
  • Iron
  • Cutting Mat/Rotary Cutter/Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Chain Template (click to print)

:: Step 1 ::

Begin by preparing your fabric strips and interfacing.

Cut your Wonder Under in to (3) rectangles measuring 11 inches x WOF (width of fabric = 17 inches).

Sub cut each rectangle in to (8) strips measuring 2″ x 11″ for a total of (20) strips.   Set aside the extra (4) strips.

From your fabric cut (40) strips.   You will use two strips per link in the chain.   (One for the front, one for the back).

:: Step 2 ::

Sort your fabrics in to ‘front’ and ‘back’ piles.   This is helpful for assembly line ironing!

You will need  (1) front fabric strip, (1) back fabric strip, (1) interfacing strip, and your template to make each chain piece.

Starting with your front fabric strips and with a hot iron, apply a strip of fabric to each piece of interfacing.

Fuse according to manufacturers instructions.

(For Wonder Under, one side is paper backed.   Fuse to the exposed ‘rough’ side first).

You need to allow the paper to cool completely before continuing to the next step.   If you try to remove the backing right away, the second sticky side will come right off with the paper.

Enough time will have passed on your first strip by the time you have completed all of the ‘front’s.

:: Step 3 ::

Carefully peel the paper backing off of each strip.

Using your back strips, fuse your fabric to the reverse side of your chain piece.

:: Step 4 ::

Lay your chain template onto a strip and trim the excess from the bottom and around the point. Repeat for all strips.

 :: Step 5 ::

Place the template back onto your strip and fold them in half together along the length.    Snip into the marked line at the bottom of the strip.

Using the lines marked on the pointed end of your template (or eye it, it’s a 1/2″ cut on each side!), snip into the pointed end of your strip piece.

:: Step 6 ::

Roll your strip into a ring, tucking the pointed end into the hole you snipped in the bottom.

Carefully pull the point through and adjust your ‘arrow tails’ so that they lie flat against the backside of the link.

You’ve completed your first link!

Just like in a paper chain, continue to link each chain onto the previous one to grow your bunting.

Once your strips are made, kids can help assemble with a little instruction from you.    My kids love to craft, so we’re having fun putting together a loooong fabric chain!

When the holiday is over you can easily disassemble and store flat until you want to use your fabric chain again.


The giveaway today is from Lima Sews Fabric Shop on Etsy.

Lima Sews is a small business based in Portland. OR that offers beautiful fabrics and longarm quilting services too.

They’ve offered up a Fat Quarter Bundle of Mona Luna’s Havana for me to give to one of you.   This fabric is so cute and it’s organic!

The bundle includes 16 fat quarters.

For a chance to win just leave a comment below.

And share your favorite childhood craft, too, if you’d like.  I’d love to know.

Did you make paper chains too?

Open to all readers, US and International.   I will leave open until Tuesday, Feb 5th at 12 noon EST.


Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations is sharing another Valentine tutorial today, so be sure to visit her too.

The hop continues through the rest of the week.  Enjoy!

In addition to the tutorials, there are two giveaways each day from small businesses.
Blog: Ellison Lane – Giveaway: Papa’s Old Shirts Fabric Shop
Blog: LR Stitched – Giveaway: Lima Sews Fabric Shop
Blog: Owen’s Olivia – Giveaway: During Quiet Time
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  • farmquilter

    What a clever idea! I remember making paper chains in school – always made one for counting down the days to Christmas! Thanks for the great giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Love this. It is simple and effective. I am thinking red, white and navy for summer and pretty pastels for Easter. Nicely done Lindsey.ReplyCancel

  • As a child I used to make it with paper, never thought making it from fabric, now I know what to do with the leftovers 🙂 Thanks for the great giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • laura

    I remember making paper chains as a kid. I also liked stringing popcorn and cranberries at Christmas. Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Shelley

    We did make paper chains in school for Christmas. I loved making paper snowflakes though.ReplyCancel

  • Beth T.

    This is a great idea, and it’s never too early to start crafting for Christmas. The craft I remember most fondly from childhood was making May Baskets with my mother. We lived in California, but she was from Iowa and I think it was a bigger tradition there. I remember making them for two elderly ladies in our neighborhood who were quite touched by it.

    My mom lost two newborn children before I was born, so I can only imagine the delight she must have taken in finally carrying on a tradition with her little daughter: me.ReplyCancel

  • gina f.

    yes!! I did a kindergarten flashback where i can remember making paper chains. My mom still has it and brings it out at Christmas. Your post made me think of all kinds of school crafts: drawing a face then running a line of glue to lay yarn for the hair; ironing crayon shavings and leaves between wax paper; doing profile silhouettes; and paper mache to name a few. Thanks for a fun stroll down memory lane. Your fabric chain is beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Fun project Lindsey, perfect for kids to help with.
    I recall making paper dolly chains and seeing them fall apart instead of holding hands!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Great project, so good for the kids tot help with. I used to enjoy cutting out the paper dolls on the back page of my comic ” bunty” and dressing them up,ReplyCancel

