How to Make Rag Wreaths

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How to Make Rag Wreaths
Make rag wreaths with different fabric prints for your home or as gifts. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Rag wreaths are made using strips of cotton fabric. The fabric can be leftovers from past projects, newly purchased fabric or recycled cotton sheeting. Rag wreaths give a room a casual, cosy, shabby feel. They also make nice wall decorations when the fabrics are matched with other fabrics used to decorate the room. Making rag wreaths is easy enough for children to help and can be completed in an afternoon. The supplies are budget-friendly and easy to find at a local fabric or craft store.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1 yard of 44-inch cotton fabric
  • Yardstick
  • Marking pencil
  • Scissors
  • 16-inch plain rattan wreath
  • 6-inch piece of ribbon

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  1. 1

    Measure the fabric in three 44-by-12 inch sections. Draw a cutting line between each section using the marking pencil.

  2. 2

    Cut the three sections apart. For a ravelled edged, clip just the first inch along the line then tear along the remainder of the line.

  3. 3

    Mark along the 44-inch width at 1- to 3-inch intervals on each of the three pieces of fabric.

  4. 4

    Clip approximately 1 inch along each mark. Tear the fabric along each cut to create strips that measure 12 inches by 1 to 3 inches.

  5. 5

    Tie each fabric strip, printed side showing, around the wreath with a knot. Push the tied-on fabric close together to hide any of the wreath showing. You want the strips to be scrunched tightly on the wreath to make it look full.

  6. 6

    Push the ribbon through one of the fabric strips on the back side of the wreath. Neatly knot the ribbon and clip the ends at a 45-degree angle. Use the ribbon to hang the wreath from a nail or hook.

  7. 7

    Fluff and arrange the tails of the fabric strips after hanging the wreath. Remove any ravelled strings if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Use fabrics strips leftover from other projects, or select two or three different fabrics to make a multipatterned wreath.
  • If the fabric is stiff, wash and dry it before cutting. This will soften the fabric by removing the sizing.
  • If you prefer no ravelled edges, cut the fabric with a rotary cutter and cutting mat. Using pinking shears helps the fabric not ravel and gives it a nicely patterned edging.

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