Rag Wreath Tutorial

I love white, off white colors.you can add, and change with just an accent of color anytime you wish.
I love Ballard Designs and shop there quite often but I wanted this item quickly so decided to make mine a fabric rag wreath. Their design is paper flower and gorgeous but I love fabrics of all kinds.
Join me today for a simple tutorial.

You could use smaller squares if you wanted a tighter look like their design. I bet you could use coffee filters or tissue paper for a paper wreath too.  The fabric however will last for many many years if stored properly.

Catie had some large Styrofoam sheets leftover from Halloween.  So I took the hard but free route and cut my circles out from a salad plate then took a biscuit cutter with long handle to cut the center
You will need to sand where you cut the styrofoam and use Mod Podge to seal the edges that you cut.

You certainly can buy your styrofoam wreath forms and have less of a hassle.  Buy the size you want, mine is 9 inches wide diameter total and 3inches all around to add fabric.  Finished wreath with fabric is around 12-13 inches.

If you want to cover the back of wreath you can use felt or I used Warm & Natural cotton batting. It will not fray and adds a softness and such a beautiful natural look..  Place the wreath form on the batting, trace around form, cut out.  Add Glue to back of wreath form, place batting on now.  Note ** Remember not to go to the sides of form cover the bottom only! The sides will have material punched in for a feathery look and will cover any edges of batting for a very clean look.

I have a bolt of muslin on hand so chose to use it.
Depending on the size of your wreath form and the thickness and stiffness of your fabric.
The amount of fabric will vary.
I used about 1 1/2 yard cut into 3 inch squares with pinking shears.
My wreath form turned out to be 9 inches before adding any fabric.
Size afterwards it was 12 1/2 inches wide.
Aleene's Tacky Glue I love it!
Open it and let it stay open at least an hour before use. Pour some in a paper plate or some container for use and it will get even tackier. It is so much easier to work with that way.

I use this stuff-it tool to make mine but a sharpened pencil will work just as good

Take your pencil or tool put into the middle of the 3" square
Dip into glue, then stick into styrofoam pull pencil out
Do this all around the wreath. 
Use your judgement as to how close to put your squares of fabric
You want to cover wreath but you don't have to get carried away like I did.

Finished with fabric

Take a small paper clip bend like this
Stick the two ends in the tacky glue
Stick down into the edge of wreath that you want to hang with ribbon
Let it dry
If you choose you can just use a long enough ribbon to run around wreath at top and tie to chair it is entirely up to you. 

Take ribbon 5/8 inch wide and 12 inches long, tie in a knot at end put through paper clip hook
run loop through knot to make another knot to hang.
If you have fabric on your chair pin it hidden and that will just give the ribbon loop look you don't have to have a large bow.  You just want to hang the wreath however you can on your own chair
I then took a 1 yard piece of 3/4 inch ribbon in same color and tied wreath to chair with that.
My chairs have openings.

kitchen chair

Link above to see in Hibiscus Table Setting.

Other Uses Below

If cutting your own from styrofoam sheet you will also need:
Fine Sandpaper
Knife to cut, or xacto knife, I used a steak knife
Purchased styrofoam wreath forms
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Pointed tool, or sharpened pencil
100 % cotton fabric for wreaths for my 9" diameter wreath I used 1 1/2 yards (this depends on the size you buy)
Pinking shears
5/8" wide good satin ribbon
3/4" wide satin ribbon same color
small paper clips or wire for hanging


  1. Gorgeous! Did you cover the back at all?

  2. Susanne, thank you so much for asking this I left it out of the instruction. It is there now...Thanks for the sweet compliment!

  3. This is so pretty Dolly! And, what a pretty plate you dipped your glue in! :)

  4. Really sweet wreath and tut! Thanks for sharing :D

    Visiting from French Country Cottage linky party today,
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois
    Merry Christmas!

  5. That turned out absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

    I love it!

    And I would love it if you'd stop by for a visit!

    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

  6. Thank you Abbie! I did stop by and am now following you. Love your writing and creativity!

  7. I love this idea! I had no idea it was this easy!Thanks for sharing!

  8. I have been admiring that Ballard Designs wreath for awhile now... But I am LOVING your version! :)
    Would love for you to link up @ Find Your Craft Friday over on my blog! Have a great Friday!