  • Elisabetta

    thank you so much for this awesome giveaway, I love these colors…
    I remember when I was a child playing with paints and brushes creating stencils and cards for our parentsReplyCancel

  • Lisa Marie

    In addition to paper chains, we also made chains of gum wrappers and pull tabs from aluminum cans. You may not be old enough to remember those things!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah

    This is such a cute idea. I used to make paper chains every Christmas. The childhood activity I remember loving was making paper people chains!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Mitchell

    Great tutorial – thanks for sharing. My favorite crafty activity was making doll clothes – very simple, almost paper-doll like clothes. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • oh how sweet! I might have to make some for Christmas next year. My favourite craft as a kid? Making cards, quilling, knitting, fimo… you name it, I loved it!ReplyCancel

  • My daughter will love this. I much preferred crafting as a kid to Barbies or anything. I did anything I could get my hands on but I remember a lot of play dough and coloring. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Jake

    Well, I was a bit of a tomboy, so my favorite craft as a kid was making matchbox cars out of crayons with my Master Caster toy! Though I also enjoyed weaving “rugs and placemats” out of the wide bladed thick seagrass we collected from the seaside as kids. That moda fabric is cute! Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • pam1374

    Thanks for the tutorial, Lindsey! I’ve made buntings for my mantle for various holidays, and this is a nice change up. Must hunt for Valentine’s colors in my stash now!ReplyCancel

  • It`s very nice.Some for christmas will be made.We make bounting wit color papers for christmas and birthdays parties.Thanks for the great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • What a great giveaway, thanks for the chance to win! Y loved painting tins and making them into pencil holders!ReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful giveaway!
    As a child I spent lots of time making paper snowflakes!ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    I did make paper chains as a child, and I also remember making quite a few gum wrapper chains and friendship braclets.ReplyCancel

  • Heather79

    So cute! I do chains from paper all the time but fabric is just darling!ReplyCancel

  • I loved corking when I was a kid– we’d make belts for us and scarves for our stuffies!ReplyCancel

  • I liked to make little figures with acorns and chestnuts, drawing and paperdolls 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    We did make paper chains in school. We also made flowers for weedings using a box of kleenex tissues. You could get colored tissues then and we would make hundreds of them to decorate cars and the wedding hall as well. It was great fun.ReplyCancel

  • What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing your idea. I loved to craft even as a kid. I sewed, knitted, and of coarse made paper chains and more.ReplyCancel

  • I used to make paper chains and fans. I loved working with paper mache as a kid.ReplyCancel

  • Marcia K

    What a new and fun idea. This fabric is delightful!ReplyCancel

  • I loved making paper chains as a kid and so did my children. These fabric chains are so much prettier!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    I love these! I used to make paper chains all the time. I love the way they link into themselves!ReplyCancel

  • So cute! I love the tab closure. You could make them in all different colors and reassemble for each holiday or event. Can you please find the time for me to do this?ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Sinise

    What a great idea to make fabric ‘paper’ chains! When I was small I liked to play with paper dolls most.ReplyCancel

  • I love the idea of using fabric, I have lots of holiday fabric, this would work great. I made carnations out of tissues.ReplyCancel

  • what a fun new grown up way to make a paper chain! I havent made one of those in years!!!ReplyCancel

  • Allison C

    I loved making paper chains and this version is so cool. I never would have thought to make them in fabric! Thanks for the tutorial. I’m crushing on the scooter print…I own a scooter and must have everything with scooters on it.ReplyCancel

  • Paula

    I love these fabrics, so cute! I don’t remember making paper chains but I learned how to cross stitch when I was a kid and really enjoyed it. Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot comReplyCancel

  • LJ

    Making paper chains was a necessity (ha!) when I grew up. Decorating for holidays other than Christmas was unusual but we certainly made many chains as garland for the Christmas tree. We had a Christmas tree in our classrooms until high school!! (BUT…I’m not saying how old I am!!!!)ReplyCancel

  • I loved (and still love) to cross stitch when I was younger.ReplyCancel

  • Kay

    So easy and makes a nice change from bunting too which everyone has right now in England. As a child I used to love to make flowers out of raffia and wool on a special little loom/tool/grid thing. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway too.ReplyCancel

  • Really cute project – did you ever make the chains out of gum wrappers like Big Red?? Now thats a nlast from the past :)Thanks for the giveaway chance!!ReplyCancel

  • My favorite childhood craft was crochet. I stars when I was five. I always had tons of odds and ends from my mom and her friends. A favorite project was a crocheted bracelet I made out of a string of seed beads when I was 10.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa E

    These are adorable! We used to make paper chains when I was a child but these are so much better since they won’t fall apart or rip!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Ashcraft

    Great idea. I remember making some kind of chain out of gum wrappers. Would love to win.ReplyCancel

  • The bunting is great!
    I used to love my Knitting Nancy!ReplyCancel

  • I loved paper macheReplyCancel

  • Judy C in NC

    Being of a certain age – LoL – I definitely remember doing paper chains and we also made woven hearts out of ribbon. Thanks for your wonderful tutorial using fabric and for the opportunity to win a very nice prize. Judy CReplyCancel

