Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring Rag Wreath

I keep reading all over blogland about people getting sunshine in their neighborhoods, 60 here...70 there. We don't get much sun around these parts, in fact it will probably snow tonight, so I have to fake it.  It is almost April after all, and if I am correct Spring officially starts in a few days. So let's celebrate!  I am a huge fan of rag wreaths.  And I was in need of something spring-y around here. So I gathered some fabric, starting ripping and tying. It took me a few hours in front of the TV to tie.
First I gathered about a 1/2 yard of 6 different fabrics.  You can use less designs, but you will need about 3 yards total fabric. I also used a 10 inch wire wreath form.  I have made one of these before and used a 12 inch form.  It makes a nice big wreath, but I wanted something a little smaller for this one.  The 10 inch worked perfectly!
You basically need 1 inch strips of fabric between 7-9 inches long.  I rip my fabric in the 1 inch strips first and then cut them how long I need them.  I usually get about 3 to 4 per 1 inch strip.  You can cut your 1 inch guidelines first and then just rip them.  Make a nice stack and be prepared to be covered in fabric string.
I like to tie them in bundles before I start tying.  I did two separate ones for my 6 fabrics.  I just helps you stay organized and you can easily put it away if you can't finish in one sitting.

I actually cheated a little and just tied fabric around the two inner rings.  Leaving the outer in the most inner rings empty.  I would start this way and then you can add to the outer and then inner if you have enough fabric left over.  I personally did not want any more fabric on the inside cause my strips were about 9 inches long and it made the center of my wreath smaller.
I added a little birds nest with some blue robin eggs onto the wreath with some wire. It still felt unfinished so I added a little pink bow to finish it off!
 I'm ready for the sunshine now...Can someone send some over to Portland please!

Happy Crafting,
Christie

Linking up to:

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My entry into Just Something I Whipped Up sponsored by Appliances Online and the Bosch Washing Machines, .

15 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm Ginger! :) Love your wreath! :) Visiting from the blog hop. I have a craft blog, so I'm checking out all the other crafty blogs. :) Love the name of your blog! I'm a new follower.

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

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    1. Thanks Ginger, Love your blog, now following you! Thanks for following us and loving my wreath :)

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  2. That is the cutest wreath ever!! Looks so colorful and fun!! Need to try!! :) visiting from the blog hop!! newest follower!!

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    1. Thanks Alicia, it was pretty fun to make! Glad to have you here!

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  3. Too cute! I keep meaning to make a rag wreath but get caught up in other projects! Don't get too mad.....80 degress in Raleigh, NC right now....I'm sending warm vibes your way!!!

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  4. This so wonderful! Thanks for coming to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back next week! -The Sisters

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  5. WOW, this is stunning!! I just love the little next detail! Thanks so much for linking up, Christie. I can't wait to see what you do next :)

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  6. Thank you for linking up this fabulous project!!
    I hope you will stop by and link up another great project http://polkadot-pretties.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/you-inspire-linky-party_24.html
    Claire xox

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  7. This is awesome! I love it! So pretty!! We are your newest followers:)

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  8. looks like we might have been on similar wavelengths as of late! your wreath turned out DARLING!

    Just found your blog & i'm off to explore more of it - would love to have ya pop over for a visit sometime!

    www.NorthernCottage.net

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  9. I am thinking about doing this for a craft night.... about how long does it take?

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  10. Hi there,
    This project takes about 3 hours. If you cut the fabric for them in advance it will take them 1-2 hours to tie it.
    Great couch project while watching a movie. But could be done for a craft night if they know that it takes that much time.

    Thanks for reading, happy crafting!

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  11. where did you get the black metal wreath part at? i love how full yours is!!

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