    Emily @ BabyBerry

  9. Hi Emily,I did just that linked up @ Find Your Craft Friday, thanks for hosting it..Have a great weekend.

  10. Dolly! This is gorgeous! I have pinned it! Love this blog!
    Would love it if you shared with Home and Garden Thursday later tonight!

  11. Hi Kathy, Thank you so much! I appreciate your sweet compliments. I have shared on your Home and Garden Thursday. Thank you for hosting that to might I add! Dolly

  12. Love your rag wreath and I think it was so ingenious of you to make your own wreath form from some Styrofoam you had on hand!

  13. Thank you Manuela and Teresa for your sweet comments!

  14. Gosh, I had forgotten how pretty rag wreaths are! Yours is truly beautiful with the muslin! :)

  15. I really am going to try this - it is so gorgeous - thanks for the great tutorial! Love it! Thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  16. It looks so elegant with the ribbon and on that fabulous chair! Great tutorial:)

  17. What a gorgeous wreath! You are so creative!! I am happily following from Debbie's newbie party. I hope you will follow me, too! Many blessings to you!

  18. Atelier Thanks for coming by!

    Michelle Thank you for your sweet compliments!

    Shenita, Thank you so many compliments...I am glad you are here I follow you already but through Hibiscus House... bless you.


  19. I love the wreath! Found you from Debbie Doos newbie party.

  20. Love the wreath. Must try to make one. I tore some muslin stips for Christmas packages and it was very pretty. Liked the frayed edges. Hope you will come visit Timeless Treasures. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/
    Blessings. Audrey Z.

  21. Hi Margaret! Thank you and I have just found your two blogs and am following you.

  22. Hi Audrey, Just went to your blog and like it am now following you. I'll bet your packages were pretty with the torn muslin. I have torn the muslin for these wreaths for a rustic look. For Christmas I wanted a more finished look so I pinked the edges.. So nice to meet you all.

  23. Kathy I hope I emailed you sorry didn't mean not to answer you on here. Thank you so very much for your compliments and for hosting Home and Garden Thursday! It is so much fun to see all of the talented links.

  24. Not only lovely but versatile! I'm a new follower, please drop by for a visit when you can.

  25. Thank you Sherry! I sure will pay you a visit!

  26. So pretty Dolly. I think yours is prettier than Ballard's! I love the natural muslim you chose to use! This is my first visit, over from Debbie Doo's. I'll be back!

    1. Well thank you so very much Jeanne! It is a pleasure to meet you. I am now going to visit you. Come back anytime.

  27. Beautiful! I love Ballard Designs!
    I'm hosting a winter theme linky party and would love for you to post this! www.serendipityandspice.blogspot.com


    1. Hi Melissa and thank you so much. I did put the wreath on your link and thanks for the invite. I am now following you.

  28. This is awesome. What a great tut too! Thanks for linking up to my newbie party. I do not see my link or button anywhere though, please add it..thanks!

    1. Sorry Debbie, I sure didn't mean to do that. Thanks for the compliment, and for the link.

  29. Thank you so much for having the party. This is so much fun. Love meeting new people and reading their blogs.

  30. Hi there! I came over from 2805. I love this! It's the perfect thing to use up my leftover fabrics. Yours is so pretty.
    Glad I popped over- I'm following you. :)

    1. Hi Tina I am so glad that you did. Welcome and I now am going to visit you!

  31. Love it! I made one of burlap and lace last Fall and find it to be so versatile. Thank you for sharing this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday!

  32. I neeeeed to make one of these! Thanks for posting it again!
    Sherry's Bees Nest

  33. So pretty! Reminds me of fancy coffee filter wreath. Thanks for linking to "Cowgirl Up!"
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls

  34. What a gorgeous wreath...gotta love muslin!! This is such an easy project yet so elegant. Thanks so much for sharing....I think I'll be making one soon!

    I am your newest GFC and linky follower! I'd love for you to visit my blog and possibly follow back. Have a wonderful evening!


  35. SO pretty!! Thanks for sharing on Show Off Saturday!

  36. Thank you for your contribution to our 'Time for a Party' link-up. I think this wreath feels like it has always been in your home. Seems to match everything.

    Tomorrow we'll open a NEW party at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/ and we'd love to see you there then again with a beautiful project like this.

    Till then! Keep up that great creativity!!!

  37. That is so cute!!! I love it! I have a link party going on right now and would love for you to share this and anything else you would like! Hope you will stop by!


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