Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Scrap Fabric Wreath DIY

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These fabric wreaths have been around the crafting scene for a while now. No doubt why. They are super simple to make, inexpensive and a great way to use up leftover fabric from other projects.
I also love this particular project because it is a great one for taking on the road. No sewing machine or crafting tools needed. Just a bag of scrap fabric and a wire wreath frame.

In fact, I started this very wreath almost exactly two years ago (it didn't take two years to complete....it just was placed on the backburner for a while). I was due to deliver Otto anyday and we decided to take one last road trip a couple of hours away to Cincinnati. I quietly sat in the car, tying scraps of fabric to the frame and silently working my way through contractions that had started once we hit the road. A day later, Othniel Rockland made his appearance and that half done wreath sat in the corner of my studio until last week.

Want to make one of your own? Here's how:



1. Grab up all sorts of fabric. Sometimes I like to make a wreath a little more color coordinated in theme (mostly yellows or reds or something like that) or sometimes it just becomes a hodge podge of what I have at the time.












2. Using a cutting mat and rotary tool (you are more than welcome to use old fashioned scissors...that will take a gazillion hours though, so prepare yourself) cut lots and lots of 5" by 1/2" fabric strips. You are going to need alot. I usually run out and then go cut more.












3. I get my wire wreath frames at Michaels where they are relatively inexpensive ($4-$8). I'm sure places like Hobby Lobby have them too.

4. Start tying. Just a simple over and under tie works. You don't even need to double knot it. Just one tie with a little forceful tug at the end to make sure its nice and secure to the wire frame will work. Its up to you how full and snug you want your frame. You could keep things looser and less full by using less fabric scraps. I like mine pretty full so I really squeeze those fabric strips in there.



It really is as simple as that!


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24 lovely notes:

Megan said...

Cute! I have a ton of scraps and may have to give this a try.

Anonymous said...

Love it! I know what I'm making for Valentine's Day!

Micha said...

A really great idea!

A Trucker's Princess said...

What a cute and easy idea! Thinking of doing one in black and yellow for my son's Steelers theme bedroom.

Amie said...

I really need to make one, I have such a ridiculous scrap bag!

markkfinn said...

These fabric wreaths have been around the crafting scene for some time now. No doubt why. They are tremendous simple to make, cheap as well as a great way to make use of up leftover fabric from other projects.

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Christina May said...

love, love, love this.... so cute! You did a great job :)

Kenzie said...

Approximately how many yards of fabric would this take to make?

annamayer said...

Joann Fabrics has those wire frames for even cheaper - I bought a 12" one for $2! Very cute idea - I'll be working on that this weekend!

Anonymous said...

Instead of buying a wire frame, just use an old wire clothes hanger, and just bend it into a circle!

Megan Smith said...

Great idea!! Thank you~!

Anonymous said...

I use to have one of these back in the 80's and sold it at a garage sale. Wish I would have kept it, but I am going to try to make one again. They are really cute!

Anonymous said...

A hanger is a good idea but its harder to get a full wreath with fabric. I recently made one with wired ribbon around a hanger and it worked bc I could manipulate the ribbon to go where I wanted. These wire wreaths are much better and make for a fuller wreath. I found mine at Michaels for under $3 and I'm planning on making a wreath out of my husbands old military cammies!!! This tutorial is going to help me out alot!!!

Brooke Gaddis said...

Do you tie the strips on each wire?

Megan Smith said...

Yes, Brooke. Tie them on each wire around the entire frame :)

Skylar said...

I am going to make mine with Air Force ABU fabric (saw something similar on Etsy). I have to buy the fabric and I don't know how much to buy. Any suggestions?

Julie said...

So pretty! Thanks for the easy to follow instructions.

Kim said...

do you use double sided fabric or can it be printed on one side?

Kate said...

This is so adorable and I love the different colors and patterns from the various styles of fabrics. I actually just included it on a spring wreath roundup on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I've made mine with the wire hangers. How much material I buy depends on how many colors/patterns I choose. When using 3 colors/patterns, I get 1/4 yd. of each, and when using 2 colors/patterns, I get 1/2 yd. of each. If you have too much save some for another wreath!

Kayla said...

I'm making this for my mom for Christmas! Such a great idea!

Christmas Fabric said...

Either I, well it looks so easy to deal with, I'll try to make some for this coming Christmas, I'll start collecting some fabric scrap maybe this week end I'll start dealing with it.

Pam said...

I found wreath forms online at this place: http://www.bjcraftsupplies.com/floral/wreath01.asp

Noddfacrafts said...

I'm going to give this one a go and get onto the hunt for the wire frame��

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