.: A fabric wreath created with love :.
The children and I enjoyed some time together this weekend sifting through scraps of fabrics. Each scrap evoked a special memory--of a doll quilt created, a beloved pair of pajama pants, or a sweet doll outfit. The connection between these fabrics and the work of our hands is always a meaningful one.
To be able to trace a path from the plant to the loom to the loving hand and then on to family and warm memories is an exercise in wholeness and joy that I find highly rewarding as a crafter and artisan.
So on this day we transformed these humble strips of fabric into a crafty complement to our home. I chose some warming hues of red in celebration of the upcoming season of love!
.: Choosing strips of fabric that will soon create a fabric wreath :.
I. Cut or tear strips of fabric. It is not necessary to make them perfectly even. It adds more fullness if the width varies a bit. My strips are roughly 2 1/2" wide x 11" in length. I chose five patterns. (You may choose as many as you wish!)
.: One wire coat hanger which may also be cut in half for a smaller wreath :.
II. You will need a wire coat hanger.
.: Bending the coat hanger into a circle, forming the base for the fabric wreath :.
III. Form your wire coat hanger into a circle to create a base for your fabric wreath.
.: A tube of fabric is sewn to cover the remaining wire coat hanger :.
IV. Take one of your strips and fold it in half lengthwise. Sew a seam along the edge to form a tube.
.: A circle of fabric creating a loop to hang the fabric wreath :.
V. Bend the top hanger hook into a full circle. Add your newly sewn casing around it to hide the wire. (This forms the loop that you will use to hang your finished fabric wreath.)
.: Tie a simple knot with your strip of fabric along the wire until it is full :.
VI. Next tie a simple tie with your fabric strips, making sure to remember your pattern (If you choose to follow a sequential pattern)
.: A close up of fabric that is being tied along the wire, forming a fabric wreath :.
VII. Continue to tie each piece of fabric until the entire wire circle is full. If you have less fabric or wish to make a smaller wreath simply cut your hanger in half with wire cutters before you begin this process.
.: A full and completed wreath :.
VIII. Once your fabric wreath looks nice and full you are finished!
.: Now to find the perfect spot to display your fabric wreath :.
IX. Let your children help you find the perfect spot in your home or studio for your craft-inspired fabric wreath or gift it to a friend this Valentines Day to let them feel the warmth of your creativity and love!