i should be mopping the floor: Fabric Wreath Tutorial

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fabric Wreath Tutorial

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I can't take any credit for the brains behind this one. Celeste over at My Greenbrae Cottage posted a tutorial for her fabric Valentine's wreath....and I was hooked! I didn't see her tutorial until a week before Valentine's, so I decided to do something a bit more neutral that could take my front door well into spring time.

Supplies:
- 2.5 yards of fabric
- a really good pair of pinking shears
- 15" styrofoam wreath
- hot glue gun & glue sticks
- knitting needle (get ready to laugh at me....I'm not a knitter, so I used my old meat thermometer that quit working a while back. Don't worry, I have a new one that I use for the meat!)

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You'll start with five coordinating (or not...I won't judge you) fabrics in a half a yard each. I cut every bit of my fabric into 4"x 4" squares. I'm not a fast project person...this took me a couple of evenings while catching up on my DVR to get them all cut out. You can make a template with an index card and wrap fabric around it to cut a bunch of squares all at once....this really sped up the process.


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Use the point of your knitting needle (or meat thermometer, thankyouverymuch) and wrap your square around the sharp pointy end (I'm super technical, I know). Don't poke through the fabric. Stick a dab of hot glue on the fabric point and stab it into the styrofoam...go about 1/4 inch deep.


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Start working your way around the wreath. It fills in pretty fast, actually. Don't forget to cover the inside & outside, too. I did leave the back fabric-free so it would lay flat on my door (I always keep my wreaths between my door & storm door to make them last a tiny bit longer). Texas gets windy and I don't want any decor blowing down the street!


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Once you're finished, loop your favorite ribbon through the wreath to hang it by. I used brown tulle because I'm on a brown tulle kick. I think some 3" satin ribbon would be really lovely, too! I can't wait to make one of these for Christmas time...I have my eye on some red & white polka dot fabric and kelly-green damask. This is just such a personalized project that will look different for everyone depending on your fabrics. I think it would be darling in a nursery using coordinating bedding fabric. The possibilities are endless!

Happy Wreath-Making!
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17 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing, I did one last year for my son's jungle teme b-day but used a different technique. You always learn something new...!! Yours turned out great!

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  2. very pretty! I found you linked on Beyond the Picket Fence. I made one similar to this style with old book pages here, check it out at this url.

    http://craftingisfun.blogspot.com/2011/01/book-page-wreath.html

    ~your newest follower, Lindsey @ I'd Rather Be Crafting

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  3. This is AMAZING. I absolutely love it and the colors are great.

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  4. Ooh, cute!! I actually just made my first full wreath myself this morning! I decorated a grape vine wreath last month, but I took book pages this time. (Not very original in the blogosphere, but I was pretty proud of myself, since I'm a new-ish crafter.)

    I'm a new follower, and I can't wait to see more of what you come up with!

    (Btw, the meat thermometer totally sounds like something I would do!)

    http://dojocrafting.blogspot.com

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  5. Love all the fabrics you chose! Very cute! I love that you used a meat thermometer! That sounds like something I would do. I LOOOOOOVE the name of your blog!

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  6. That is so pretty! :) Great job, and it looks pretty simple to do too! Thanks for the visit. :)

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  7. Hi Kristi! It came out so cute! Love it with other fabrics besides Valentine's Day!! Thanks for linking back to me. :-) Hugs, Celeste

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  8. This is darling~ you did a great job on it!! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

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  9. I love the fabric you used for your wreath! I made one last year and I still love it and it's still hanging on my front door. :)

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  10. Such an amazing wreath! I'm not sure if I have the patience to pull it off, but I so want to. Thanks for the great project! Ann-Marie

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  11. love it so darling! Thanks for linking. Winks-Jen

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  12. You did a really great job! Thank you for linking to Masterpiece Monday. Have a great week, Mary :O)

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  13. Love the wreath, what a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Cute! I'm pinning this so I'll remember to get some fabric. :)

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  16. I do like this, I really will have to try it. I love pinks and purples so that will be my colours.

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