Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Saggy Scrappy Wreath

We've all seen the cute wreaths made from fabric scraps, right? Fun color combinations, reduces your scrap bag, easy to make, what's not to love? Looks easy enough (famous last words for all of us). Pinster Carolyn sent us over her scrappy wreath Pinstrosity. 

The Original Pin:
From: GardenMama

Carolyn and a cousin gathered the supplies listed on the blog and got together to make some scrappy wreaths, one for each of them and one for Carolyn's Mother-in-Law. Carolyn says, "I pulled out a wire hanger and formed it into a circle. Then I pulled out scraps of fabric and cut them into 1.5"x10" strips."  The tying began, but they soon realized things weren't quite the same. 

The Pinstrosity: 

What Went Wrong:
  •  10 inch fabric scraps are just too long for a wreath from a clothes hanger (as Carolyn noted in her email to us). 
How to Fix It:

After seeing the results from the 10" strips, the cousins decided to try 6" strips on a heart wreath, and those worked much much better (as you can see by their next wreath). 

So...here's what we learned:

  • If you're using a wreath frame that is thin (like a clothes hanger, small piping, starched yarn, etc) use shorter strips. 
  • If you're using a thicker wreath frame, use longer strips. 

Carolyn even sent us over a bonus...an additional wreath adventure they tried:
"Before either of the above wreaths were made, my mother-in-law asked me to make one for her, only she wanted it to be a horse shoe shape with a rope to hang it."

She says, "Well that failed miserably, but maybe it wouldn't have if I had used shorter strips." 



  1. Take a straw wreath. Cut 4 x 4 squares of
    Material. Push the squares down in the wreath with a Phillips head screw driver. Cover the front and edge. Makes a beautiful wreath. Sorry I don't have a picture.

    1. Jan, we did these when I was younger in Girl Scouts. Piles of scraps on the table, and we used butter knives to push into the wreath. They turned out adorable!

  2. Thanks Jan! We'll have to try that.

  3. Give those failed wreaths a haircut?

  4. Do you tie then in knots or just one good tie?


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