Hi, I'm Holly! Welcome to cutie pie cottage

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Rag Wreath Tutorial

 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.
When making a rag wreath, think of a florists bouquet of flowers.
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 use 2 or more different fabrics cut or ripped into narrow strips.
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!)
So go ahead and make your own now! It's fun and it's easy!
Feel free to ask questions if I didn't explain well enough!
Have a great day everyone! ♥


Julie Ann said...

Gorgeous wreath!! I will have to try this... how much fabric should I buy? 2 yards?

Lisa said...

Oh! I need to make one for Easter! I was just thinking I don't have anything Easter for my front door! Do you like any base better? I think the twig ones are usually cheap around here. Now I am on the hunt for fabric! OH I have some pretty bright lace from a sweet friend I can use! ;) Glad you got your movie! It does sound easy to order. My cousin did too. I got my deposit back from Blockbuster and got a better version cheaper from Barnes & Nobles with all the discounts and a coupon! Yea! I LOVE cheap!
Hugs, Lisa

♥ Noelle ♥ said...

pretty!! i don't know if i have the patience to make one of those, lol!

gin said...

Hi Hollie. Another pretty wreath! And, your tutorial is fantastic. Great post.

Michele said...

Oh Holly ~ it's beautiful! I might have to try making one...maybe in spring or summer colors...my home is still looking a little blah!

Thanks for sharing!


Cindy@shabbynsweet said...

Holly your wreath looks beautiful. You did a wonderful job!

Jacqueline said...

Hi Holly! I've been in Seattle for a couple of days for my work and I was so happy to be home. The traffic is awful!
Hey, I love the idea of the rag wreath. I did the same thing one year with hangers and I tied soft flannel strips on...baby cutie fabric...Love it!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Thank you, Holly! It's amazing to see how it starts out and that it takes 100's of strips. They just look beautiful when you get finished. Your friend is going to just love it! You did a great job on the tutorial. Have a great day! Twyla

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~~Carol~~ said...

Looks like something even I could do! It's yummy, and the sparkly ribbon really sets it off!

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Holly, this is a wonderful tutorial! Thank you for taking the time to do this for all of us! I LOVE this wreath!! The creams, white and eyelet are just so cottage perfect and so are the added flowers! Great job girlfriend!
Love ya,

Ulrika said...

I have this lovely wreath hanging on the wall next to me right now! Thanks again Holly!❀
I think the neat things about these wreaths is that the possibilities are endless....you could make a "memory-wreath" for example, using scraps of fabric from old baby clothes and outgrown clothes etc.....
Thanks so much for the tutorial also, I think I will really enjoy making a few of these eventually since they make great gifts.

Julie said...

So fun and pretty--thanks for showing us how, Holly!

Hope you're having a wonderful night!

Sandy said...

This is sooo pretty! Yes, I saw Cath Kidston's new cherry china...Gosh I wish she would reopen a store in the US!!!! I am sure it is because of our dollar being so poor right now! It would well over a hundred dollars for the dishes and about that much to get them here! Can't afford it!!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, going to have to give this a whirl!!

Persuaded said...

Oooh.. I wondered how you made those! You make it look so easy too. I have been wondering what I was going to use for a summertime wreath for my front door... well, now I know! I am gonna make myself one of these:-)

malia said...

Hi, Visiting from Katie's Nesting Spot and I can't believe we haven't "met" before... I love vintage too and I live near Seattle. I'm your newest follower. I am adding you to my friends list (off my nav bar) bc I don't want to miss anything you're up to.
Cheers! Malia

Sugar Pink Boutique said...

I finally got over here to look at your tutorial and I must say you did a great job! I think I can do this one thank you so much for telling me about this! Hugs, Jennifer

Anonymous said...

Holly, this is pretty cool. Do you ake all of your pics yourself? I have signed up to follow your blog.