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DIY Wednesday: Americana if you wanna- Ruffled Americana Wreath

My mother in law is the most patriotic person I know, so naturally all things Americana are right up her alley. It was a no brainer who to give this to when I ventured out to make a ruffled wreath with one of my favorite materials burlap. It really was quite a simple process and I liked the way it turned out so much that I’m sure I’ll be making another one closer to the 4th of July for myself.

Step 1: Gather your supplies:

  • 14″ Straw wreath form- I recommend using this if you’re using the floral pin method. Otherwise any old wreath form will do.
  • Package of floral pins (I used an entire package of 50)- You can opt for hot glue if using a different wreath form
  • 1/4 yard of cloth fabric
  • Less than 1/2 yard each of red and white burlap – I used what I had on hand already so I really didn’t measure very closely
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Needle and thread

Step 2: Cut you fabric into Eight (8) 14″ x 6″ strips about. Then cut Twelve (12) 6″ x 14″ strips of each color of burlap.

Step 3:  Take your cut strips of fabric and fold them in half. Don’t press them down because you’ll want the ruffles to look fuller. Either by hand or (to speed up the process) with a sewing machine sew a simple stitch near the raw edge of your folded strip. Repeat with remaining strips.

Step 4: Isolate the bobbin thread and pull (if you used a sewing machine) or simply begin pulling on one end of your thread cinching your fabric creating a ruffle that is wide enough to wrap around the wreath overlapping the ends.

 Step 5: Pin riffle down securing it in the back with a floral pin into the straw form.

Step 6: Continue the process with the remaining fabric strips

Step 7: To achieve a ruffle in my strips of burlap I had to use a thicker “thread” that would not simple pull through the very loose weave of the fabric. I opted for some simple cotton twine that I’m pretty sure I picked up from the dollar store on one of my all too frequent trips. You can read about my love/hate relationship with the Dollar Tree here. I fashioned a crude needle out of craft wife and hot glue and began sewing a running stitch through the weave of the burlap.

Start your stitch with a thick knot on one end about  ½” – 1″ in since these  sections will be secured in the back of the wreath. 

When making your running stitch, be sure to do so about 3-4 thread lengths below the top edge so that your burlap won’t unravel when pulled tight.

In the same fashion as with your fabric, secure to wreath form with a floral pin in the back overlapping the previous ruffle. Repeat with the burlap alternating Two (2) layers white, two layers red, and so forth until all strips have been used.

After all the strips were in place I had some remaining floral pins. I used those to ensure that the layers of burlap were secured in place pinning along the bottom of the ruffles along the back. When all was said and done, this is what it looked like. (Forgive the crude picture and set up. It was taken with my cell phone since the battery on my camera died just as I finished the wreath and I didn’t even bother to clear off the top of my secretary. You can see the paperback pumpkin as well as a box of ornaments.)

What I love most about this, is that it is not permanent. I’m notorious for making something and then immediately being ready to move on. Since the ruffles were secured with floral pin, they can easily be removed and the wreath form could be used for some other creative purpose.

So even though the next Red White and Blue holiday is a bit of a ways off, I’m just bursting at the seems for what patriotic lovelies will sprout up this year in the MillionAyres Mansion.


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