A Festive Rag Wreath

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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 the Padded Fabric Christmas Trees I made in last weeks post, or the fabric left over from  clothes I’ve made for Elizabeth through the year. So in the spirit of Lagom (sustainability and recycling) I decided that I was going to make a Festive Rag Wreath and use some of my scraps.

A Festive Rag Wreath

Unlike the rag rug that I made last month, this rag wreath 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.

You will need:

A Festive Rag Wreath - basics

  • A Wreath Ring as a base – I used this double ring, 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 (1.5inch by 8 inches) I ended up needing about 140 strips in total
  • Pinking shears or sharp scissors to cut the strips.

I started by systematically going around the outer ring and just knotting each strip once. Pushing the knots together I worked around the whole of the outer layer.

Festive Rag Wreath - starting to make

Festive Rag Wreath - layer 1

I then did exactly the same to the inner ring, working around the layer by knotting the strips in place.

Festive Rag Wreath - inner layer

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.

Festive Rag Wreath - finished

How easy and effective is this? 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.

These would make great gifts. Would you think a festive rag wreath is something you could try? I’d love to see your makes, do comment below or find me on social media.

Enjoyed this? Why not read about my tips on saving money AND the planet this Christmas?

or how to make Christmas Pom-Pom Crafts

A festive rag wreath

 

 

 

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19 Replies to “A Festive Rag Wreath”

  1. Grainne says:

    This looks so fab, think I’ll give it a try! A friend of mine always has scraps of material too so it should be a freebie project for me 🙂

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      It’s lovely to make something so nice for pennies. The ring base works out at about 50p. Thank you for reading

      Reply
  2. Claire says:

    This would be a great way to use up fabric scraps. I love your wreath!

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I used up pretty much all my Christmas scraps, which is great. Thank you!

      Reply
  3. Teresa says:

    It’s so pretty, and a great way to use up fabric scraps.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you. My scrap bag is now free of most of my Christmas fabric, which is brilliant!

      Reply
  4. Julie says:

    I love a great scrap busting project! Thanks for sharing with us at Handmade Monday, your lovely wreath will be one of the features next week 🙂

    Reply
  5. Raisie Bay (@RaisieBay) says:

    This has brought back memories of my Mum making wreaths with coat hangers and crepe paper. She also used to make fairies for all her sisters Christmas trees using cheap dolls and dresses made of crepe paper. She really was quite crafty, and I’m going back 30 years or more here, so no Internet to get her ideas from. x
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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      We had a doll with a dress on that my mum had made! I think it was just more common that people had to make do and mend! Some lovely memories, glad that it made you smile x

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Do have a go, it is honestly one of the easiest things…unless you count the wreath I’ve made for my next blog post!

      Reply
  6. Jaki says:

    Who would have thought that something so pretty could come of a few rags! Thank you for sharing with #TriumphantTales

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you. The prettiest thing about it is the fact that it is made from all the Christmas things that I have made last year and this year. Made from the remnants of Little dresses made for my daughter and niece, and fabric trees. It is practically free!

      Reply
  7. Alice V says:

    I love rag wreaths. I have yet to make a wreath for Christmas and have been wanting to do another rag wreath especially for Christmas but never got around to it. Your wreath is beautiful and I love the colors you chose.

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you. It is just such a great way to use up all those bits of fabric that you haven’t got around to.

      Reply

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