I've been wanting to make my own festive wreath for a few weeks, but my problem has been deciding which style I wanted - wrapped yarn, crochet, padded fabric traditional twigs and holly, baubles and yarn balls - the possibilities are almost endless! Then I spotted this sweet rag wreath
on Flickr, by the lovely Tamar of Nest Decorating
, and it was as though a hundred tiny festive fairy lights started twinkling in my brain!
It was so quick to make that there wasn't time to take stage by stage pics - actually I was having so much fun making it while watching sunday afternoon TV, that I completely forgot about taking progress pics! But it really was super quick and easy to make that you don't really need them anyway! So here's how I did it...
First - I used the inside hoop of an old 8 inch embroidery hoop as the base,
then - I padded out the hoop with red felt, two A4-ish pieces cut into one inch strips and simply machine stitched together to create one long strip. i wrapped the hoop with two layers, a wee bit of glue here and there to anchor the first layer and a few small stitches to finish the end,
next - I picked out some pretty festive fabrics in red, white, cream and grey, and cut them into 8 inch long strips of varying widths from an inch to a quarter inch,
then - I started tying the strips onto the padded hoop with double knots, i started with the widest strips first, spacing them evenly around the hoop. doing the same with all the fabric strips i kept all the knots on the outside of the hoop, so that the inside was kept fairly neat and tidy.
Next - I had a rummage around in the christmas decoration box and found my favourite wee santa and dangled him from the top of the hoop with a length of 2mm red ribbon. he needed a wee bit of persuasion to face the right way but he got the idea eventually!
Lastly - I took a long length (maybe a metre?) of 2cm wide red ribbon and tied it around the top of the wreath too. I knotted it again about 6 inches above the wreath and made a pretty bow to top it all off and voila, Bob's your uncle, one super quick festive wreath!