What do I need?
~one yard of your fave fabric
~iron on interfacing
~rotary cutters, straight edge and pinking
Now fold, starting at one short end about ½ to ¾, in accordion style, down the entire length of the fabric strip. Press hard, you want crisp fold line.
It takes a while, a long while...
YAY! Now take thread a needle and stitch close to the top edge of the fabric strip, about in the middle of each fold. NOTE: at the first stitch and last stitch, make sure to make needle entry point very close to fold line.
Once you are through the entire strip, pull (gathering fabric) and stitch closed.
Pin (or clothespin, sorry I got lazy) it in place. Sew a straight stitch along the length of the bias tape where the swag is attached.
Make one, three, five or as many as you like. There are a ton of options. To make them smaller, cut the width of the strip thinner and the length of the strip shorter.
The possibilities are endless. Part two of this will show an accordion star and variations on the swag design.