Thursday, February 10, 2011

Beautiful Fabric Wreath

I've been thinking about this fabric wreath for a while. I just needed some extra inspiration from my friend Mandy over atLittleBirdieSecrets. While at her house, I got to meet Cami. She is amazing. Check her blog out. She'sgotsome seriously cute stuff and her sense of humor is awesome!

Here's the materials list:
oh, BTW, everything I used was recycled from something else. I didn't buy anything. So the cost was FREE!

One Queen size bed sheet you're willing to tear up
One empty diaper box or other large cardboard box
Glue Gun
Sewing machine
Needle and Thread
(I know the last one can be a precious commodity)

To start with, Mandy taught me how to do one of these flowers. She's got some great ideas.
Then Cami taught me how to do this one. So cute. It reminded me how much I love my glue gun.
Next I made up a few of my own. Here's one:
Tear a few about 2 1/2 inch to 3 inch strips from your sheet. I love the frayed edges. Next fold it in half and thread your needle with about 2 ft of thread.
On the folded side, knot the thread and do a forward stitch and a backward stitch in the end to start theruffle. The longer your strip, the fuller the flower. Also the wider the strip, the larger the flower. Keep that in mind.
Keep doing a running gathering stitch until you get to the end of the strip. Pull the threads tight to get a tight gather. Get our glue gun out and start rolling the ruffle together, gluing as you go.
The bottom will look like this when you are done.And this is the finished flower.
I made about 5-6 of these.
Next cut a circle from your fabric about a cereal bowl size. This will be the base of the next flower.
Use another strip about the same size as the one for the ruffle flower.
Tie a knot in the end and glue to the center of the circle.Twist the strip of fabric counter clock wise as you coil it also counter clock wise and glue it down on the fabric circle.
To finish it off, tuck the last piece of the strip behind the flower and glue down. I made 5-6 of these in different sizes.
Two down, Two to go.
Next, I made a few more of the rosettes I learned from Cami here.
Make5-6 of these too.

Next was my own creation too.
Tear a strip of fabric about 2 inches wide. On your sewing machine, create your own ruffle by folding the fabric forwards and backwards randomly as you sew. Finish all the way to the end of the strip.
Cut another circle of fabric about 3-4 inchies wide. Start gluing the ruffle down to the circle in a spiral pattern. (I tried sewing it and it was too awkward)

When you get to the last 3 inches of ruffle, to form the center, roll and glue the ruffle back towards the center of the flower. Then put a blob of glue in the center and place the roll of ruffle in the center and press. It will look like this. I made 5-6 of these too.
Next get your box out. Open it flat and measure two circles. I used my quilting yard stick to create the circle. Find the center point and make marks at 1inch and whatever the length you want keeping the center point the same. Twist the yard stick in a circle and keep making marks all the way around. Do the same for the center circle. Cut one out, then trace it and cut the other one out.Use packing tape to secure the two circles together. Make sure you rotate the cardboard so the creases are not lined up between the pieces. This will keep it flat.
Cut two fabric circles just about 1/2 to 3/4 inches from the edge of the cardboard circle. Sandwich them together and stitch the center circle. Poke 2 holes in the top of the cardboard and fabric to allow for hanging. Then put the Cardboard circles inside and stitch the outside edge. Then tread a piece of ribbon or string through the holes to be able to hang the wreath.
Next place the flowers around the circle. I placed them, then glued down each one.

I love how it turned out!
Thanks for looking!


  1. It's beautiful! How long did it take you?

  2. This looks amazing! Way to go Shelley!

  3. I wish I had some sheets laying around in a color I wanted to do this. maybe I'll have to make a run to good will or soemthing like that. I need a fun project to work on. THis would be easy to do watchint he girls play and roll around on the floor.

  4. Love this!!! I think I've just been inspired again!


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