Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Rustic Ruffled Burlap Wreath

Greet your guests with this rustic wreath at your front door, or use as a decorative fall decoration in your home.

This wreath is easy to make and can be simple and plain or embellished for Halloween, Thanksgiving or with autumn berries and leaves. 

Brown and tan burlap were used for this wreath, but you can create a customized wreath by selecting a different color palette from the wide selection of burlap available at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store.

If raveled burlap isn’t your thing, you can make this wreath from any fabric, just serge or hem the edges to prevent fraying. 

What you will need:
1 – 14 inch diameter Styrofoam wreath form
Two pieces of tan burlap 11 inches x 40 inches
Two pieces of brown burlap 11 inches x 40 inches
Utility knife
Duct tape
Sewing machine

  1. Using a utility knife carefully cut the Styrofoam wreath form into two pieces.
  2. Place one piece of brown burlap on top of one piece of tan burlap, lining up the edges.
  3. Fold in half lengthwise and pin together along the cut edges. Repeat for the other pieces of burlap.
  4. Draw a line 1½ inches from the cut edges of each folded burlap strip.  Sew with a straight stitch along the mark, removing the pins as you sew.
  5. Shirr one of the sewn burlap strips onto one half of the wreath form with the cut edges along the front of the wreath.  Stab pins into the ends to hold it in place.  Repeat with the other half.
  6. Connect the two pieces of the wreath form with duct tape.
  7. Even out the shirring, overlapping where the burlap meets and tucking under raw edges. Pull threads to create a frayed edge and hand-gather the ruffles.
Make a bow from strips of burlap and attach to the bottom edge with florist pins or straight pins. 
Use a piece of jute twine or wire to make a loop for hanging.
Increase the size of the burlap for a larger ruffle.

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