Wow! That blog title is a mouthful! But it is what it is... And this is a
Burlap & Denim Ruffled Patriotic Wreath!
I've been wanting to make a red, white, and blue wreath for a while and finally decided to make the time for it. The final version is not what I originally imagined, but it is so much better!
I have to confess that I woke up at 3 am the other morning for no reason in particular. Could NOT fall back to sleep to save my life. So what's a girl to do? Run through design scenarios for my next craft project: the patriotic wreath! That's how the ruffles came to be.
I started with a wreath form, some red satin ribbon, and my trusty Beacon's 3-in-1 adhesive.
I wrapped the wreath form with the ribbon because I wasn't sure how well the burlap would cover the wreath. Luckily it would not end up being a problem...
Because I ran out of ribbon thus the gap in the above picture.
Next step: Gather my fabrics!
I could have sworn I owned some red burlap. But apparently I imagined that!
So I spray painted some white burlap I had on hand, and it worked like a dream.
Love it when that works out!
I cut my new red burlap and more of the white burlap into 2" strips. Then I hand-stitched crochet thread through the top of each strip to make ruffles.
Edit: I get a lot of questions about the length of the strips I cut. All of the fabric I used are remnants so the length varies. This doesn't really affect the overall project. Once you run out of 1 strip, move on to the next.
I glued the ruffles to the back of the wreath, layering the white and red.
Then I started wrapping the ruffles around the wreath. When I would get to the end of a strip of ruffles I would glue on another one. I wrapped about 3/4 of the wreath this way. I think I ended up using 5 strips of red and 6 of white.
I repeated the ruffling technique with the denim material and proceeded to wrap the rest of the wreath.
I'm loving all of those ruffles! But something is missing...
I need some "stars" for my denim so it's time to break out the button stash!
I glued various sized buttons randomly to the denim ruffles.