A rag wreath is a simple and frugal DIY decor project that even kids can do. You can make them for everyday use or use them for Christmas decor. One of the wreaths featured in this post used the fabric I was given from Andover.
I made my first rag wreath in grade school with a group of friends for a homeschool project. I’m not sure I actually finished mine at that point but I did at least learn how to make them and that has come in handy.
A few years ago I made one using Little House on the Prairie fabric from Andover. I’m a big Litle House on the Prairie fan and have read several of the books and watched every episode of the show multiple times.
I’ve been using the one I made years ago for a Christmas wreath for many years now and since then we have moved houses and I wanted a different one to use in my kitchen.
I decided to find some fabric that would look good in my kitchen and ended up deciding to use Riley Blake Pixie Noel fabrics. They were in red and aqua which are the colors in my kitchen so it’s perfect.
How to Make a Rag Wreath
I ordered a bundle of 6 fat quarters and that worked perfectly. The set I ordered on Etsy is no longer available but there are some similar ones. I love using Etsy for fat quarters because you can find some really great bundles and they are affordable.
These wreaths are very easy to make, you are just cutting fabric strips and tying them to a wire wreath form so you can whip up several pretty easily. You can also use scrap fabric found at thrift stores and a wire hanger shaped in a circle to make it really cheap.
They are also great Christmas gifts or if you like to sell things at craft fairs they work wonderfully for that as well. You can make a nice profit on these if you use cheap fabrics.
Halloween Rag Wreath
I have also made different ones for different holidays. I have one that I made for Halloween using Riley Blake Halloween fabric. The ones I got aren’t currently available but you can find some good ones on Etsy.
Valentine’s Day Rag Wreath
You can also make this wreath in different shapes. For Valentine’s Day I made a heart-shaped rag wreath. I used a heart-shaped wire wreath form with some fabric from the Hello Sweetheart collection from Riley Blake.
The options for these wreaths are endless. You can make them for different seasons, holidays, or even an everyday wreath that matches your decor.
They are simple enough even kids can make them, especially if you cut the strips of fabric for them. I enjoy putting on a movie and just working on it while watching. It’s a good mindless activity.
I also love that they don’t take up much space to store. I don’t have a lot of storage space for decor and these flatten pretty well. Some wreaths can be so bulky and fragile. You can stuff these in with other things and just fluff it a bit when you get it out and it will look perfect.
What is a Fat Quarter?
I’ve been asked a few times what a fat quarter is so I wanted to explain. A fat quarter is a quarter of a yard of fabric. It’s a piece of fabric cut 18″ off the end of the bold and then cut in half on the fold. It’s a horizontal strip of fabric rather than a square.
They are often sold in bundles with coordinating fabrics, that is what makes them so great for rag wreaths. I usually get mine on Etsy and usually use 6 fat quarters. You can use a bit more or a bit less depending on how full you want your wreath.
- Wire Wreath Form
- 6 Fat Quarters of Fabric
- Cut out 6 inch by 1 inch strips. They don’t need to be perfect.
- Tie each strip onto each of the wire rings on the wreath form. Just tie with a simple knot. And keep going until all of your fabric is used up.
- That's all! You can add a cute ribbon or leave it as is.
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