  • Jan

    I would love to win the Havana fabric, it’s so cute!ReplyCancel

  • I love your bunting! I made a banner bunting, but I didn’t bother with the interfacing; I just used fusible inside. Your method is very useful, and very beautifully photographed! My bunting is here: http://gefiltequilt.blogspot.com/2013/01/bunting-on-brain-arm-neck-etc.htmlReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Very Cute and love the fabric!ReplyCancel

  • Great tutorial! As a kid I loved latch hook and shrinky dinks! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • What a great idea! I loved making paper chains as a child. Definitely want to try it with fabric!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I loved making paper chains in school, and wanted to put them on our Christmas tree! Thanks for the cute idea!ReplyCancel

  • I made paper chains when I was a kid. But, I’m loving this idea because it seems to me it would last a lot longer than paper would.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn

    I love this idea! I think they would be great fun to make and display!ReplyCancel

  • Becky Greene

    Such a cute project! I made paper chains, but just stapled the ends… I also loved making clover chains in the summer.ReplyCancel

  • ylmommyx4

    I liked cutting paper dolls and snowflakesReplyCancel

  • What a creative quilter you are. This tutorial actually brings back memories of making popcorn chains for the Christmas tree. Thank you for sharing the tutorial and for giving all of your followers a chance to win all those lovely fat quarters. What a wonderful warm quilt this would make.

    Sandi Timmons

  • I did make paper chains at Christmas, and I loved weaving potholders and making friendship bracelets. Thanks for the tutorial! I’m going to make some fabric chains to decorate my sewing room. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • This is very cute, I always liked the look of the paper chains we made for Christmas in elementary school (and it made me sad to tear off and throw away the links!-this one you don’t have to!) Thanks for the chance to win, it’s hard to beat a great Mona Luna design!ReplyCancel

  • This is super cute! My favorite childhood craft….knitting. I loved knitting so much when I was younger, and I love it even more now 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!


  • Emmers

    I love my sewing time like crazy, but the fact that their is no sewing involved in this fabric chain is thrilling! I remember my mom teaching me how to make friendship bracelets 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Annmarie

    My siblings & I used to make chains out of red & green construction paper for our Christmas tree. But what a cute idea to make them from fabric too. My favorite childhood craft was making pot holders on a little square loom using a crochet hook to weave the stretchy loop thru. I made tons of pot holders. Thanks for the chance to win some awesome fabric.ReplyCancel

  • What a great way to use scraps! I can see my daughter wanting one of these for her room. I loved to do crafts a a kid – remember tissue paper stained glass?? I also did cross stitch from about the age of 8 or 9…ReplyCancel

  • Michele T

    When I was about 9 years old I used to make cartoon booklets for my sister’s boyfriends! EEK! I had contests and giveaways and crafty prizes too! Two of the recipients still have the cartoon booklets but I am nervous to see just how geeky I was! heheheReplyCancel

  • You are amazing! Thanks for the great tutorial. I loved paper chains when I was little. I was also very much into folding my notes into fancy little designs before giving them to my friends. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Chris Enokson

    I wasn’t sold until i saw that they could be assembled and disassembled for storage, actually wanting to do this.

  • I always love cross stitching with my grandmother.ReplyCancel

  • Did you ever make your own special envelopes as a kid? First you take an envelope apart and use it as a pattern; find a really interesting magazine or catalog page, and cut it in the envelope shape, glue it the same way the original envelope was glued, and add a white label for the address.ReplyCancel

  • bigmamaquilts

    Paper Chain people were my favorite! I never would have considered wonder-under… I’ll have to give my chain peeps a go 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Love this! Would be cute on the Christmas tree, too. My Mom used to come to school and do art projects with us. One of my favorites was a sugar egg, made in a mold, at Easter time that we decorated. Ah the memories…ReplyCancel

  • Oh, I would love to win this- thank you! My favorite craft as a child was making “pop-up” cards- birds whose mouths opened to see a special message. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • buntyw

    I used to love making paper chains! we used to make paper houses and lanterns from gummed paper squares too!
    gillwatson at mailbox dot co dot ukReplyCancel

  • Linda


  • My sister and I made yards and yards of corked, knitted tubes (we called it corking, I’m not sure what else it might be called) that we rolled into doll rugs and hot pads. Every Christmas for the first 12 years of my kids’ lives we made paper chains to drape across our living room windows. I always had an endless supply of construction paper for this, but in the last few years we’ve fallen off the bandwagon. Now I do have an endless supply of fabric, and I love your design with the ‘store flat’ option and re-usable fabric! Thanks for the tute!ReplyCancel

  • Patti

    Just discovered your blog and so glad I did. I love your fabric chain. As a preschool Special Education teacher for 35 years we made paper chains and hung them all around the room. The kids loved them and so did I!ReplyCancel

  • When I was a kid, I learned how to make balloon animals from a book — that was fun!

    Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Deborah French

    My childhood favorite craft had to be using my Mom’s sewing scraps to make “things”. They might be doll clothes, or just some strange item I dreamed up! What fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    What a clever way to use up scraps! I love it! It brings back fond memories of making these as a child. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • That is such a great project! I did make paper chains when I was a kid and have made them recently with my daughters.ReplyCancel

  • Rebeckah

    We used to color with Dad and hang up the pictures as decorations across the middle of the room.ReplyCancel

  • RuthK

    I remember making paper chains with gum wrappers. And necklaces with drops of melted candle wax.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie

    I did make the paper chains. The craft I remember most is making these calenders and little paper peices to count down to Christmas. Our family is not that crafty lol! Thanks for the giveaway!!ReplyCancel

  • Lori Morton

    Cool idea!!! Yep…made paper chains when little…used comics from Sunday paper! lol Fun! 🙂 Also loved makin’ chains with clover flowers in the Summer…necklaces, bracelets, and hair crowns! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Nice idea, I made paperchains a long time ago. I think I was 6 years old.ReplyCancel

  • KarenH

    I used to do all kinds of crafts as a kid. I made posters for my friends and did the bulletin boards at my elementary school.
    Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Anita

    What a cute project! Thanks for sharing and the giveaway 🙂ReplyCancel

  • I love that fabric! I used to always make yarn pom pom balls and flowers out of kleenexes instead of tissue paper.

  • Cute project! I remember making those woven pot holders with the elastics.ReplyCancel

  • Not sure, but I loved to draw. And after learning to cross-stitch, knit and crochet, I did that too.

  • Jen Rutherford

    I liked to cross-stitchReplyCancel

  • Judith

    My mom taught me to embroider at an early age, and I loved it. That and sewing clothes for my dolls. Thanks for the chance to win such pretty fabric.ReplyCancel

  • I am seriously impressed that you figured out how to make them from fabric lol… I used to glue them so would have never thought of the slits method…ReplyCancel

  • Kathy MacKie

    Yes, there was paper chains in my childhood and once I could sew i made barbie doll clothes, thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Ella

    I was an early knitter. It’s amazing what you can fabricate out of rectangles.ReplyCancel

  • Ann

    I was a great gluer of popsicle sticks and old holiday cards. Quilting is a far more useful craft! Thanks for the great tutorial.ReplyCancel

  • I did anything I could get my hands on!
    thanks for the giveawayReplyCancel

  • Lori Smanski

    this is very clever, thanks for the tutorial. this is a great give a way. thanks for a chance to win. I would love to sit with my mom or grandma. they taught me to sew. i started with simple clothees for my doll Twiggy. gradually getting to more complicated clothes. then on to clothes for myself. i have been sewing ever since.ReplyCancel

  • nikitasmith

    thanks for the giveaway..I use to love paper mache.ReplyCancel

  • This chain is great!

    I loved to draw on a thick foil with a pen and extrude a lovely picture. after we glue it on a card and gave it to our mums. She loved it and I am sure it was on the board for ages.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for your giveaway! I grew up in a family of crafters so did lots of them… the first I can remember is embroidering stamped tea towels.ReplyCancel

  • Amy in UK

    Love the giveaway – wow!! Childhood craft memory – making a tin can pencil pot for Father’s Day using crazy shiny gold and black wallpaper! Dad still has it and uses it, 30++ years later!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathrynn

    What a great idea, thanks for sharing. I loved paper mache and sewing when I was a kid (I still do)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite craft as a kid was sewing, specifically pillows. Love to cut the fabric in all kinds of shapes and then stuff them with fiberfill. Come to think of it, whatever happened to all those teeny tiny pillows?ReplyCancel

  • Maria Jantz

    I liked origami and making paper snowflakes when I was young.ReplyCancel

  • YES! I made paper chains! and this shop is in my backyard…I will definitely check it out!ReplyCancel

  • I loved paper chains when I was a kid. Also I made gum wrapper chains.ReplyCancel

  • We didn’t make paper chains but my mom did have us string cherrios, I think it was her way of keeping us occupied.ReplyCancel

  • goonyburd

    We made paper chains for Christmas, but my favorite craft was the loom to make potholders!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    Super cute idea, thanks for the tutorial:)ReplyCancel

  • Becky Wilson Nichols

    My favorite childhood craft was making robot costumes out of grandma’s paper grocery bags. I don’t know why, but it was fun for me!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Hamilton Thackaberry

    Latch hook and making potholders with the cotton loops… Fun thing is I just taught my daughter to use a potholder loom and she loves it! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • I did macrame as a child.ReplyCancel

  • Pat V.

    Thanks for sharing this, it brings back memories of homemade Christmas tree decorations! When I was a kid, we had these little metal looms, sort of a square with a row of teeth around the edges. You wove these things that looked like fabric rubber bands, but not as stretchy — I can’t remember what this was called exactly, but I used to spend hours with it!ReplyCancel

  • I actually made fabric “paper” chains for the Christmas holidays!

  • What a great tutorial! I remember making paper chains when I was a kid 🙂 Thanks for the cute giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Tamie

    Love the bundle. I did all kinds of things as a child- macrame, quilling, decoupage, these dipped flower things and I’m sure there were more.ReplyCancel

  • Besides paper chains, I loved doing anything with yarn and sewing. I made what seems like a zillion pompom creatures. Thanks for a great giveaway and an adorable craft idea!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa F.

