Halloween Fabric Scrap Garland Tutorial

Halloween Scrap Garland Tutorial | DuctTapeAndDenim.comToday I’m going to share another easy project – my fabric scrap garland tutorial.

Several years ago we started seeing these scrap garlands and I loved them but they were all tied.  Cute, but they took a LONG time to tie.  Jordy and I would tear fabric and watch our favorite TV shows while we tied.  I think we still have a few down in Texas that are stored with our Antique Alley decorations.

Then when I got my birthday present last year — a sewing machine! — I thought I could save a lot of time by sewing the scraps instead of tying them.  Plus I could use all shapes and sizes of scraps instead of just long thin ones.  First I made a red and purple scrap garland for my sister.

Black, white, and cream fabric scrap garland or banner tutorial on DuctTapeAndDenim.comThe ones in these photos were made of black, white, and cream scraps of fabric, lace, seam binding, and tulle.

First I cut the fabric into strips about 1-1.5″ wide.  Then I cut them and all the trims into 4″-6″ pieces.

I used a zig-zag stitch to sew them onto long pieces of twill tape.  Someone just asked me last week if it took a long time to pin all of them to the tape.  Well, no… actually I didn’t even pin them.  I just stacked each trim together and picked one at a time out of the stacks as I was sewing.

Fabric scrap banner on my Room With a Past shelf | DuctTapeAndDenim.comHere is one of the garlands on my shelf at Room With a Past, with my HAPPY FALL banner in front of it.

And below is a photo of one of them hanging over my shelf at Paris Flea Market along with my Vintage BINGO Card Banner.  Fabric scrap banner in my Paris Flea Market booth | DuctTapeAndDenim.com


Easy Texas Gumbo Recipe

Easy Texas gumbo and other soup and stew recipes on DuctTapeAndDenim.comOK, if you’re from Louisiana you should probably stop reading right now.  This is my super easy gumbo recipe.  What makes it easy is that you don’t have to make a roux.  I’ve been told this should be called “Texas Gumbo” because of that reason but I can’t find any information online to know why or if that’s true.  All I know is that it’s easy and it’s GOOD!

Since the word “gumbo” originates from an African word meaning “okra” I don’t mind calling this recipe gumbo even if it doesn’t have a roux.

Webster also defines “gumbo” as “a soup thickened with okra pods or filé and containing meat or seafoods and usually vegetables”.  That still fits this recipe… so here it is:

Easy Texas gumbo recipe.  Other soup, stew, and more recipes on DuctTapeAndDenim.com


  • olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3-4 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 bag frozen red, yellow, green bell peppers (Or you can use fresh.  The frozen bag is cheaper at my store and faster so I use it.)
  • 1 bag frozen sliced okra
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 package turkey sausage, sliced
  • 1-2 chicken breasts
  • shredded carrots (optional – I put them in this time because we’re trying to eat more veggies and I can’t taste them in the gumbo!)
  • 1-2 teaspoons Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning
  • water (to cover and as needed)


  • In a large soup pot, saute the onion and celery in olive oil.
  • Add all the other ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for at least an hour.
  • Remove the chicken breasts, shred, and return to pot.
  • Serve with rice.

See, I told you it was easy.  I can pretty much guarantee you that I’ll never post a complicated recipe on my blog.  You’ll have to go somewhere else for that!

BTW, today is Jordann’s 21st birthday!!!  And tomorrow is my birthday!  Or, rather, the anniversary of my 29th birthday.  So to celebrate we’re offering 29% off your order from our Etsy shop now through October 31, 2014.  Just use the code HAPPYBIRTHDAY at checkout.

See lots more soup and stew recipes (all easy of course!) on my blog and my Food | Soup board on Pinterest.

BOO – Vintage Bingo Card Halloween Banner Tutorial

Vintage BINGO card BOO Banner.  Simple Halloween craft Tutorials on DuctTapeAndDenim.comBINGO cards are just one of the many vintage items I collect.  I pick these up wherever I see them.  This Halloween banner is just my latest BINGO card project. I never realized how many different projects I’ve done with them until I just went back through my photos and blog posts…  This isn’t even half of them!

I also used some of the newer ones to display vintage lace and trims

There were also some Christmas notebooks/albums and some from other events and holidays that I’ll have to upload to the blog later.

Anyway… back to the Halloween banner.  This was pretty simple to make.

BOO - Vintage BINGO card Halloween banner tutorial | DuctTapeAndDenim.comSupplies:


  • Cut letters out of black cardstock.  The ones in this photo were cut out with a Cricut cutting machine but I’ve also cut them free hand.
  • Apply glue to the back of the letter and stick to the BINGO card.  Rub lightly with a bone folder (or just smooth down with your hand).
  • Punch holes in the top corners of the cards.  (Eyelets are optional but will help your banner last longer.  They can be affixed with the Crop-A-Dile.)
  • Run a length of ribbon or seam binding through the holes.
  • Display.

