When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say,
"I used everything You gave me."
~Erma Bombeck

December 7, 2009

A Texas Style Christmas Rag Wreath (with a little help from my friends)

Okay, so Marie you were right, it's the stuff to make a rag wreath. If I was having a contest you would have won. Oh, speaking of winning, this will be my 87th post. That means we are coming very close to the big 100. I will be celebrating that one with a giveaway. I'll give you a hint... if you like my Etsy shop, I promise you will love the giveaway!

I had seen rag wreaths, and never tried making one. I wanted something new for my front door this year and this is what I came up with. I'll post step by step...


Materials needed:

Pinking shears
Wire form for wreath (I used 18")
1 yd ea. of 3 desired materials
Star for embellishing in the end
(Optional, a couple of kitties to help you along)

First you need to cut your material into strips. I did approximately 1 in. by 5 in. strips. Those who are near and dear to me know that I hate to do precise measurements so this project is easy because it is very forgiving. Speaking of precise measurements. It was during the course of making this wreath I decided quilting would not be for me!

Tie your pieces to the wire. I did a pattern of red, tan, green to keep things consistent. Just keep going around until...

You need to take a break and get a work in progress picture. Note my little helper. And then you do a little more and leave your project in the middle of the living room floor to take another break and find...

Your other helper thinks it makes a better bed than decoration!

I was pretty pleased with the end result, but thought it need one more touch...

I found the star at Bed Bath and Beyond. Please don't judge the front door, I know it is badly in need of refinishing. And the weather left a lot to be desired today but oh well...what is it we say in the blog world? Hey, I'm just keeping it real!

Once the porch is finished being decorated, I'll give you an updated picture.


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15 comments:

  1. Nice wreath, I like the star! I saw one today at $ Tree that had a Santa on it...I thought about how easy it would be to spray paint any color you need, since it was only a dollar! Great job.
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  2. What great wreath! Looks time consuming, but definately something I'd like to try. TFS ~Lisa

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  3. Wreath looks great! LOL on your "little helper"...whenever a human gets busy with something, a cat has to lay on it.

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  4. I knew it! :) I love the wreath. I really ought to make myself one like that... maybe even with yarn (though I don't think it would be as cute as yours).

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  5. Love the wreath and the star is just the right country look.

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  6. I really like that, the fabric you chose works really well together.
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  7. Love this! It's wonderful to stumble across a totally lovely craft that requires no sewing. I know a lot of people don't and they are often limited on projects they can make. I plan to make one of these and to link to it on FaceBook. That's for the inspiration and tute!

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  8. I just made my first rag wreath , it was fun. Yours turned out so cute! Great fabric choses!

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  9. Cute rag wreath! I can remember making one with my grandmom when I was young...but yours is much better. (-;

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  10. Stopping by from SITS...super cute wreath!

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  11. I like different, and your wreath is different than the same old typical holiday wreaths.

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  12. It was very smart using the wreath with the layers of wire. It looks a lot more lush than the single ones.

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