    I loved to make paper trees out of newspapers because I lived in Phoenix and there isn’t many around.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen

    I too made paper chains- especially at Christmas time! Never thought to use fabric. Thanks for the tutorial!!
    Also made lots of paper snowflakes in my day too!!!ReplyCancel

  • stipplequilt

    What a fun project! I used to love to play with paper dolls when I was a child.ReplyCancel

  • JD Little

    As a little girl I would hand stitch doll clothes for my Little Kiddles. I really liked that. I guess that’s why I love fabric and thread.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for sharing the fun tutorial, I hope I have time to give it a try soon. We used to love to make paper doll clothes for our paper dolls. We thought we were great fashion designers.ReplyCancel

  • Rose

    How cute!
    My favourite crafts as a kid was cutting paper dolls, and making extra clothes, by colouring and drawing. I also liked making paper chains.ReplyCancel

  • Chriss Jasper

    Just fabulous. I made these as a child both at home and school. Fabulous decorations and so recycle friendly and all the family can be involved. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Sparks

    I fondly remember making paper chains as a child. You have given me an idea of what to do with my scraps. I have a lot of Christmas fabric scraps. Hmmm. . . .ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth in VA

    Yes, Yes! Being a child of the 40’s, our Christmas tree was never without red & green paper chains we made in school! Thanks for the memory and the fabric tutorial 🙂ReplyCancel

  • MeredithV

    I love that you can un-assemble the chain for “flat” storage, that was such a clever idea! I loved making pot holders with my plastic loom and lanyard key chains.ReplyCancel

  • Joanna

    I made paper chains, but not in fabric. Yours look great. I liked playing with fabric and yarn, even as a kid, so most of my crafts was very poor tries at making something from those materials.ReplyCancel

  • kathy h

    I never made paper chains as a kid but did with my kids. One thing we made when we were little was furniture and toys out of clay for our little dolls.ReplyCancel

  • I always loved going to the paint your own pottery store.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon P

    Thanks for the cute tutorial and giveaway – my favorite craft as a child was embroideryReplyCancel

  • Deborah

    As a child I had a pot holder loom…that was my favorite craft.

    pinkscissorsdesign @gmail .comReplyCancel

  • I loved making anything I could. I always tried everything! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Ellen M.

    I liked doing cross-stitch. And of course, making paper chains at Christmas! Many thanks for the tutorial and giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Ramona M.

    I made paper chains as a kid usually at Christmas time. I also loved kits to make any craft. I loved making doll clothes and pot holders. Love the fabric chain.ReplyCancel

  • I made paper chains when I was growing up. Not sure what craft was my favorite–sewing, knitting, drawing? They were all at the top of my list. Thanks for the opportunity to win!ReplyCancel

  • Silvia

    Great tutorial, thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie Pfrimmer

    What a neat idea…I remember cutting out paper dolls mainly Betsy Mc
    calls in the magazine. Thanks for the chance to win..bpfrimmer@yahoo.comReplyCancel

  • Great idea! A favorite childhood craft of mine was definitely building miniatures for my dolls! Little furniture, little dishes, houses, etc. Thanks for the chance to win. featheredneststudio [at] gmail [dot] comReplyCancel

  • Kathy McKellogg

    I loved coloring and painting! I also remember making handprints in kindergarten that we gave to our parents for Christmas. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • This is a fun tutorial! As a kid I remember making chewing gum wrapper chains, too, but before that I liked making pot holders from those loops that you wove over a little loom. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • What an awesome idea! I love this, it would be great to do with kids too! My favorite craft as a girl was cross-stitch, with tiny little kits from the craft store, nothing too complicated lol! Thanks for the great giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn

    My favorite craft when I was growing up was sewing! I was making my own clothes when I was ten.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Sherman

    I totally remember paper chains! I also remember making Christmas trees out of reader’s digest, and stringing popcorn for the tree.ReplyCancel

  • Pam S

    The chain just makes me smile! Thanks so much for this bit of childhood nostalgia. And what a great holiday decorating idea. And thanks Lima Sews for the giveaway. My favorite childhood craft was macaroni pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Walsh

    So cute and thinking this would be so fun to make with my granddaughter.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Speary

    This is a great tutorial. Thanks for the giveaway and the memories.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I loved making these out of paper as a kid. What a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Fran

    Thanks for the great tutorial, it took me straight back to my childhood as I was a huge fan of paper chains & was forever making them. I also made lots of friendship bracelets. I’d love to make your fabric chain bunting to make use of my scraps in a way that means I’g get to enjoy them all over again.ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlin M

    I love those fabrics. I did use to make paper chainsReplyCancel

  • Cheri

    I love these new patterns/prints that are coming out..so many amazing prints!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Angerer

    I did make paper chains, and I also made necklaces out of clover. I started sewing when I was 8 so I made doll clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren aka Giddy99

    Such a cute bunting! Any thing that involved crayons, scissors and/or glue was my favorite craft as a kid.ReplyCancel

  • mary maben

    I used to love making those paper chains to count down to Christmas but as a child i loved to make anything and everything and I still do lolReplyCancel

