Last week, I asked you to help me select a project from my Valentine’s Day pin board so I could move beyond being nothing but a big ol’ pinner. I wanted to actually create something, not just dream. You chose the heart garland and I posted my completed project earlier this week. However, this adorable rag wreath came in second:
It just so happens that I have a ton of fabric strips left over from Newt’s quilt. Newt and I each decided to make a wreath.
The inspiration wreath used a purchased heart-shaped wire form. I didn’t know where to find one of those, but Walt’s closet has plenty of wire hangers.
I used wire cutters to nip off the hook and the part where the ends twist together. I then bent the hanger into a rough circle, overlapped the ends by an inch or so and used a generous amount of electrical tape to secure them together. Once the ends were secure, I bent the wire into a heart shape. If you make one, bear in mind that it does not need to be perfect. If one hump is a little larger than the other, don’t worry!
Lots of girls have that issue. You won’t really be able to tell with all the fabric strips on.
We trimmed our fabric strips to about 1 – 1/2 inches wide and six inches long.
To tie the knot, fold your fabric strip in half. (It doesn’t matter if it’s right sides or wrong sides together.) slip the looped end under your wire. Take the loose ends, pull them over the wire and through the loop. Tighten and repeat with the next strip.
I really should have taken a picture of the actual knotting, but once we got started, neither one of us wanted to quit. This was one of those activities that your fingers just feel happy doing. Just pretend there is a picture here, k?
Keep adding strips until your heart is full. Ahhww!
Right at the top, in the ah, cleavage(?) of the heart, tie two loose ends together to create a loop for hanging. After hanging you can either fluff it up so the rags go every which way:
Or straighten them up so all the loose ends point out
Ooh, this is fun. What should we make next?