Friday, May 24, 2013
Patriotic Rag Wreath
So in the spirit of the holiday, I decided to try my hand at a patriotic rag wreath. I choose this style because I am trying to be very frugal (we are saving for a trip to the Southwest this summer and a renovation to the outside of our house - looking forward to not being the ugliest house in the neighborhood anymore!) and wanted to use only items I had on hand all ready. I'm feeling very frugalista. I didn't have any wreath forms, but I did have an embroidery hoop. I thought that a rag wreath would really fill out the hoop nicely.
For the rags, I pawed through my fabric bin and found some muslin scraps, a red calico with white hearts, and 2 blue calicos - one royal with a subtle leaf print and the other more of a cadet blue with vines. I went with both, thinking that the slight differences in tone would add some more visual interest. I ironed all the fabrics and cut many, many strips of each. Each strip was about 7 inches long and 1/2 - 3/4 of an inch wide. I wasn't precise with the cuts.
On a whim, I also pulled out my bin of wooden shapes and was rewarded with the perfect find - several star cut-outs in 2 different sizes. I used 5 and painted them red, gold, and blue. I wasn't thrilled with the red and blue, so I tried to do an antique-y layer of gold over top. I was going for a streaky, weathered look and was only marginally successful. But hey, it works.
Once all the rags were tied, the painted stars had dried and I simply hot glued them on. I used a bit of red-edged cream ribbon tied to the top to serve as the hanger. This ribbon, incidentally, was saved from an Anthropology gift bag. When I recycle those sorts of bags, I always save the ribbon handles. Depression-Era-Chic, baby. Thanks to my handy ribbon storage system, it's easy to see what I have available and I'm MUCH better about not buying the same colors over and over because I can't remember that I have them. See that post here.
There you have it - a fun, full, free(!), patriotic rag wreath.