Nov 28, 2010

The Sewing Circle - scrappy wreath tutorial

This wreath is a variation of one my Mum made when we were kids - out of green plastic garbage bags!

Take an ordinary wire coat hanger and bend it into a circle shape.  It does not matter if it's not exact.  The hook of the hanger will be what you hang your wreath up by - makes it easy to hang on the front door.

Now raid your bin, scrap basket, Mum/Aunty/Sister/Friend's bin and scrap basket.  Any piece of fabric is useful.  If it's long enough for you to make a knot with it - then it's long enough.  I used pieces of selvage, cut offs from the edge of quilts, left over binding - everything.

Working your way around the circle of your wreath, knot your pieces of fabric and squeeze them up tight together.  I use a single knot and just pull it very tight.  

Some of the pieces I trimmed with pinking shears, most pieces were rectangluar but towards the end I snuck a few weirdly shaped bits in there.  Varying the lengths of your pieces also looks good.

Once your wreath is full (really squeeze them up tight to make it very full, this will help them not to come undone) wrap some more fabric or binding around the hook.

You can now 'fluff' your fabrics and turn them around to create the look you like.

 Et voila - you have created a beautiful wreath out of all your scraps - and it will remind you of all the projects you worked on throughout the year!


Kristen said...

That's really cute - and something I could do with my boys to teach them about tying!

savvy stitch said...

What a cute wreath! I like it hung on the door like that. It is fun to spot all those pretty scraps. :)

Very Shannon said...

Love it. I seriously think this is the one I may go with. So easy and fun! thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Wow it looks fantastic , I love it!
Thanks so much for playing x

Ali said...

What a great way to use up scraps. Thanks for sharing. Ali x

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