How To Make A Rag Wreath Cheap!

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When I was growing up, crafting with my Mom was one of my favorite things to do. Back then, we didn’t have wire wreath forms when we made rag wreaths, we did it out of wire hangers. The thing I really love about rag wreaths, is that you can give them whatever look you want!

You can make them from ribbon, tissue paper, one kind of fabric, or different kinds of fabric. You can do a theme, like this Valentine’s day rag wreath, or you can coordinate with your decor in your home.

Create a one of a kind wreath by mixing different patterns

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Selecting and cutting your fabric


One of the things I love the most about making a rag wreath is that you can make it whatever you want it to be. You can mix and match the fabric, buy pre-cut coordinated fabric, or do all one color. You decide!

A fat quarter is the perfect cut of fabric for this project, because it comes cut down a little bit already which makes your job much much easier.

Measure at one inch increments across

Just lay each quarter out length wise (meaning the longest part is at the top and bottom, the shortest part is on the sides). Now take your ruler and mark the fabric off at every inch along the length.

Cut on the marks about 1 to 2 inches in.

Next you will take your fabric scissors and make about a one to two inch cut at every mark. Do this all the way across.

This is a rag wreath, which means it needs to be a little ratty. To get this look, we are going to rip the fabric. The mistake a lot of people make here is trying to go slow. Just grab the two tabs and rip. Don’t think about it, and don’t hesitate. Keep ripping all the way across until you have separated all of the strips.

Rip the strips from top to bottom

Now, fold those strips in half and cut them. I like to bundle my fabric together by type or color to keep up with it and stay on top of where I am in the pattern. Just a forewarning, there will be little strings everywhere….EVERYWHERE!

Cut the strips in half

Starting your wreath

Now you start tying your fabric onto your form. You want your knots tight, but don’t get crazy. Too much pull and you risk popping the weld on the frame, tearing your fabric, or worse yet, tearing a cut in your finger. So snug, not Hercules tight.

Starting on the inside corner of a section, loop a piece of fabric, wrong side up from the bottom, around the bottom two wires and knot off.

Then you move to the center two wires.

And then the last two wires.

Continue to do this around the form.

Settle in butter-cup, this takes time

The hard part is done, but creating one of these wreaths does take time. If uninterrupted, I can usually finish one in about 2 to three hours depending on the size of my frame and how many different fabrics I am working with.

I usually just turn on Netflix and binge on Pretty Little Liars and I am done before I know it. Then I just fluff it out and hang it!

So just a few tips so your rag wreath is fabulous:

  1. Push your work as tight as you can. This gives you space at the end of each section to work, then you can spread it out.
  2. If you have a gap in your work, just work a piece into the gap space, you don’t have to do a whole section…it’s a rag wreath, so ratty is what we are going for.
  3. Pay attention to your fingers! I got carried away once and cut myself pretty deep on the bend of one of my fingers tying the fabric off. I usually put a band aid in that spot now before I start.

Have fun with it! Use ribbon, tissue paper, napkins (sturdy ones), shoe strings, old shirts, blue jeans…even burlap! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Snap a picture of your project and share it with me and leave any comments or questions below.

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Until next time!

Tina Marie

Olde Made New

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  1. Jeanne says:

    OMG loved loved loved this. Can’t wait to try this. You have the best ideas!!!!! Your tutorial is excellent!

    1. admin says:

      Thank you so much Jeanne! That means so much to me!

      1. Jeanne says:

        I love your great ideas!!!! Keep them coming.

  2. Kary Guzmán says:

    So so pretty!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. admin says:

      Thank you so much love!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Great tutorial Tina! I love making rag wreaths…I find them therapeutic 🙂 I love how you can make one for every holiday, just by choosing seasonal fabric. Or make a neutral one for year round use. So fun!

    1. admin says:

      Hi Rebecca!!
      Thank you so much! Yes, I love the ease of making them for any décor or holiday. We used to make a similar wreath from tissue paper every Christmas too!

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