We have a winner! Congratulations Barbara C. Your rag wreath is on its way!
On our very first Craft Night years and years ago, I coerced all participants to make rag wreaths. Now, some didn’t share my enthusiasm, but let me tell you, I’ve made FOUR of these bad boys. Mainly because they are super easy to make… and… I went overboard with gathering fabric for this project.
This does prove to be a great project to complete with friends because you can share fabric and really diversify the colors in your wreath.
-Assorted fabric to be cut in strips- (Note: I would give you an estimate about the amount of fabric needed for this wreath, but the surplus of leftover fabric strips from this project does not attest to my estimation skills.. I can tell you that you could probably buy a yard of fabric total and be fine. You can buy fabric by any increment. You could also buy the quilting packs of fabric (My good friend Carrie just bought two packs of quilting squares, and her wreath is so dear).
-A Wire Hanger (The Mommy Dearest reference is too obvious, no?)
-Assorted Ribbon of coordinating colors of wreath (optional)
-Cut/tear your fabric into strips of about 1 1/2″-2″ by 6″-8″ (Sorry for the range, but you don’t have to be precise) Also, as you can tell, I tore my fabric. It was easier, hence that was the road I chose to take.
- Shape your hanger into a circle (leave the hook– it makes a lovely…well, hook).
- Take your strips and tie them in knots on your hanger.
-Keep tying those knots.
-Fluff and scrunch
Don’t get discouraged. It might seems like an endless project, and at times, you may think that it looks horrible, but just keep tying and scrunching your knots close together.
My good friend Gayle was quite efficient with this craft. She lined up her different stacks of fabric, and went to town. She scrunched and shifted at the end, instead of fluffing and scrunching every couple knots like I did. Gayle is smart like that.
This is also a fine craft for our younger friends (read: Kiddos). They can practice their fine motor skills and even the concept of patterns (that’s if you want your fabrics to be in a patterned order).
That’s it, folks.
After all those knots, you will have a pretty cute wreath, or in my case 4 wreaths…
The rag wreath has endless possibilities.
Check out Carrie’s cute pastel Easter cutie:
Or Rona’s Redskins fan wreath:
And then, my good friend Sarah wowed us all with an upscale monochromatic rag wreath. She used burlap, so naturally I’m in love.
Sarah used a wire wreath form, so her wreath is fuller and more substantial. She’ll also tell you it took more time (But totally worth it).
She made these cute felt shamrocks and a miniature “Lu cky” banner to make it festive.
Isn’t Sarah’s wreath gorgeous?
In the spirit of St. Patrick’s day luck, teachlovecraft is holding its very first freebie. Who will be lucky enough to win the Springtime Rag wreath I just made?
Want it? Well there are 7 ways to enter to win this little Ragtime Beaut: