If you’re ever visiting Puerto Rico during the months of November and December stores across the island will have available traditional jíbaro clothing.  The jíbaro is a symbol of Puerto Rican pride, especially around the holidays. Children dress like jíbaros for school, church, and community programs. 

Representing Puerto Rico at a Children’s International Festival 2015

I’ve dressed my tween a couple of times as a jíbaro for events at his school, our local library, an International Festival here in the US, and for a photo shoot in Puerto Rico.  

With the holidays around the corner,  I’ve been looking for a jíbaro garland to decorate at home.  Sadly, I haven’t found one so I made it myself.   Show your Puerto Rican pride with this D-I-Y felt jibaro garland! 

All you need is 

  • white, red, brown, or beige felt,
  • Scissors
  • hot glue
  • craft yarn (string)
  • Mini jibaro hats 
  • My pattern (available below).  
  • Mini clothespins 

You can download the pattern,  trace with a pencil on the felt, and voila! You can fold the felt, glue for a firmer pattern.  Then you can hang the clothing on the string yarn, and decorate it with bells or anything else that you may have around the home. I decorated my garland with mini bells.

You can cut out as many as you wish to make it as long as you’d like.     If you make the jíbaro garland please tag me on Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/frances.d.evans/  or on Facebook. I’d love to see your creation. 

¡Felices fiestas! 

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Girl’s traditional clothing
Boy’s traditional clothing

Click on the image below to get your free pattern. 

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  1. Thanks…. Olive in Savannah Georgia and this will make my Christmas tree ?☺️?special

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