Meet the Sullivans: Spring Rag Wreath

March 6, 2013

Spring Rag Wreath

After I made my very first wreath ever for Owen's birthday I caught the wreath making bug. I started pinning wreaths like crazy. The rag wreath seemed the most versatile and easy to make for a beginner like me. While it was pretty fool proof project it was definitely time consuming, as it took me four whole episodes of Downton Abbey to finish. Anyone else hooked on Downton?


Materials
  • Wire wreath form (mine was 18") 
  • Fabric (I used about 2.5-3 yards)
  • Scissors
Method

The fabric strips are about 1" x 6", which I cut free hand. I eyeballed the length and width--no measuring, no straight edge. I "started" each strip by cutting a little and then tore it the rest of the way. This resulted in straighter strips than when I cut them free hand and was faster than cutting them all the whole way through. 

It took me about two episodes of Downton Abbey to finish cutting the strips. After I cut all of the strips I began tying them onto my wreath. Tying the burlap was the hardest part since it isn't very forgiving. 

I just keep tying them on until it looked full enough to me. The tying part took another two episodes of Downton. 

Tie a pretty ribbon on the top, and you're done! 

A few tips: Next time I would definitely use a smaller (possibly a 12") wreath form--less fabric cutting and less tying = less time spent wreath making. Also, I would probably invest in a rotary cutter.




5 comments:

erin vancura said...

Totally and completely hooked on downton! And I LOVE this wreath!! It's seriously so sweet for spring!

Natasha said...

SOOO cute...i made a big ribbon rag garland for CC's party coming up and i love how the finished products look!

Jen Gordon said...

I love this!! so trying it!

the girl in the red shoes said...

LOVE this! It turned out super cute!

Stephanie Ko said...

So cute! I love your color choices! I'm still working on my Easter wreath...my goal is to have it up by St. Patty's Day ;)