  • My favorite childhood craft was seed art – making pictures using different kinds of seeds glued to cardboard.ReplyCancel

  • Anda

    I made paper chains only at Christmas with red, white and green construction paper. My favourite craft as a child was sewing things using felt and a buttonhole stitch…. awolk at rogers dot comReplyCancel

  • Mary Burn

    We make paper chains with our first names on it for young men in prison. We let them know that we are praying for them. We have a team that goes to the prison and hangs the chains around the activity room. The team says it is very emotional at times.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy

    My favorite childhood craft was embroidery. My Grandmas both taught me how. I also learned the basics of crochet and knitting from them.ReplyCancel

  • Shauna T

    I loved paper chains as a kid, but my favorite craft was cross stitch and embroidery, it seemed so grown up to get to use a needle.ReplyCancel

  • Carla G

    What a great tutorial! I learned to crochet & knit from my grandma when I was quite young. And then I made clothes & scarves for my barbies & stuffys. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • As I child I embroidered and knitted, my grandmother taught me. I still do both. The chain is great fun and the give away is lovely, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Williams

    I love how your way lets you store it flat afterwards, the only paper chains were ever made when we were kids involved a stapler and later on the trash can…ReplyCancel

  • Well, there was a time when I made little felt clothes for my trolls. Now I’m really dating myself by confessing this, but what the heck. I love how your project stores flat . . . a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Ptcquilter

    We made paper chains to decorate the Christmas tree. As a child I made lots of pot holders with premade fabric loops and a square weaving loom.ReplyCancel

  • Linda R.

    Thanks for a chance to win this adorable fabric! I too remember making paper chains as a kid.ReplyCancel

  • I love this tutorial!
    My favorite craft when I was a kid was making popcorn garland for the Christmas tree – too fun!
    Thank you for the chance at the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Sara Stetson

    I always enjoyed gluing things and using glitter. Heck, I still do!

    sara_stetson at yahoo.comReplyCancel

  • Wonderful tutorial, and yes, we made lots of fabric chains, and Kleenex flowers! Thank you for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Cecilia

    Cute project! My favorite was crocheting. My Great Grandmother taught me when I was 10.ReplyCancel

  • Julianne

    We did alot of Latch hook rugs when we were kids, we used to draw our own designs…ReplyCancel

  • I love the fabric chain for any holiday decoration. Thank you! My fav holiday craft was making potholders with loom kits, lol. Here’s one I made when I was 12 – just found at my mom’s house recently (and still in use!): http://www.sincerelystacy.com/2013/01/i-recently-saw-this-at-my-moms-house.htmlReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I used to love making those chains out of gum wrappers. Oh, and the tissue flowers. Ah, the memories!ReplyCancel

  • auntiethesis

    As a child I was the queen of the pot holder. They sold these kits with stretchy fabric loops and a plastic loom. I think I made every female member in my family a dozen pot holders each, my mom had to keep buying more bags of loops for me.
    shel704 at aol dot comReplyCancel

  • I loved Paper Dolls!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    I loved to make endless friendship bracelets, and recently found a small bag full of ungifted ones in a cupboard. It was such a sweet reminder of sitting with the top knot safety pinned to my jeans and working away! Thanks so much for the chance to win 🙂ReplyCancel

  • vicki seals

    Paint by number pictures, among a lot of other crafts.I think I changed my mind on a yearly basis! lol Thanks for the giveawawy. vickise at gmail dot comReplyCancel

  • Renee G

    The first craft that I remember doing was a small cross stitch sampler.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Cassie

    Great tutorial….one of my favorite childhood crafts was straw painting…remember blowing through a drinking straw to move paint around the paper to create your masterpiece?ReplyCancel

  • usairdoll

    What a great tutorial, love all the photos! How neat that the rings can be undone, stored and reused, clever! My Mom taught and encouraged us to do different crafts, as we were not allowed to just sit in front of the tv, hehe. I tried lots of different things but I loved sewing and crocheting the best. I even still have a bedspread I made in 1976.

    Thank you and Lima Sews Fabric Shop for an awesome and generous giveaway and a chance to win. Such fun fabric and 16 FQs!


  • Chiska

    I don’t know that this is truly a craft, but we made “cups” from leaves. We’d bend the stem into a handle and it would really hold water.ReplyCancel

  • I loved painting and cutting paper. hugs AlessandraReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    Making paper chains out of fabric is such a great idea! Now I really want to make some for our Christmas tree!
    When I was a kid, my mom was super crafty, and we would do all kinds of things together! My favorite, though, was cross-stitching. (I also really liked those plastic beads that you would iron together into a shape. I don’t know what they were called, but they were so cool!)
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • jess carleton

    So cute. Makes me wonder if fabric would work for making those little paper beads into necklaces…ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Schiedel

    Always looking for cute projects for my scraps! Love the little birds in the fabric bundle! Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Nichole

    I was totally into those latch hook rugs/wall hangings as a kid ! My daughter makes color appropriate paper chains for each holiday for her room 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Great idea! I used to love making these with paper, but never thought to use fabric!ReplyCancel

  • mary burnette

    Love these fabric chains I remember doing thiese from construction paper years ago and remember the necklaces from the gum wrappers? this would be a great project to do with my 13 year old grand daughter! Mary

  • Paige W.

    Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite craft as a child was always making paper dolls.ReplyCancel

  • Tulsa King

    The chain is absolutely adorable….and it (almost) makes me want to dig out scissors and construction paper for my preschooler!ReplyCancel

  • I loved saving fruit seeds for stringing them as necklaces.ReplyCancel

  • Alice R.

    I loved doing the old stamped cross stitch kit although I wasn’t very good at it – so I’m doing some now!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Orozco

    I started sewing at the age of seven, and I made a ton of clothes for my dolls, my childhood craft. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • fenna

    LOL I have a paper chain hanging up right now in my kitchen for my sons 1st birthday last week (I’m a little slow taking such things down)ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl B

    My favorite childhood craft was making dresses for my paper dolls out of the colorful pages of magazines and catalogs.ReplyCancel

  • Lovely fabric! Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • I made these out of paper for Christmas. I loved making Sindy clothes as a child.ReplyCancel

  • My favorite was yarn wrapped around popsicle sticks to make God’s Eyes.ReplyCancel

  • This is a super cute idea! Yes I remember making paper chains, and paper airplanes out of newspaper, and bracelets or necklaces out of intertwined dandelions. There are probably a million others …ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for sharing. Mine was making collages from magazines and hanging them on my walls.ReplyCancel

  • Trina

    My favorite craft was coloring. I would doodle and color the doodles in.

  • Lizzie

    I was trtong to remember my favorite kid craft but I just saw the big red gum wrapper chains! I also liked to color with the fashion plate kit, and I made a lot of watercolor pools of blue, green, and purple.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Emmens

    Gorgeous tutorial Lindsey, thanks for sharing. Yes I made paper chains when I was little and last Christmas my 8yr old made some from a craft book she had – great funReplyCancel

  • What a cute craft! My favorite childhood craft was making potholders on a little plastic loom. I used to make them and sell them to neighbors!ReplyCancel

  • HI! My favorite craft was ANYTHING with paper, markers, stickers and glue! I had a little pink plastic suitcase that I carried my supplies in. (And I carried that thing everywhere!)

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂


  • I loved making paperdolls and clothes for them

  • Angela

    I used to make paper chains all the time when I was little. The craft that I would work on year round were paper snow flakes. I loved trying different types and would cut them out whenever I was bored. Thank you for the tutorial. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lynne

    Thanks for sharing this fun tutorial.
    One of my favorite childhood crafts was making and decorating my own doll houses.
    Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • I remember making paper chains in early school, but I did everything with paper, made my own paper dolls with tin foil mirros for them, made paper food to play with, I really miss being able to amuse myself that easily!ReplyCancel

  • patti

    I love your fabric chain! I want to make that with my grandson! My favorite craft (?) was coloring! I loved crayons!!!ReplyCancel

  • I remember making paper chains and these are so cute and festive! One of the first thing I remember making was a woven potholder with scrappy loops of fabric! I was so proud! My Mom used them forever!ReplyCancel

  • Mystica

    Thank you for sharing such fabulous fabric and especially for making it open to overseas readers. Much appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • That’s terrific fabric! The craft that charmed me the most when I was a child was making construction paper Christmas ornaments that sorta were like tiny flat mobiles.ReplyCancel

  • connandvansmom

    That is ingenious to use that seam tape to piece. that would be perfect to use on those selvage strips I recently started saveing..My favorite child hood craft was to make paper dolls out of newsppaer print and out of brown paper bags. the ones from brown paper bags we would decoarte with clothes and glue it on them made from smll scraps. Thanks for a chance to enter the giveaway. Would love to win that fabric … conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)comReplyCancel

  • The childhood craft I remember enjoying was to make a Christmas tree out of a folded magazine. I haven’t tried it since!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    we would make paper chains/friendship chains. A favorite childhood craft of mine was taking sliced fruit (like apples) and using them as paint stamps.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda G.

    So maybe not kindergarten, but a little bit older I really enjoyed yarn hook projects!ReplyCancel

  • We had a stencil set for paperdolls. That was my Favorite craft!ReplyCancel

  • Diann Cornell

    I made paper chains as a child. I also made paper lantern. Such fun times.
    I especially like that your project can be disassembled. I know how easily things can get squashed in storage and this way it takes less space. Very practical.ReplyCancel

  • Karissa

    I have to make these! My kids will love it! We can make some for every holiday, they’ll be thrilled!

