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Today I am going to show you how to make a rag wreath. This rag wreath tutorial is one of those easy DIY projects to make in the run up to any holiday. And making a rag wreath is a great way of using up fabric scraps. See how to make a Christmas rag wreath using fabric strips and remnants from other sewing and craft projects.
How To Make Rag Wreaths
My bag of fabric scraps is absolutely overflowing! There is so much that you can make with the remnants of other crafty makes, such as Padded Fabric Christmas Trees, or the fabric left over from clothes I’ve made through the year. So in the spirit of Lagom (sustainability and recycling) I decided that I was going to make a Festive DIY Rag Wreath and use some of my scraps.
Making A Rag Christmas Wreath
Fabric wreaths are such a brilliantly easy project to make in the run up to the festive season! You can coordinate the colors to match your decor. Christmas rag wreaths are perfect for decorating your door or for a bright display.
Unlike the rag rug that I have made before, this rag wreath DIY can be made using woven fabric. I made the rag rug out of just knit jersey fabrics as it won’t fray in use, but because the wreath is a decorative item this should not be such an issue.
My rag wreath fabric is remnants of fabric cut from Christmas projects and dresses that I have made for my daughter and self.
SO would you like to know how to make a DIY fabric wreath? Then read on!
To Make Fabric Wreaths You will need
- A Wire wreath form as a base – I used this double ring wreath frame, but you can use an old wire coat hanger bent to a circle with the hook cut off.
- Some fabric remnant strips. I cut mine to be about 4cm by 20cm (1.5 inch strips by 8 inches) I ended up needing about 140 pieces in total. You could also use fat quarters cut up into fabric strips or even wide ribbon. A fat quarter will give you a yield of around 25 strips.
- Pinking shears or sharp scissors to cut the strips.
Rag Wreath Instructions
What size strips for rag wreath fabric? I found that 1.5×8 inches worked best, but you may wish to make them shorter or wider.
I started by systematically going around the outer ring of the rag wreath wire frame and just knotting each piece of fabric once. Pushing the knots together I worked around the whole of the outer layer. It took a little time, but it wasn’t long before the outer ring was full.
I then did exactly the same to the inner ring, working around the layer by knotting the strips in place.
Finally – I added a couple of baubles to the rings and hung it up on a hook. You could also use some wire to hang this.
How easy and effective is this fabric wreath DIY? It looks brilliant, even if it does have a real mish-mash of fabrics within it. My fabric scrap bag can feel lighter once more.
Other Fabric Wreaths and Rag Wreath Ideas
What is more, a rag tie wreath is that simple to make that even a small child can make them. Just recently, my scrap bag needed a bit of a trim, so my daughter and I made a colourful version to use all year round!
And a fabric wreath can be used for other seasons too? Why not make a pretty pastel one for easter? I used an old skirt that I had made and cut it up to make a Halloween version – see it over in this post.
- Fabric Scraps
- Wreath Form
- Cut your fabric into strips, mine measured about 8 inches by 1.5 inches
- Start knotting pieces of the fabric around the outer ring of the wire wreath form. Fold a piece of fabric in half to make a loop.
- Slip the loop behind the wire of the wreath form.pull the free ends through, then pull the ends taut to form a secure knot.
- Repeat this until the outer ring is full.
- And then also complete the inner ring(s) in the same way.
- Add decorations/baubles as required. Enjoy!
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