I finally finished my Patriotic Rag Wreath. I picked up these gorgeous patriotic fabric bundles a few weeks ago at Hobby Lobby thinking that this would be a quick and easy craft. I must admit that I totally underestimated the amount of time it would take to complete this wreath. Once I finished cutting the fabric in strips, it went quickly. It was a lot of fun, and there’s plenty of work the kids can do. The wreath is easy to make, but it does take several hours.
I picked up my fabric bundles over a short period at Hobby Lobby using 40% off coupons. You can also pick up patriotic themed fabric, about 1/4 yard for each theme (make sure you measure), then cut strips. Cutting the fabric in strips was the most time-consuming part of this project. I used a rotary cutter, which made things a lot easier. It will take a lot longer to cut and organize the strips if you use scissors to cut the fabric. Once the strips were cut and sorted in piles, it didn’t take too long to attach the strips to the frame. Overall, the entire project took about 4 hours to complete, including cutting and organizing the fabric.
- 5 patriotic themed fabric squares, 18″ x 21″, 4 of each theme
- 18-inch wire wreath frame (4 rows)
- Rotary cutter and mat
STEP 1: Cut each square of fabric into 1-inch wide strips. Each fabric square yields 17 or 18 strips about 21″ long. Cut each strip in half (roughly 10″ each), then organize the strips in piles.
STEP 2: Starting at the bottom of the wire frame and working clockwise, attach one strip of each color to the frame by tying each strip in a knot. Repeat the pattern 3 more times for each section on the bottom row of the frame (20 strips per section).
STEP 3: Finish attaching the strips for the remaining rows of the frame but repeat the pattern 3 times (15 strips per section) instead of 4 (20 strips per section). This will make the wreath nice and full.
Once all of the strips are attached to the wreath, you can also add small patriotic decorations. Use the remaining fabric strips to attach the decorations to the frame. I like the look of the full colorful fabric without adding any additional decorations. It’s kind of rustic looking and that gives it an authentic patriotic flare. It’s the perfect 4 of July decoration.
With the exception of cutting the fabric in strips, the kids organized the fabric by theme, then helped me attach the strips to the frame. It was lots of fun, too. I’m definitely going to make one of these wreaths for Halloween. The colorful Halloween fabric will make an awesome wreath. Happy crafting!
I shared this tutorial at some of these awesome parties.