During Coronavirus, I bought the best beginner’s sewing machine and taught myself to make fabric masks. You know I’m a project jumper, so once I felt I’d mastered the technique, I was on to other things, but left with lots of little fabric remnants which lead to the perfect craft: DIY Rag Wreath. While I’m using fabric remnants I gathered for sewing, this could easily be done with old t-shirts and towels as well to give them new life.
I actually read several tutorials and I’m going to be straight with you – there’s one reason I decided to share this with you, among all the others out there on Pinterest – and that was the hopes that it would give you the permission to excuse the rules.
I’ll explain more in a minute.
DIY Rag Wreath Supplies
- About 1-2 total yards of fabric in various colors and patterns
Note: I also threw in some various ribbons that I had remaining from projects.
- Wreath frame (mine was 16″)
- Fabric Scissors
The first rule we’re breaking — who cares if the fabric coordinates. I mean, maybe you do care and if you do, or you have a specific intention in mind, then by all means – but many tutorials speak of coordinating the fabric and I’m over it. You start adding rules to my crafting and I’m not interested 😀
Cut your fabric in squares ranging from about 5″ to about 8″ long. Other tutorials say to cut 8″ strips but I wanted mine to actually look raggedy and I admired the variation in length. From these 5-8″ long fabric strips, cut a notch at 1/2 – 1″ (ISH” ” increments (second “rule” we’re breaking) – 1/2 to 1 or even 2″. it’s really up to you.
From that, tear your fabric in strips (third “rule” we’re breaking – others say to cut it all nice and neat with a rotary cutter, heck no, I want the ripped, jagged edges and wads of string that give this the most beautiful, rich texture.
next, just tie all the fabric around the wreath with a single knot. I didn’t really work in order, I didn’t want too much “pattern” to it – I wanted it to be unique, unreplicable, and in the end, it definitely turned out to be special.