How To Make A Rag Wreath

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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.

A festive rag wreath - DIY craft Shabby Chic Christmas Decoration that is frugal. Great gift. Holiday and Xmas ideas. Use fabric scraps or fat quarters to make this simple easy craft project. All you need is fabric pieces and a wire wreath form to make your own. Great upcycling idea for using up all your fabric remnants!

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 Festive Rag Wreath - basic materials needed - a wire form and strips of fabric

  • 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 my fabric scraps to be about 4cm by 15cm (1.5 inch strips by 6 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 1.5x 6 inches pieces worked best, but you may wish to make them shorter or wider. I used cotton and jersey scraps, but you may need more scraps if your fabric is thinner.

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.

Festive Rag Wreath - starting to make by tying fabric around the wire form

Festive Rag Wreath - layer 1 finished

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 finished picture

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.

A festive rag wreath - DIY craft Shabby Chic Christmas Decoration that is frugal. Great gift. Holiday and Xmas ideas. Use fabric scraps or fat quarters to make this simple easy craft project. All you need is fabric pieces and a wire wreath form to make your own. Great upcycling idea for using up all your fabric remnants!

 

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!

Rag wreath made by Elizabeth

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.

How To Make A Halloween Rag Wreath - make a quick, easy & effective door decoration following this simple tutorial. Perfect Fall craft project

Yield: A Rag Wreath

How To Make A Festive Rag Wreath

Festive Fabric Rag Wreath - finished

Use up all your fabric scraps and cloth remnants by making this pretty shabby chic wreath. So easy even the kids can make it. Perfect cheap decor for Christmas and the festive season. Zero waste Christmas craft idea.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Materials

  • Fabric Scraps
  • Wreath Form
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Cut your fabric into strips, mine measured about 8 inches by 1.5 inches
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Repeat this until the outer ring is full.
  5. And then also complete the inner ring(s) in the same way.
  6. Add decorations/baubles as required. Enjoy!

These would make great gifts. Do you think that you will be using this tutorial on how to make a rag wreath ? I’d love to see your makes, do comment below or find me on social media.

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Enjoyed this? Why not read about how to have a zero waste Christmas this year!

or discover some other craft projects in this article on how to make Christmas Pom-Pom Crafts

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A festive rag wreath - DIY craft Shabby Chic Christmas Decoration that is frugal. Great gift. Holiday and Xmas ideas. Use fabric scraps or fat quarters to make this simple easy craft project. All you need is fabric pieces and a wire wreath form to make your own. Great upcycling idea for using up all your fabric remnants!

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 Replies to “How To Make A 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 🙂

    Reply
    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!

    Reply
    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.

    Reply
    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

    Reply
    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

      Reply
  6. Cristina Olivia says:

    Excellent and enlightening post, I enjoyed reading it with a cup of coffee.

    Reply
    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
  7. Jaki says:

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

    Reply
    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
  8. 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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