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I decided to make my own chair ties for this American Girl Party so that I could coordinate the party colors, bring in more of a floral theme, and to incorporate a bit of an old fashioned element. I bought this fabric on Etsy from Christa at Sew Good Fabric.

pioneer chair tie tutorial


1. You will need: fabric, pinking shears, and a ruler. I like to use a quilter’s self healing grid with a lip edge ruler to measure. For fabric I bought Tanya Whelan: Darla Yellow Rosie Dot, Alexander Henry: White Kitty Calico Floral, and Heather Bailey: Pop Garden Rose Peonies. Since these fabrics are already 56″ wide, I based how much I bought on how many ties I wanted to make. My ties measure 7″ x 56″ and one yard make 5 chair ties.
2. I used my quilters ruler to draw a line with a pencil on the back side of the fabric.
3. With my pinking shears I cut along the pencil line. Pinking shears will make it so that the fabric doesn’t unravel.
4. Then I washed the chair ties, dried them, trimmed the extra strings off, and ironed them. I wanted the frayed edges since I was going for a country type look.

I used the fabric scraps to make smaller fabric “ribbons” to tie up the paper favor bags.
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And I bought two other fabrics in different florals to make a coordinating banner, Heather Bailey: Pop Garden Turquoise Pop Daisy & Tanya Whelan: Darla Rose in Fuchsia.

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  1. Aahhhhh, every post you write, I just more and more fab ideas for my daughter’s party! Thank you!

    Jill @ Barnes Yard    Tuesday, August 18, 2009
  2. Hi Brittany ~ What a great tutorial! I’m definitely going to make these using Christmas fabrics for my dining room chairs. All of the fabrics you used are from some of my favorite designers ~~ love the florals ~~ just gorgeous!

    Karen Wilson/lillybelle Designs    Tuesday, August 18, 2009
  3. I love all your party decoration ideas and tutorials!

    Cindy    Thursday, August 20, 2009
  4. Those chair ties are SO pretty! I love this easy idea. I’ll be linking.

    Rachel    Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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