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Are you looking for an easy craft that you can do with the kiddos? Or maybe you just want to make a craft that doesn’t require a lot of precision, overthinking and tons of supplies. This Valentine’s Day wreath may be the perfect craft for you.
If you’ve ever checked out the blog before you may have seen my fabric scrap garlands. If not you can find a tutorial here. The garlands are made almost exactly the same way the wreaths are made. The only difference is the base used to tie the fabric onto. While the garland uses jute, the wreath uses plain metal craft hoops. You can use any size hoop you like but for this wreath, I used a 12″ hoop. These metal hoops can be found in most craft stores near the floral supplies or macrame supplies. If you can’t find them in a store you can find them here.
It’s hard to determine exactly how much fabric you will need for your fabric strip wreath. Some of the fabric I use I already have on hand. I’d suggest choosing at least eight different fabric patterns and purchasing about 1/4 yard of each. I ended up with way more fabric strips than I needed for this wreath so I made a Valentine’s garland with the leftover strips. Also, make sure you’re using coordinating patterns and colors. Start with one and work off of that color or pattern and try to incorporate at least one solid color.
Here are the supplies you’ll need for your fabric strip wreath
- 12″ metal craft hoop
- fabric – approx. 8 different patterns/colors and 1/4 yd. of each
Start with one of your pieces of fabric. Decide which way your pattern will run. When you have that decided take your scissors and make a one inch cut about 1/2″ in from the edge. Grab that loose end and tear it down the length of the fabric. You want the tear to go the whole way to the end. If it doesn’t you may have to make another cut again and tear it again.
When you finally have a torn straight edge use your scissors to make a one to two inch cut every 1 1/2″ or so along the top edge of your fabric. These cuts will be the start of the strips you tie on the hoop. (You can make them as wide as you want. Mine are approximately 1 1/2″ wide.) Tear each section off and then pull off any stray threads. (There may be a good bit.) You will repeat this process for each piece of fabric until you have all of it torn into strips.
Once your strips are torn and cleaned up you’ll need to cut them into shorter pieces. I typically cut mine about 8″ long.
Start your wreath by wrapping an 8″ strip around the hoop and tying a knot in it. Then tie another knot. You’ll double knot each strip of fabric. Continue doing this, alternating the different fabric patterns. I don’t follow a set rule or pattern when it comes to selecting which fabric goes next. I just tie on the strips sporadically trying not to place the same pattern or color too close to an identical. This is why I like to use a lot of different kinds of fabric but then usually have a bunch left over. I like to remain constant with the main fabric pattern though. I try to keep those evenly spaced around the wreath.
When about 1/4 of your wreath covered push the knotted strips together to condense everything and keep them close together. Do this every so often so you don’t have any gaps between fabric strips. When your wreath is completely covered hold it up to see if you’re happy with how it looks and that everything is condensed and tight. Voila! Your wreath is complete!
If you enjoyed making this craft you may want to check out these other easy-to-make projects.