Deck the hall with chains of tartan

Part 2 of our how to make tartan Christmas decorations series and Ali has come up with a these fantastic tartan chains that you could use to decorate your Christmas Tree or anywhere in your house if you felt so inclined. Can you not remember as a child sitting stapling coloured paper or chopped up magazines? It is something of a tradition in Ali's house and this year she has taken it a step further stealing a bag of tartan remnants and returning with miles of multi-coloured chains. Use a single tartan for a co-ordinated look, mix and match your plains and tartans if you want to pick out a particular colour, or just use up all your scraps to create a fantastic mish-mash of colours. Ali should really be using Pride of Scotland Platinum for hers to match her husband's kilt!

What you will need:

  • Plenty of strips of tartan
  • A roll of Wundaweb (or any other heat activated hemming adhesive)
  • An iron
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How to make your tartan chains:

  1. Cut your tartan into strips. I find that strips of about 10 inches in length are best. Also, you will need strips of two different widths, I think 1 inch and 1.5 inches are about right and then you can see plenty of the tartan pattern too. Tartan-Christmas-Decorations
  2. Using your heat activated, adhesive hemming tape, glue the narrower strip onto the wider strip and iron to secure.
  3. Repeat this as many times as you can, the more strips you make, the longer your chain will be. Tartan-Christmas-Decorations
  4. Form the strip into a ring and secure the ends together, you could use staples, glue or thread, it's really up to you.
  5. Feed a second strip through the centre of the ring you just made and then turn this strip into a ring, as above.Tartan-Christmas-Decorations
  6. Repeat this until you have either used up all of you tartan strips or all of your patience.
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