Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fourth of July Wreath Tutorial

Let's get festive! I had a lot of fun with this wreath, it is very simple and a great craft night project.

Here are the materials that I used:

  • We have two fabrics, a navy blue corduroy and a white bottomweight fabric. I got a 3/8 of a yard and had plenty of extra, so you can get away with 1/4 yard of each. I purposely chose two different textured fabrics just to make the strips more interesting. But you can easy use any two fabric you would like.
  • 12 inch Styrofoam wreath
  • One spool (30m) of red topstitching thread. This is important because I wanted that stitching will really show.
  • Precut felt star stickers
  • Loose Star sequence
  • One 4x6 American Flag
  • One package of craft pins
Step 1: Cut 1/4"-1/2" strips of the white and navy fabric. (Disregard the red fabric, it didn't make the final cut!) I cut seven strips of each color and that was a 45" bolt. It seems like it is too much fabric, but it is actually about right.

Step 2: Stitch the ends of the white fabric together so that you have one long continuous white strip. Do the same with the navy fabric.  You should have one long strip of white fabric and one long strip of navy fabric.

Step 3: Now you are going to stitch the navy and white strip together. Slightly overlap the navy strip on the white strip. ZigZag stitch down the middle so that it catches both fabrics. You should then have one long strip of fabric.

Step 4: Wrap the wreath with your fabric strip, slightly overlapping the edges as you go around. Use craft pins to finish off the strip.

Step 5: Using craft pins, attach the American flag.

Step 6: Decorate with the felt Star stickers. If the stickers do not stay down, add a couple of pins to hold them down.

Step 7: Take a craft pin and place in the center of the sequence and decorate as you see fit.

Step 8: Hang and enjoy!
Something that I would like to share is how much this wreath cost. Especially when you are a one income family like we are, I want to make sure that my crafting ventures are not taking us under. I like to think that I am the master of Joann deals, so I want to share with you how much the project is. And that way for you all, you will know upfront if this is project worth your time and money.
  • 12 Wreath (Reg. $4.99), I had 50% off coupon, spent $2.50
  • 3/8 yd Navy corduroy fabric (Reg. $8.99/yd), Sale (50% off), spent $1.68
  • 3/8 yd White Gabardine (Reg $7.99/yd), Sale (50% off), spent $1.50
  • Craft pins $0.99
  • 30m Red Topstitching thread $1.80
  • Silver Star Sequence $0.79
  • Felt Star Stickers $1.99
Total cost: $11.25



1 comment:

  1. That turned out so nice! And I know what you mean about living with one income--definitely have to make sure that all crafts are inexpensive ones! Good job!



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