    I used to make paper chains, paper snow flakes – my mom used to buy me these books of different villages and stuff to color and cut out and put together, I LOVED those!ReplyCancel

  • hayley

    such a cute craft project!ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    Great project! Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • M

    I think I made these with paper long long time ago:) how nostalgic….ReplyCancel

  • Meghan N

    I would have never thought to use fabric to make a paper chain!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Stevens

    What a great idea, simple to make and something to cheer up my craft areaReplyCancel

  • Bernie S

    I made God’s eyes with yarn and sticks from the yard when I was a kid. My mother didn’t knit, so I was always scrounging bits of yarn from my aunt.ReplyCancel

  • I dont remember doing any crafts when I was young (does that tell you my age) I remember picking cotton with my parents and being too tired to do anything when we got home.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa E

    I did macrame, string art, paper dolls, rug hooking, and embroidery as a young girl. Still love embroidery! Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    I loved crafts when I was a kid. Any day at school with a craft was a good one for me. Of course, lots of paper chains. I also liked making things with tissue paper or glitter.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Definitely made my share of paper chains as a kid…now for the fabric version…LOVE it.ReplyCancel

  • Pam C

    I used to crochet as a kid.ReplyCancel

  • roccagal

    i always loved and still do luv, making paper snowflakes!ReplyCancel

  • Steff Falkenstein

    I Loved cross stitch when I was younger. And, yes, we made paper chains all the time as classroom decorations!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Lovely idea, thank you! I loved the little pot holder loom!ReplyCancel

  • Debra P

    I have always like paper dolls. Thx for the tutorial and chance.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Thanks, organic fabric makes me happy! As a kid I was way into cross stitch, clearly haven’t strayed too far!ReplyCancel

  • Sobana Sundar

    Hey I have to admit – this valentine project is the most attractive one that I have seen so far. It does entail more work than i thought though.ReplyCancel

  • Martha Cook

    brought back memories. favorite child game (too long ago), paper dolls. marthaReplyCancel

  • Love this. I always made paper chains for Christmas to count down the days. I love making Valentine’s Collages with the kids.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Higginbotham

    I like your blog, creative ideas to try!ReplyCancel

  • Your fabric chain is so cute and very clever cutting for the closures! I loved sewing doll clothes as a child. My mom also knitted teeny tiny sweaters for Barbie too!ReplyCancel

  • We made paper chains for our Christmas tree every year and saved them. We would add to it each year. Soon, it took over the whole tree. It took all four of us kids to wrestle the chain around and around the tree. It was the most exciting part of Christmas for us. We laid it out and it ran three times the length of the living room down the hall and back. Pretty darn long!ReplyCancel

  • lynaeve

    mine was coloring. thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    I was always trying new crafts as a kid but kept coming back to stitching – embroidery, cross stitch, etcReplyCancel

  • Hey, can you make bigger wonder-under-ed double-sided panels and cut them apart AFTER you iron them? Was wondering if it worked, kindof like doubling a recipe.
    OK, so I dont think I ever made paper chains as a kid, but I did like stringing Fruit Loops to make necklaces (and garland). Of course, the best part of that was you got to eat them!!!ReplyCancel

  • DebbieKL

    Neat idea! I enjoyed cross stitching.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    Yes, I have made lots of paper chains and now I teaching my girls!! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Thank you for the great giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful fabric! I was always a big fan a finger painting 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Maeve

    Love making paper chains, especially with grandchildren! This fabric chain is clever and colorful – I really like it. My favorite thing to do when I was a child was drawing, lots and lots of drawing.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen C-Y

    What a cute idea! The fabric is adorable too! Lets see, I remember learning cross stitch on an old sampler my mom had, which kept me entertained during those summer storms that I still love today. Maybe that’s why. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Shar F.

    I loved to make construction paper hearts in different sizes and write messages all over them.ReplyCancel

  • Galatina

    Use to love making paper chains with my granny. But also making the marzipan fruits for everyone at Christmas. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • I wasn’t really crafty as a kid, but I loved to draw. Thx for the giveaway!!ReplyCancel

  • becky derry

    Who isn’t crazy about chains loved making them with my son.My favorite childhood craft is more the memory of my grandma letting me “help” make clothes for my dolls.Thank-you for the great give away chance.BeckyReplyCancel

  • cnuland

    The only craft I really remember doing when I was little was embroidery and cross stitch – neither of which I’ve done for years. My mother and aunt tried to teach me to sew but I never had the patience, which is why I’m trying to pick it up now.ReplyCancel

  • Lyn

    That’s a cute project! My favorite childhood craft, believe it or not, was origami….as a small child I was given three children’s books on origami and some paper, and I loved them! (And I still do origami, many years later…)ReplyCancel

  • What a cute no sew project! I can’t wait to try it with my nieces.ReplyCancel

  • Jen Styles

    Great project and as a kid I loved making paper snowflakes.ReplyCancel

  • Evelyn

    Yummy fabrics! I especially like the birds.ReplyCancel

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  • Dennis

    My grandkids will love making a chain with me. The fabrics are just what I need. Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Michèle Linden

    We did some paperchains for carneval in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. I enjoyed doing them and we’re going to do some with the grands now that you reminded me of a forgotten craft and thanks a lot for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Glenda Thomas

    I love the a paper chains. I’ve never used fat quarters. Would like to try them.ReplyCancel

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  • Debbie Fioranelli

    I love this fabric chain! I remember making these out of construction paper when I was in elementary school and then again when I was an elementary school teacher! Seems those paper chains used to be a staple in the classroom. Not so much these days! Thank you for updating this wonderful memory with fabric! Great idea!ReplyCancel

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