There are many scrap fabric projects you could try, but today I am going to tell you how to make a wreath. Fabric wreaths are very effective and they make great homemade gifts.
I know what you are thinking, “but it’s not Christmas..” The great thing about fabric wreaths is they look great all year round and in fact my one is up on my living room wall right now and has been for over a year!
And as easy kids crafts go, this is one the kids can definitely do, as well as the adults of course. 😉
What you will need…
To begin with, you will need a ring shape. Wreath rings can be made from either cardboard, wire, polystyrene, willow branches or from anything ring shaped you might have lying around like an old large bangle or hoop necklace, or in my case, an old plastic scarf hoop. You can even use circular ice cream tub lids if you cut a hole out in the middle!
You will also need a pair of scissors, scrap fabric and a piece of either ribbon, string, wool, wire or just another piece of scrap fabric for the wreath hanger.
If you are making your wreath ring, then you simply need to cut it out from your chosen material to whatever size you would like your wreath to be. The size will probably be determined by how much scrap fabric you have to work with.
If you are using something that you already have ie. an old bangle or a scarf hoop, then this will determine the size for you and how much fabric you will need.
My scarf hoop was about 10cm in diameter.
Cut your fabric scraps roughly into equal lengths. I cut my scraps into 14cm lengths, about 2 cm wide, with an angled edge at both ends. You don’t have to angle the edges, it depends on what you feel looks best.
I also put two strips together back to back so the back side of the fabric isn’t showing. Again, this is a personal preference.
Take a strip of fabric (or two back to back) and tie it around the ring in a knot. Continue to do this with all of your strips until the whole ring is covered leaving a space at the very top for a hanger to be attached.
Now your fabric wreath is completely covered, all you need is something to hang it up with.
For your wreath hanger you can either use string, wool, wire, fabric or ribbon. For my wreath I chose to use ribbon.
Take your ribbon, or your chosen material, and cut an appropriate length that will create a loop for hanging at the top of your wreath. I cut my ribbon to 30 cm so when it is doubled over and tied on, it is a good length for hanging.
And voilà, you have a beautiful colourful wreath in 4 easy steps!