Sunday, March 04, 2012

Day 3: Rag Wreath

About six years ago I made a cute Christmas wreath out of the recycling bin. I wrapped several small boxes in wrapping paper and glued them to a wreath form. It was cute, but the western sun has done a number on it; it's faded badly. It needs to be replaced. I took this opportunity to make a new one. I had a wire frame and plenty of fabrics so I decided to make this wreath again.

The results:

The secret to making these wreaths look good is using more fabric than you think you can jam on there. Also, there are a lot of tutorials out there for a wreath made with a wire hanger. Those are never going to be full enough. 

I think if I did this again, I might put the white on the inside. Okay, gotta make something for today!


Louise said...

What kind of fabric did you use for this, if you don't mind telling me? I love it! I love watermelons and this would look so good on my kitchen door. Thanks for any help you can give me.

Anna van Schurman said...

Louise, I can't email you, so I hope you see this. It's regular quilting cotton. Cut the strips 1" x 6". (you may see some instructions that are shorter than that, but I found 5" strips too difficult to knot.) Tie them on to the frame with a single knot. Most of the wire frames have four hoops, you could do green, light green, pink and red; add some black fabrics randomly and you'd have your watermelon!

April said...

I love your wreath Anna. Thanks for the instructions you used. I am going to make one for myself.

Mindi said...

Love the wreath! It looks like a great way to use up some the of fabric my mom has in her hoard.

Anonymous said...

Maggie got a card from the White House? Seriously? Is it signed?