Rah-rah! Although I didn’t realize it as I started this DIY, I love that this wreath with scrap material resembles a cheerleader’s pom-poms. Couldn’t we all use a little more cheer these days?
Using Fabric Scraps to Make a Pretty DIY wreath
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If you find yourself feeling crafty, take a look at your fabric stash for some inspiration. You may have just what you need to make a fabric scrap wreath to welcome the new season. We’re chearing you on!
The fabrics we used for this wreath were leftover from other sewing projects made over the past couple of years. All the fabrics were ordered from Canvas Etc. an online fabric store specializing in 100% cotton canvas materials.
The golden colored canvas was used for this utility apron; while the soft neutral canvas was used for this stencilled succulent hoop art, and the olive green colored canvas was used for this DIY rucksack and the soft white printed voile was used to make curtains. You can check out any of these projects along with more in our sewing gallery for free sewing patterns and instructions.
Scrap Materials Needed for this DIY Wreath
- Scrap fabric, assorted colors, textures and types (we used a mix of 100% cotton duck dyed canvas in olive drab #8 ; 100% cotton canvas in wheat 7oz; 100% cotton voile Protea print from the Katja Ollendorf collection in Chrome; Linen Art Canvas 10oz and and 100% cotton denim twill
- Fabric scissors (these Fiskars is my favorite pair of fabric scissors)
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Wire Wreath Form, 18″ diameter
- Large wooden monogram letter , 16″ diameter (not shown)
How to Make a Scrap Fabric Wreath
Gather the scrap fabrics you plan to use. Go ahead and mix up the colors, textures and weights of your scrap materials.
Lighter weight fabrics tend to work better with this wreath so keep that in mind. The duck cloth canvas I used for my rucksack is the heaviest of the bunch, so I used that sparingly throughout.
Preparing the fabric
Lay the scrap fabrics in a pile to make sure you like how they look together. All of my fabrics are a soft, muted color so they compliment each other. I added the dark denim scraps as well to give the wreath some contrast color.
Using a pair of fabric scissors, cut the fabrics into strips measuring 10” long and ½”-1” wide.
For the fabrics that are lighter weight such as the voile, cut the strips wider at 1”. Whereas, for the heavier weight fabrics such as the duck cloth, cut the strips thinner at ½”.
Some materials can be ripped apart leaving an even raw edge appearance. It depends on how the fabric was woven together. The easiest way to figure it out is by trying. Using a pair of scissors, clip the edges and then using your hands, try to pull the edges a part.
If the fabric doesn’t tear, then proceed with cutting using scissors.
Keep the cut strips sorted by color and fabric type.
Assembling the Wreath
Tie one strip around two of the wires starting at the inner ring.
Take a second piece and tie in around the two center wires as shown.
And then take a third piece and tie that around the two outer wires.
Continue this pattern around the entire wire wreath form, mixing in different colored strips as you go.
Push the tie strips together making room for more.
Fill in with more strips where you find gaps. You can turn the wreath upside down to see the gaps more easily.
Continue around the entire wire wreath form until you are happy with the look. And trim the longer pieces if you find any looking uneven or too “shaggy”.
Finishing the Scrap Fabric Wreath with a Monogram
Give me an S!!!
If needed, give your wooden monogram a coat of paint in a coordinating color. Ironically, I happened to have this painted dark midnite blue wooden letter in my craft room from years prior. Use what you got, right? 🙂 The blue matches perfectly with the dark denim fabric scraps!
Next, secure the wooden monogram inside the center of the wreath. Fasten it in place using floral wire.
And lastly, hang the wreath on a door or wall to enjoy! Hip Hip Hooray!
Did you know that CanvasEtc. offers their fabric remnants for free! Just pay a nominal shipping fee for a 5lb box of remnants for your DIY and crafting projects!
These days the trend is to use what you’ve got and using scrap fabrics for crafting is no exception. This could explain my closet full of leftover fabrics and piles of clothes to upcycle.
From this DIY wreath with scrap fabric hearts to these painted canvas Christmas ornaments, an inspirational canvas wall hanging and these adorable scrap fabric no-sew pumpkins, there are so many beautiful things to make with leftover materials.
What letter would you put in your wreath?
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How to Make a Wreath with Scrap Material
- Scrap fabric assorted colors, textures and types
- Fabric scissors
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Wire Wreath Form 18″ diameter
- Large wooden monogram letter 16" diameter
- Gather the scrap fabrics you plan to use. Go ahead and mix up the colors, textures and weights of your scrap materials.
- Using a pair of fabric scissors, cut the fabrics into strips measuring 10” long and ½”-1” wide.
- For the fabrics that are lighter weight cut the strips wider at 1”.
- Keep the cut strips sorted by color and fabric type.
- To assemble the wreath, tie one strip around two of the wires starting at the inner ring.
- Take a second piece and tie in around the two center wires.
- Then take a third piece and tie that around the two outer wires.
- Continue this pattern around the entire wire wreath form.
- Push the tie strips to one side making room for more.
- Continue around the entire wire wreath form until you are happy with the look. And trim the longer pieces if you find any looking uneven or too “shaggy”.
- To finish the Scrap fabric wreath, secure the wooden monogram inside the center of the wreath using floral wire.
- And lastly, hang the wreath on a door or wall to enjoy!