See how easy?!?

This banner was displayed in my RWAP booth and at Paris Flea Market – and sold this last week.

If you want more ideas on how to use vintage BINGO cards in home decor and craft projects, follow my Vintage | Bingo Cards board on Pinterest.

BTW, the Amazon links to supplies in this post are my affiliate links so I will earn a small percentage of any purchases made (helps support my blogging habit!).  But I have found that Amazon is a great place to get craft supplies!  Especially once you get Amazon Prime.  The prices can’t be beat, you don’t have to get out in the traffic, and shipping is quick!  So if I don’t have time to make it to my local craft store, or I need something they don’t carry, Amazon is it!
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Vintage Halloween at Room With a Past

October at Room With a Past | DuctTapeAndDenim.comooooooooooooooooo……This month starts my favorite time at the Room!  Room With a Past is filled with vintage Halloween goodies.  The photo above is my top shelf with a BOO banner made of vintage Bingo cards.  I’ll include a tutorial for that next week.

Remember way back when I found this amazing vintage typewriter at my favorite thrift store?  Well, after 6 years of using it as a fall/Halloween decoration I finally decided to sell it.  So I “typed up” (actually printed on the computer) a portion of “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe and put it on my shelf.   It sold BEFORE the sale even started.  One of the Roomies bought it!

Vintage typewriter at Room With a Past | DuctTapeAndDenim.com

One leftover skull bracelet snuck in to my turquoise and howlite bracelets this month.  Do you see it?

Handmade bracelets at Room With a Past | DuctTapeAndDenim.comI loved the display below.  Especially the chair.

Vintage Halloween at Room With a Past | DuctTapeAndDenim.comJust wondering what’s in the vintage tin below that vaporizes moths?  lol…  You never know what you’ll find at Room With a Past!

Vintage moth vaporizer at Room With a Past | DuctTapeAndDenim.com

Come see me, I’ll be working Saturday from 10-2.

Our Autumn Diet Soup Recipe

Our Autumn Diet Soup Recipe | DuctTapeAndDenim.comI just recently realized how much our eating habits are tied in to our environment.  We usually eat pretty healthy.  If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ve seen many of the salads that I ate this summer.  Heat = I don’t want to cook.  So I end up eating a salad every day during the summer.

I’ve been craving soup for at least a month.  But it’s just been sooooooo HOT here in Northern California!  I’ve made two pots of soup so far.  Both times I had to turn on the ac when I started cooking.

But yesterday was different… it felt cooler… could it be…. it is….. FALL?

I kept hearing rumors of rain.  But when I looked up the forecast it only said 20%.  I’ll take it.

Now to decide what soup to cook.  Well, here’s the other story to how we eat with our environment.  Last weekend we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving since Mark was here with us and missing turkey and stuffing with his family.  Then we had some friends over to watch the baseball playoffs which meant hot dogs, chips, salsa, Cracker Jacks, and more.  THEN a ginormous New York strip steak during a Monday Night Football party.  What were we thinking?

That gave me the answer… I’m making “Diet” Soup!

Big bowl of Diet Soup.  Recipe on the blog. | DuctTapeAndDenim.comI got this recipe a few years ago when I was working in the doctor’s office.  Several of the girls were following the popular fad diet of only eating soup.  I started with that recipe but made changes to fit our tastes.  And I do eat other food besides soup… I can only handle one bowl a day.  :-)

Our Autumn Diet Soup Recipe
Recipe type: Soup
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ bunch celery, chopped
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped, sliced, or grated
  • 14 oz bag frozen sliced red, green, & yellow bell peppers
  • 14 oz bag frozen green beans
  • ½ - 14 oz bag frozen edemame
  • 14 oz can tomatoes (diced or with green chiles)
  • 2-3 potatoes, chopped (optional)
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  1. Saute the onion and celery in the olive oil.
  2. Throw everything else in the pot and bring to a boil.
  3. Turn down to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes to an hour.
  4. Remove chicken, shred, and return.

Speaking of fall… did I ever tell you that I had a Thanksgiving book published?  It’s on sale now through October 21 for HALF PRICE!!!  It’s called “Give Thanks: Thanksgiving Readings for the Family” and is a collection of hymns, stories, poems, and Scriptures for you and your family to read together through the month of November.  It will fit in great if you will be celebrating the 30 Days of Thanksgiving with us!

Lots of other books are on sale, too.  Mosts of my titles are 50% off.  (Yes, I wrote more than one… that was back in our homeschooling days.)  Click on the photo below to see all the titles.

If you’re looking for more soup recipes check the food category on my blog and my Food | Soup board on Pinterest!

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