I absolutely LOVE decorating for the holidays! Every year as I start digging out my holiday decor I feel like I’m seeing old friends that I haven’t seen in a year. How we decorate our homes is such an important element in all our various holiday traditions. In honor of home and family, our next few blogs will be featuring some fun, simple homespun and burlap holiday craft ideas. Today I’m going to show you two completely different fall color wreaths that I made using our Nantucket homespun fabric and our frayed edge burlap ribbon.
#1 - No-Sew Puffy Burlap Wreath
1 metal wire floral wreath frame, 18″ wide
1 – 1/2 yard homespun fabric
4 rolls of our 4″ wide frayed edge burlap ribbon
(the edges of our burlap ribbons are stitched so it won’t unravel while you work with it!)
1 wired beaded garland in fall colors (optional)
Glue gun and 1 or 2 glue sticks
1 large wood button
This wreath is SUPER easy, SUPER fast and SUPER cute! First you will want to unroll your burlap and press it lightly with an iron to straighten it out flat. Now use the glue gun to attach all the rolls, end to end so that you have one long strip of burlap.
Tear one strip of fabric 4 inch wide. Tear from selvage to selvage. Now tear the rest of the fabric into strips that are approximately 2 inches wide. Connect your 2 inch homespun fabric strips the same way as the burlap, end to end, so that you have one long fabric strip. Save the 4 inch wide strip for a bow to embellish with when you are done.
Fold one end of the burlap strip over a section of wire in your wreath and glue it so that the end is securely attached to the wreath. Do the same with the 2 inch wide fabric strip.
Now begin pulling the burlap through the spaces between the wires of the wreath. Don’t pull it all the way through but just a few inches to make a “loop” on the front side. Then pull it again through another segment of wire. Alternate back and forth randomly between the three open sections formed by the wires. Pull the burlap up close on the back side but loop it generously on the front side. Be careful not to pull hard or you will pull out the previous loop. If this is causing a problem for you, use the glue gun to secure those loops occasionally. Twisting the burlap once on the back side helps keep the loops fluffy and full.
Mingle in some fabric “loops” in the same way. You can actually use as much or as little fabric as you want here depending on your taste. In our sample shown here, I actually just used about 1 loop of fabric for every 3-4 burlap loops.
Keep pushing your loops towards each other as you work your way around the wreath. Because this burlap ribbon will fluff out nicely, it’s not necessary to fill it in real tight.
When you are happy with the amount of burlap and homespun that you have on the wreath, just trim the ends of the burlap and homespun strips and secure in place on the back side with the glue gun. Shown below is what the wreath looks like from the back side when you are finished.
If you like simple and basic, you may want to just use this wreath as it is now. Or if you prefer, some embellishments can be added. Of course, the natural looking burlap and warm fall colors are the perfect backdrop for just about any kind of fall or nature themed embellishments so you can really just use your own creative ideas at this point.
We chose to add a wide bow made from the same homespun fabric with a large wood button in the center. We also used a left over piece of our 2″ frayed burlap ribbon to create a bow. We glued the fabric bow over the top of the burlap bow and glued them both to the wreath.
We also tucked in a wired, beaded garland element that adds a nice accent. Because this garland was wired, we just secured it in a couple of places and then tucked it into the wreath. The wire keeps it in place very nicely and if we ever want to change up the wreath, the garland will be easy to remove.
And there you have it! A quick, easy fall wreath featuring burlap and homespun fabric.
#2 Wrapped Burlap & Homespun Wreath
1/2 yard Nantucket 4 homespun fabric for the base
1/4 yard Nantucket 3 homespun fabric for the ruffled wrap
2 rolls of 2 inch Frayed Edge Burlap Ribbon
Assorted coordinating homespun scraps for flowers and bows
1 styrofoam floral wreath, approximately 16 inches wide
(you can get these with squared edges or rounded; we used the squared edge)
Glue gun and 1 stick glue
Straight sewing pins
Tear the base fabric (Nantucket 4) into strips that are approximately 2 inches wide. Tear selvage to selvage. Wrap the fabric around the styrofoam wreath and glue it to it’s self to secure in place.
Now continue wrapping the fabric strips around the wreath until it’s completely covered. When you reach the end of one strip, trim it off on the back side and glue the beginning of the next strip to it.
When the wreath is fully covered, trim the remaining excess fabric from the back side and use the glue gun to glue the end to the fabric on the back of the wreath.
Tear the ruffle fabric (Nantucket 3) fabric into four strips 1.5 inches wide. Tear selvage to selvage. Trim off the selvage edges and stitch them together end to end to form one long strip.
Now stitch lengthwise down the center of this strip with a long running stitch. Pull the stitching thread from the back side to make this strip “ruffle”. Spread out the ruffle evenly.
Lightly press the two burlap strips with an iron to make them lie flat. Stitch them together, end to end. Pin the ruffled fabric onto the center of the burlap strip and stitch the full length down the center. Tighten or loosen the fabric gathering as needed to make it fit onto the burlap.
Now using a straight pin, pin one end of the burlap/ruffle onto the back of the wreath. (In the pic below, my pin is sticking up half way but push the pin fully down onto the wreath) Wrap the burlap/ruffle around the wreath until you are satisfied with the look. Trim the excess and pin again to secure in place. You can either wrap this in the same direction as your base cover or in the opposite. Either way will look nice.
The reason for using straight pins at this point instead of the glue gun is that you can easily disassemble this wreath later on if you wish and use the embellishments on a different project.
This is how the wrapped burlap/ruffle looks from the front when it’s finished. Don’t worry about strings from the torn edges. They just add to the primitive style but if strings are excessive, you can certainly trim them if you wish.
As with the Puffy Burlap Wreath, this wreath also looks great just as is for a simple fall decor element. However, it’s also a perfect canvas for all your creativity if you wish! We made some fabric/burlap flowers and tied a simple bow of assorted homespun fabric strips to finish this wreath off.
We are crazy about hand made wreaths and we are working on two or three more in the studio right now. Look for a blog about those to be coming soon. The word in the studio is that we will be giving away several of our homespun and burlap wreaths to a few lucky winners so please keep a close eye on our Facebook page for giveaway announcements!
If anyone is inspired to try one of these wreath ideas, please send us a picture of your finished project. We love seeing what our customers are making and everyone who makes one of these will end up with their own unique creation. What will you create? Be inspired!