a life made lovely wednesday snuggled inside...tea in hand...sharing with you a gorgeous ruffly autumn project...
i flipping love this....
i have long had some serious ruffle-wreath-envy after seeing a gorgeous *how to* at one of my fave blogs: Jones design company blog ...
i wanted to make this last year- but village living does not let one wander down on a whim & throw into one's basket a styro foam wreath...nor a metre or two of burlap...!
so...this year- i'm ready...
i've got my burlap cut...my wreath waiting...& i've even got myself a glue gun...
is it weird that i haven't owned a glue gun to date?
for some reason...i've always assumed that a good wad of craft glue will do the trick...errr wrong people!
so, for this project you will need:
burlap or hessian
styrofoam wreath or florists wreath
flat tipped pins
vintage pieces/ribbon/typeset etc...
the how to:
1. cut three lengths of hessian/burlap into 4" x 70" strips.
wrap your wreath in one of these strips & secure with flat tipped pins.
2. with the remaining two strips- tie your cotton at one end (about 2 cms in from the edge) & continue to
hand sew, a simple straight stitch in & out, the length of the piece & gently pull to gather.
3. when you have gathered the first strip to fit the circumference of your wreath , pin it securely to one flat side of your wreath- just inside the outer edge- this will become the back of your finished piece.
4. once the hessian/burlap has been secured with pins...use your glue gun to adhere all the fabrics together...following the gathered line around the wreath.
5. allow to dry & flip over...it should now look like this...
6. pin the last gathered strip to the front of your wreath- on the inner edge...& secure as before, with your glue gun around the entire gathered circle.
it should now look something like this....
7. using any left over fabric off cut, hot glue a hook to the back of the wreath...you can also now use any left over fabrics to make a rough flower in which to build your decoration.
8. using a length of fabric fold roughly to create a flower shape & zigzag, or hand sew, together & hot glue to your wreath.
9. allow everything to dry...have a cuppa tea & get ready for the *make-it-your-own* part.
i used a vintage measuring tape that i had been keeping for such a project...& incorporated my love of string, rope & calico into the decoration.
10. if adding ribbon...fabric...or a tape measure, hot glue around the inner circle of your wreath once again...& secure at intervals, pressing down with your thumb, to form a ruffled effect...
oh...all these ruffles...
how much do i flipping love this
a vintage tape measure
perfect for autumn
divine for christmas
this year i've got it sorted!