Whether in a craft room, a living room or a child’s bedroom, these pretty decorative lanterns look lovely strung up in a line or clustered together at different heights.  You can change the print to suit your decor or keep things simple with plain fabrics too.

If you use a stiff enough fabric you can also place them on a tabletop over a battery-powered tea light for a lovely evening glow as the days start to get shorter. (Please do not use regular candles with these will pose a fire hazard.) Hanging up, you could consider stringing through a set of battery powered fairy lights.

Even unlit, I think they look rather lovely hanging from the ceiling and provide a little vertical interest and colour to a plain or papered wall!


here's what you'll need...

  • A selection of fabrics
  • Basic sewing kit: scissors, thread etc.
  • Sewing machine
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters

DIY Fabric Lantern materials

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Cut out your fabrics into rectangles; the size is up to you, but it is nice to mix the sizes a little.


  • 2

    At the top and bottom of your rectangles, make a small fold and press, then fold in again, around a centimetre this time, and press again.


  • 3

    On your sewing machine, stitch along these hems – this is where your wire will feed through, so should therefore have an open channel running along each edge.


  • 4

    Fold your rectangle in half, right sides together, lining up your raw edges and pin. Stitch the edges together on your machine, leaving the hems at both ends unstitched. Press the hem open.


  • 5

    Turn your lantern the right way out, and then feed wire through the channels you created at both ends. Cut the wire when it reaches right round – the 2 ends do not need to meet.


  • 6

    Press open the hem at the each end, and hand stitch. For neatness, you can also put a couple of stitches in the top corners of the hem to attach them to the rim of your lantern.


  • 7

    Finally, if hanging your lanterns, add 3 lengths of thread from the top edge equal distances apart, and join the 3 threads together to hang.


    I think these would be lovely for a wedding, or hanging over a table at a dinner party. What will you use them for?!

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By Caroline Rowland on 02.09.14

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