Monday, March 30, 2020

❍ How To Make a Wreath From Fabric Strips ❍

Here's my new spring wreath! I was totally inspired by Traci @ Branchwayquilts and her wreath on Instagram

Let me show you how I made it:
I started out with a 14" wire frame from Dollar Tree that looks like this:

When cutting out a quilt, and I have just a bit of fabric leftover, I cut it into 2 1/2" strips that can be used for bindings or jelly roll quilt patterns. For this wreath, I dove into my drawer of strips and took out a bunch that were "jelly bean" colored.

Next came a lot of pressing! Press the strip in half, then press the edges to the middle, and press it in half again, with the raw edges inside:

My strips were all different lengths. I laid them out, one above the other, on my cutting mat and used my Stripology XL ruler to cut them a bunch at a time into 7" lengths. Here's a tip from Gudrun Erla, the designer of the Stripology XL ruler--the slots end at 20", but the outside edge is at 21", which worked perfect for my cutting, as I cut at 7", 14" and 21": 

Once I had a good pile of strips, I started tying them on.

I worked in sections. Tying them on is as simple as tying the first part of your shoelaces. It helped to alternate which side I started tying from--right over left for one strip, then left over right for the next strip. That way they didn't nest together but fluffed out and made a fuller wreath.

Here's my spring wreath by our front door:

After I finished that wreath, I had a heart shaped wreath form and decided to keep on making! I used up all the rest of my pink and red strips on this one!

A friend asked how I store my wreaths. There was an empty wall in our utility room, above the freezer, with some nails in it when we moved into this house. That's been a great place to store wreaths when they're not in use!

Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy
Linking up with Tips & Tutorials on the 22nd, DrEAMiMonday Making, Design Wall Monday, Main Crush Monday, What I Made Monday, Midweek Makers, Wednesday Wait LossNeedle & Thread Thursday, Put Your Foot Down.


  1. What a fun wreath! I love it. Once our stores reopen I'll have to pick up a wire form so I can make one of these. Thanks for sharing! Oh, and I really like your wreath wall. Thanks for linking to MCM!

  2. So colorful and cute! So bright and cheerful. Spring is around the corner! Wonderful work.
    Quilter Bonnie

  3. Clever idea, Nancy! If batiks are used, I wonder if you'd have to do the folding step, since there's not really a right/wrong side to batiks. Your storage system is handy! Love the bright little pop of color by your door.

  4. Hi Nancy! This is SO cool and so pretty. Next time I'm in Dollar Tree, I'll look for that form. Great use of those seven-inch scrappy strips. ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. So much fun - left over strips all ready to put into action, a wreath, a heart, a stripology ruler and a unique storage solution. Great job, Nancy!

  6. Awesome wreaths! Have a good day!!💙🐦🎶🌞

  7. Such a fun and creative idea! When I saw the first wreath I thought a heart would look great and then I scrolled down...

  8. Very spring-ish! Love the heart one too!

  9. I love your cheerful wreath!

  10. I love it! I will have to look at Dollar Tree next time I am shopping as this is a really great way to use scraps to add to my list.

  11. What a fun wreath and your directions make it seem easy and straight forward to do. I'm not making any extra shopping trips right now but once I do, I just checked and while there is no dollar tree in my town there are two not too far away. Thanks for such clear directions, I may be very well making one too!

  12. Your wreathes look great. I have been saving 1/2" strips from my mask making to make something. Wasn't it you who crocheted a rug with selvage trims? Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.

    1. Yes, I explain how to crochet a rug from fabric strips on this post:

  13. Ooh I love that last photo of all your wreaths! So pretty. Funny how you dropped everything to make the first one and then kept in going - the heart one is going to be lovely on its actual day but I could see putting it up for family birthdays as well! Thank you for linking this up with DrEAMi!

  14. What a great idea, Nancy! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Finally got my wreaths started! I mentioned your blog post in my post today with pictures.


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