In this post, I will give a tutorial of how I make my rag wreaths.
I have used different types of wreaths as the base for my wreaths:
Straw, vine, styro-foam- it doesn't matter since it will all be covered up.
For this wreath, I used a small vine wreath.
Wind strips of fabric around the wreath and hot glue in place so you won't have the ugly base peeking through.
Your strips of fabric are the "flowers" in your bouquet- sticking out this way and that and the ribbons, laces and trims are the "fillers" in your bouquet.
Here is the wreath below, with its base all covered up.
I've used different widths and lengths.
If strips are too short they'll be difficult to tie on so leave them longer and trim afterwards.
For this wreath, I used white eyelet, solid white and solid cream fabric. For my fillers I used white laces, white ribbons, white tulle and cream ribbon. I experimented with adding little flowers to this one, too.
A thin cotton fabric works best for tying. I tie sample strips to make sure they will work well and then I cut all the rest of my strips.
You'll need 100s of strips! No matter how many I cut, I always end up needing more!
Start tying your strips onto the front middle of the base.
Tie into a simple knot and go all around the wreath.
This is the easy stage. Just tie and tie and tie some more while you watch TV! There's plenty of room to work but later on, it will be a bit trickier to squeeze in one more strip of lace in just the right place!
Here below is the wreath with about 80 strips of eyelet fabric tied on.
My strips here are all a bit long yet.
No matter how confident I am about my fabric and trim choices, the wreath always looks pitiful at first! Just keep tying on your strips of fabric all around the wreath and then start tying on your trims and it will eventually look better- I promise!
I usually add my fabric strips first and then the fillers but there are no set rules when you're creating! You'll do a lot of snipping as you go and when you're tweaking in the final stages, too. All your strips should end up around the same length for a uniform look and you shouldn't have any gaps by the time you're done.
Now here's a close up of the finished wreath with little flowers tucked in. Much better! I think real babies breath tucked in would look sweet! Here's another close up of the finished wreath in different lighting. This pic shows off the cream better. (White sure is tricky to photograph!)