I loved making my Christmas wreath so much, I thought I would put together a step-by-step guide for free! This is is a great little project you can make with the kids over the coming weeks or school holidays before Santa arrives. It can be done in an afternoon (3hrs) or over a few days or weeks.
* All measurements are in yards and inches because that is what my cutting mat is in. It isn’t an exact science so convert into cm as close as you can.
Here we go….. ready?
What you need…
~ Fabrics, up to 4 different patterns, 1 yard in total. Ideally quilting weight but any cotton will do. You could also add tulle, ribbons or hessian strips. Get creative!
~ 35cm rattan cane wreath from Spotlight
~ Pinking shears or a rotary cutter with pinking blade. Scissors will work but you will get more fraying and ragging on the edge of your fabric
~ Cutting mat
~ Ruler or tape measure
~ Ribbon to hang
Optional (all available from Spotlight)
~ Chalkboard heart
~ Decorative bells
~ Extra ribbon
Select your fabrics. I chose red, white and green and added some hessian as a contrast. Other colours that would be great are silver, gold and white or blue and white.
Cut fabrics into strips measuring 1″ x 8″ until you have a big messy pile….or nice neat piles, depending on your personality! I felt bad putting a photo up with a big messy pile so tidied them up a bit…
Grab your wreath and start knotting! There are two different types of knot.
The first is just a simple knot where the fabric will stick out either side. You can do a double knot if you like, as I have.
Alternatively if you want all your fabric rags sticking out on the outside of your wreath, you can tie a knot like the pic below. Fold it in half under the wreath, take the ends and pull them through the loop and pull tightly. If this type of knot has a name can you let me know?!
Keep tying strips of fabric onto your wreath, colour by colour (or randomly if you choose) around the circle until it is covered. If you are using hessian too you will not need as much. Hessian fluffs out a lot and be warned – the fibres go everywhere!
I like to spread them out, adding bits in here and there then pushing them all together as I go. This way you can get a nice even spread of colour and pattern.
Soon you will only have a small gap!
Step 5 (optional)
I added a little chalkboard heart that I found in Spotlight. They come in a pack of 5 for about $4 in the wedding section and come with the string too. I slipped a little bell down the string and tied a bow at the top in a different ribbon then simply tied it to the wreath between two strips of fabric.
Finished! You will end up with a big, fluffy mess like this when you are done.
Spend a few minutes making sure all the knots face the same way, that all your fabric has been tied with the pattern facing you. Any strips that are too long can be trimmed.
Add your ribbon. Fold it in half and loop the ends through over the wreath. Tie the top ends together in a bow and trim the ends with pinking shears to prevent fraying.
CONGRATULATIONS! You have now finished your beautiful Christmas rag wreath! Write a little message on the heart if you like, or count down the days until Santa arrives!
Give it a spray with Scotchguard to keep it looking nice. If you are planning on hanging it on the front door ensure it is safe from the rain. I take no responsibility for soggy wreaths.
And finally take a photo and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone xxx