I tend to have mixed feelings at this time of year. The Christmas decorations have been up for long enough (and need to come down soon anyway) but the place is always left feeling so bare, and cold... Mr M likes to have a real wreath for the front door each year, and depending upon how it's been made, we often end up with one of the metal wreath bases left. I decided to brighten up my post-Christmas hallway with a little upcycled fabric wreath made using one of these and some fabrics from my stash.
To make the wreath you will need:
Metal wreath base (mine measures 26cm in diameter)
A selection of fabric scraps - I've used some of my old 60's floral fabric alongside offcuts from recent dressmaking projects and a few pieces of Liberty print. If you're anything like me you'll probably find that most of your scraps sort of go together anyway.
Start by choosing your first fabric and cutting into strips - the length and width of these is really up to you and depends upon the overall look you want to achieve. I started with longer pieces as I wanted to cover up as much of the metal base as I could with the first few strips.
Start by tying a strip on to the out edge, then wrap each length around it it as so...
One you've gone as far as you want to go, or as far as the fabric will allow, tie another knot.
Once you've done one, add another directly opposite it and continue in this way so the wreath looks reasonably even.
Then start adding the next fabric in the same way.
Once I'd covered the outer ring of the wreath I started using smaller pieces and just tying them on (but working around the wreath as I did before to ensure it was even). Keep going until you're happy you've added enough.
Then tie a ribbon or long strip of fabric around the wreath at the top to hang it from, and you've finished!
Brightens things up no end!
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