I barely finished my DIY Valentine Rag Wreath in time for Valentine’s Day. I picked up a pack of 6 fat quarters in reds to use in my rag wreath. I looked at the Valentine theme fabric at JoAnn’s, but I couldn’t decide on a pattern. The fat quarter package was already matched, so I went with it to save time. It’s not necessary to have a rotary cutter and mat to cut the fabric for the wreath. It’s truly a rag wreath when the fabric is freely torn in strips. I am not very good at tearing the fabric into strips that are about equal. I chose to cut my fabric to get a symmetrical look. The finished wreath is fairly full, but there is some wiggle room for additional strips if you want the look of a full wreath. The total cost of the project was less than $15.00.
6 Valentine themed fabric squares, 18″ x 21″, 1 of each theme
12-inch wire wreath frame, heart shape (3 rows)
Rotary cutter and mat (optional)
Follow these instructions to make a DIY Valentine Rag Wreath.
STEP 1: Cut or tear each square of fabric into 1-inch wide strips. Each fabric square yields 17 or 18 strips about 21″ long. Cut or tear each strip in half (about 42 strips, roughly 10″ each), then organize the strips in piles.
STEP 2: Outer frame. Starting at the bottom of the wire frame in the V and working counterclockwise, attach one strip of each color to the frame by tying each strip in a double knot. Continue the pattern around the outer frame (102 strips). As you work around the frame, push the fabric strips so that the knots are always up.
STEP 3: Middle frame. Starting at the V, tie X stripes to the middle frame working in the pattern and counterclockwise (72 strips). As you work around the frame, push the fabric strips so that the knots are always up.
STEP 4: Inner frame. Starting at the V, tie the remaining strips to the frame working in the pattern and counterclockwise. As you work around the frame, push the fabric strips so that the knots are always up.
Once all strips are attached to the wire frame, make sure all of the fabric faces one direction. Smooth the strips with your fingers, pushing the fabric strips to the back of the wreath; the knots should all be facing up. Flip the wreath over. Tuck in any stray pieces of fabric. Attach additional Valentine decorations, if you want.
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