I’ve always wanted to make a wreath out of fabric scraps but haven’t taken the time. This patriotic fabric wreath tutorial will help you make your own at home. It’s easy but a little time consuming. Don’t want to make one for 4th of July? No worries. You can make one for just about any season with coordinating fabric. Here’s what you’ll need to make this wreath.
- 3+ yards of fabric (I say plus because I used a little bag of scraps that I had leftover from dance nationals last year)
- One 18″ wire wreath form
- Pinking shears
First, you’ll want to cut your material. To create the edges and make it easier for myself, I folded all the fabric in half and cut around all the edges first. Then I cut it in half again and started to cut my strips. For this project, I cut the majority of the strips the same size, however to give your wreath some depth, you can cut different sizes and widths.
Next, I set everything out on the table to come up with a plan. My leftover strips were the same colors but there weren’t a lot of them and there were four different patterns so I decided to use them as filler.
Next, start tying. I began with the red polka dots, then blue strips, followed by the nautical pattern. To make sure that the patterns are seen, I folded each piece in half lengthwise and then tied it around the form.
Here’s what the back side of the wreath looks like after a few rows. Notice how I pushed the knots closely together to ensure that I’d have a full wreath.
Continue tying until you get the desired fullness that you like. I’m not going to lie to you. Tying was tedious so very quickly I discovered the need to watch TV while I tied and after a while I tied standing up at the kitchen table so I wasn’t sitting so much. The result though was worth it. Here’s a close up of the wreath.
And, here’s the finished product. I love how it turned out and just like my flip-flop wreath, it’s much too pretty to put outside and get ruined. Here’s the good news? It just happens to be our dance studio colors so it’s about to become an amazing gift for Rosie’s favorite dance teacher, Carrie.
Have you made a fabric wreath before? What kind of handy tips would you add?