No-Sew Rag Wreath

I am super proud of this project because for once it WASN’T inspired by something I saw on Pinterest or in a magazine or some other creative person’s blog. It came out of my very own brain, as small and empty as that brain might be.

And don’t go raining on my parade by telling me you wrote a tutorial for the VERY SAME THING back in 1997 when it was ACTUALLY an original idea because WHATEVER DUDE. We are not special snowflakes so just let me have this one, OK? I spend an embarrassing amount of time looking at things on Pinterest and kicking myself and slapping my forehead saying “Why didn’t I think of that?!” So I finally thought of something, which may or may not kind of suck, but as far as I’m concerned is the BEST CRAFT PROJECT EVAR.

No-Sew Rag Wreath Tutorial

Foam wreath form
Thumbtack/map pins

Because I am lazy, I bought a roll of pre-coordinated fabric strips from the craft store. I think these are meant for quilting but since that is a craft that requires actual skills you won’t find me anywhere near it. You could, of course, use your own fabric just cut into strips, if you were the kind of person who just kept yards and yards of pretty fabrics lying about. I bow to you.

When you unroll your roll, you’ll see there’s two long lengths of each pattern of fabric, folded in half. I started by cutting at the folds, so I had 4 strips of fabric. Then I cut through all 4 pieces at once to make square-ish squares. It’s not rocket science, so don’t get out your protractor or anything. The goal is to cut up a nice big pile of fabric pieces without injuring yourself. IT’S HARDER THAN IT LOOKS. You should see the blister I got on my middle finger from all the cutting.

I am so hard core. A HARD CORE CRAFTER. I’m packing heat! Oh wait, that’s just a glue gun.

I wrapped some extra fabric around my wreath (it took 2 of the full-length strips) because I didn’t plan to decorate the back and I thought it looked a little nicer with the fabric. Pin the ends with a couple of map pins (note: I bought the map pins at Staples in the fastener aisle. They’re just like the pins my mom used to use when she was tacking up a hem to sew but I would bet they’re cheaper when they’re called “map pins”). I alternated my map pins with some large ball thumb tacks in colors that matched my fabric. The tacks didn’t work as well because they were shorter, but add some texture to the finished product.

Now push a pin through the middle of one of your fabric squares into the wreath. Push JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE once you get it all the way in, so the fabric sticks out. Start filling in the wreath with different colored squares. I found it was easier to cover it with a layer and then go back and fill in as needed. After you’re about 3/4 of the way done you’re going to look at it and think “This looks TERRIBLE” but trust me, keep going. Pull the edges of the fabric out so you can pin new pieces close to the old pieces to get that sticky-outy effect.

Originally, I thought they would kind of look like flowers, but because I just cut squares they aren’t especially flower-like. You could use pinking sheers to make the edges ruffly or cut circles of different sizes, but as I’ve mentioned before, I am L to the A to the Z to the Y and nap times are short.

Once you reach the desired fullness level, use two pins to attach a ribbon to the back and hang it up. Check to make sure there aren’t any bald patches and voila, you have a one of a kind rag wreath.


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21 Responses to “No-Sew Rag Wreath”

  1. raincheckmom says:

    Very Cute!

  2. Miranda says:

    Super cute! I like it!

  3. eversmommy says:

    Hey, that was my original ide……ha! just kidding! Such a cute idea! And wouldn’t you know it I have little rolls of fabric in JUST ABOUT EVERY SEASON just laying around waiting to be used!

  4. Audrey says:

    Hmm. I’m going to a family reunion at the end of July and we’re always supposed to bring a wrapped item for a White Elephant Sale. I was thinking about making a quilt, but my friend just got a BFP so if this one sticks I’m going to be working on her baby blanket instead…this looks like something my clan would like. Pretty home decor for the win!

  5. Suz B says:

    That’s so cute!!

  6. Cute! And I have boxes of fabric laying around and a “random things I found on the internet” birthday party coming up in July!

  7. TMae says:

    Love! What a great, simple idea.

  8. Here’s a question: Did you go all the way around or just enough so it could hang against the wall? I don’t want to have to do any more work than is necessary ;-)

  9. April Queen says:

    That is a really good idea! I bet you could get creative with the fabric too. Maybe use old T shirts of yours or shirts from your kids. I really like this!

  10. Brigid Keely says:

    A million years ago, when I was a kid, we did a craft project involving fabric squares, a styrafoam wreath frame, and a hot glue gun. We made a candle holder! You poked a pencil in the middle of the fabric square, dabbed some hot glue on it, and jabbed it into the foam shape until it was covered in fluffy sticky-outy fabric.

    Two problems with this.

    1) Many glues don’t actually glue onto foam. They break the foam down. Hot glue? Just breaks the foam down. So our wonderful childhood one of a kind candle wreaths we made for Christmas that get pulled out every year? Are falling apart.
    2) Cloth is flammable! Who the hell makes a CANDLE HOLDER out of something that is FLAMMABLE? So our wonderful childhood one of a kind candle wreaths that we made for Christmas are not juts falling apart but are also scorched.

    Your wreath is way cuter, less scorched, and looks like it won’t fall apart. GOOD JOB.

  11. bebehblog says:

    My kind of crafter :) I just did the front and sides, partly from laziness, partly so it hangs nicely on the wall. That’s why I wrapped it in fabric, so the back isn’t just plain green foam.

  12. bebehblog says:

    Oh what a GOOD idea. See??? Why didn’t I think of that?!

  13. molly says:

    Okay, so, I feel like I might get to blogher and you and Jill will be talking about all the cool crafty stuff you do and I will just be like ::blink blink:: I buy stuff from target. And then you guys will be like, she’s soooo not crafty. And then I will cry in the bathroom because I really do want to be crafty. Maybe some of that will rub off on me and I won’t feel like the non-crafty loser mom that I am. Who will probably send my kids to school with lunchables.

  14. Amanda says:

    Super cute and easy enough for me!

    I was just thinking how I WISH I was skilled enough to make a quilt. I will go to Target instead.

  15. Michelle says:

    Hi, Love your idea, but that is only second to loving your sense of humor. Do crafting as a hobby, but go out for stand-up. You are hilarious…..

  16. This turned out so pretty. I bought green tulle to make something very similar today. It was on sale at Hobby Lobby so that’s what I choose (after seeing that lash yarn was $7 a skein and thinking I’d need at least 2-3 of them). Anyway. I make mine a little different – we make 2-3″ squares and using a pencil we poke it into the wreath base. It’s been a long time since I’ve made these so I might have to resort to pins. Hopefully not. I also bought some tiny daisies to hot glue on after I do the fabric part. Not sure I’ll use those yet – will post a picture when done. =D

  17. @Brigid (and whoever) you can buy ‘hot glue’ for styrofoam now. Just sayin…

  18. Lola says:

    Can you please tell me about how long this took you from start to finish. I need a craft for a ladies VBS class and wonder if this can be done in an hour or so? Tanks so much…..I’m excited to try it.

    • bebehblog says:

      Oh man, I can’t really remember but it didn’t take super long – maybe an hour? I did it while watching tv. If you needed to cut out the squares that would be a lot longer than just sticking the pins in the wreath.

  19. Angie says:

    Genius use for a jelly roll! Will make a great house warming gift and the colors are already coordinated!

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