Why buy gawdy plastic decorations when you can make a beautiful upcycled Christmas rag wreath using scraps of waste fabric? Christmas is coming and very soon it will be time to get the Christmas decorations out of the loft and get the tree up. I try not to buy into the total commercialism that surrounds Christmas, and ever since I was a child, helping my mother make polyfilla and yoghurt pot bells, I’ve always liked to make my own decorations as much as possible. Here’s a very simple to make Christmas wreath that uses scraps of fabric, in my case, all the woolly off cuts I’ve been saving from making my upcycled jumpers and sweatercoats. I’ve collected a bath full of scraps and have donated lots to proggy matters this year, but still have sackfuls left. I came across this idea searching on Pinterest, and decided to give it a go myself. I’ve used my woolly scraps, but I’ve seen these made equally effectively with satin, linen or any other fabric you have to hand. One tip though, if using linen or satin, tear your fabric rather than cutting it, as this gives a nice finish to the wreath.
To prepare your fabric, cut or tear into strips of approx 3 inches, or 10cm wide, although this is approximate, and if there are tatty bits, this can all add character to your wreath. You need a piece of wire that when bent into a circle is the size you want your wreath to be. You don’t want it too big or your wreath will be floppy and loose its circular shapes with the weight of the fabric, especially if, like me, you are using wool.
It’s now just a case of pushing the wire through the fabric at fairly regular intervals and folding the fabric over one way then the other as it goes onto the wire. Repeath this until the wire is full, leaving a small gap at either end. Using pliers, twist the ends together, and cover with a piece of tape to prevent any sharp egdes poking through.
You can create a pattern using colour and texture, or just add the fabric at random – it’s up to you.
I quite like my wreaths left as they are, but you can add embellishments such a shiny buttons, sewn on leaves, or a twist of tinsel for extra sparkle. Tie a piece of ribbon at the top, and Bob’s your uncle, an easy but very effective wreath, and an excellent way of upcycling left over scraps of material.
I’ll be selling wreaths at the local Christmas Fairs I’ll be attending – see the events page to see where I’m popping up next.
I’m getting together with some of my girlfriends just before Christmas to have a ‘Christmas Makey Day’ when we intend to make more wreaths, and other homemade and upcycled decorations.
Christmas really doesn’t have to cost the earth!