Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Rag Wreaths

I bought some men's dress shirts at the Salvation Army in beautiful springy colors thinking I would use them for vests, or bow ties for the Easter bunnies I was making but I changed my mind and went in another direction with them. Since I had already re-purposed shirts into "up-cycled aprons" I wanted to try something new with all these beautiful, bright shirts I had laying around.  I found this great idea on Pinterest from JoAnn Fabrics and thought I would give it a try.  Embellished with a pretty yellow ribbon bow for a hanger I think it will be perfect for hanging on a door or above a mantel for Easter!

I cut the shirts up into 2 1/2" x 8" pieces (a little longer than the directions called for) and slip knotted them onto a wire wreath form.  The directions from JoAnns has you using 120 pieces of fabric which calculated into 5 in each section.  I actually used more because I thought it needed to be fuller. The wire wreath is divided into 4 rows / 6 sections each.  I tied 5 strips in the first row in each of the 6 sections, 6 in the second row. 7 in the third row, and 8 in the 4th and largest row, for a total of 156 strips of fabric.  I happened to have 7 different colors which gave it a nice variety.

If your husband and son's have some old dress shirts laying around this is a great way to "up-cycle" them into something fun!  Of course you can use any kind of cotton fabric too.  I only had enough to make two wreaths.  One for me and one for my Etsy store so if you are interested in purchasing a fun "up-cycled" spring wreath just click here!

This was a fun, fairly simple craft to make, and once all the strips where cut which was a little time consuming, it really didn't take all that much time to put together.  I think it would be a fun craft to make for any holiday... I think I foresee a Halloween wreath in my future!

Happy Crafting,

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