Friday, August 26, 2011

Fabric Wreath DIY Tutorial

When I began Southern Priss a year ago these wreaths kept me busy tying knot after knot after knot (you will see) since I have stepped away from selling craft items I thought it might be nice to teach yall how to do them yourself! so here is how you make the Southern Priss Fabric Wreath it is very easy just time consuming.

First: you will need a 6 section wire wreath you can find them at any craft store they are $2.49 at Michael's
you will also need your fabric I normally choose 8 fat quarters (or 2 yards) just so I get a variety of colors and patterns and do not spend a lot of money on wasted fabric... (if you are near SSI Connie at Stepping Stones has a great selection)
and finally you will need a GOOD pair of scissors trust me when I say good it makes things a lot easier


Second: Cut your fabric into strips the thicker your pieces the fuller the wreath however if you cut them too wide they won't tie right I normally do about 2.5 inches wide... also be careful to not cut them to short you fingers will not like you! it is easier to just trim 



Third: once you have cut all your fabric into strips just start tying knots as demonstrated in the photos below. I tie them by sections but you can do it by each ring. Once you get a couple of knots tied make sure you slide them over so they are tight this makes for a full wreath. I have done at least a hundred of these and it still takes me close to 2 hours to complete so just keep knotting! 



(no need to double knot) 


This is what it will look like when you have completed one section make sure when you are done you turn the wreath over and push all the fabric ends to the front and all you can see along the back is knots. 


And TADA your very own fabric wreath is complete these make fun gifts and decor for every season and holiday! 


I hope this was informative and helpful if I can clarify anything please leave me a comment! and have fun tying those knots!

if this is the kinda stuff yall would like to see more of let me know! and while you are here go to the left and like join my page!

lots of love
Southern Priss




28 comments:

angie597 said...

Thanks for sharing!! I am really into making wreaths right now and this one is def on the list thanks to your help!

HappyascanB said...

CUTE!

Carla said...

Too cute!! This seems very easy to make. I'm already thinking about making one with Halloween fabric! Thanks for sharing!

PS - I'd love to see more DIY projects. I love doing crafts!

Anonymous said...

I make wreaths too, but I think my way is easier and faster...I start with a styrofoam wreath, and I use a chopstick to insert the fabric into the wreath, no knots necessary and it's super fast! Just put the chopstick in the center of your fabric and push into wreath form. I also buy precut squares when I can find them. When I'm that lucky there is no cutting either! I've made cornices and topiaries the same way. Styrofoam and fabric, and go crazy...great christmas trees out of styrofoam cones, the sky's the limit---if you can dream it, it can be!!!
Have fun...Jena Rae

Southern Priss said...

Jena I would love to see a picture of your topiaries that is a great idea thanks for sharing
-Southern Priss

Reenie said...

Thx ~ these will make great "sister" gifts for Christmas.

:)

Cheryl said...

Not sure what I am doing wrong but no way will my 8 fat quarters make it all the way around the wreath. I'll be lucky to get half without going back for more fabric. How long do you cut your strips? And do you "squish" them tightly together or just push them together to not leave gaps? (if that makes sense).

recreationsproject said...

Love these! Our upcycling group did lots of these recently to use up old bunting scraps. We used a variety of crazy things for wreath forms, from bike tires to old pipe lagging!

Elizabeth said...

How long are your strips? I have a couple of jelly rolls which are nice since they're already 2.5 inches wide. I'm thinking of cutting six strips per 44" piece?

Anonymous said...

I'm doing one now and I cut them 1 inch by 6 inches. I had seen it somewhere and that's about all I could remember. I'm using a 12 inch, 6 section wreath, and Holiday fabrics.

Helen Frazier said...

Tks for sharing. Trying to find wire wreaths. Will find one sometime.

BlackRose said...

if you can't find the wire wreaths...metal clothes hangers work too :) just thought i'd make that suggestion i'm making some for my wedding for center pieces i'm getting married in May so i gotta hurry and get this done...and i have a question i'm making a smaller version of it how small would it have to be cut?

Spoon Family said...

My moms' group is about to make one of these for our Christmas in August crafting night. I love your tutorial, but I have a few questions. First, how long do you cut the fabric strips? Second, how do you hang your wreath? Did you tie a loop on the back, or do you just use a wreath hanger? Thank you!

Jessica Trahan said...

How long do you cut the strips?

Anonymous said...

fabulous!!! i would love to see more!!! (one question though...how long do you cut the strips?) thanx sooo much for sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes! Please tell us.....HOW LONG ARE U CUTTING UR STRIPS??!!

Anonymous said...

I suggest using a rotary cutter instead of a scissor.

Anonymous said...

How long are the strips, please?

Mama sue 23 said...

What a great idea!
I am really in a wreath making phase, I will have to try this with my sons football colors! I made one like it but I used ribbon for my other sons football colors!
CNt wait to make this one!!

sub said...

How long are the strips of ribbon? Thanks!

Emmy Coffee said...

Yes, please, how long are the strips of fabric?

Southern Priss said...

Hey yall! My strips are 8 inches long!

Southern Priss said...

Hey! They are 8 inches long!

Southern Priss said...

Hey! They are 8 inches long!

Anonymous said...

You can buy these wire wreath forms at the Dollar Tree :)

Anonymous said...

Do you tie your strips once or twice?

Catherine Taylor said...

I am so amazed at how these wreaths are made that I just had to try one. Your instructions have made if so way to follow. I Love your site. I look forward to seeing more of you. Thank you so much for sharing. God Bless you and your Business.

Catherine said...

Sorry type O. I was to say. Your instructions have made it so Easy to follow. Thank you