How to Make a Rag Wreath

Turn Fabric Scraps into Decor

Rag Wreath Craft Project
••• Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Hanging a on your front door is welcoming no matter the season, and a wreath is also a creative wall-hanging in your living room, kitchen, or bathroom. If you'd like a new one but don't want to shell out money for it, it's easy to make one from stuff you have lying around. If you sew, raid your fabric scraps and create a quick, no-cost replacement. It's easy to make a rag wreath to go along with any color scheme or holiday.

You can make a rag wreath in about a half an hour, and it's simple to do. Fabric scraps aren't the only thing that can be made into something new. If you have an old sweater or T-shirt that you no longer wear, you can use each one to make a bag.

What You Need

  • Fabric scraps in a variety of colors
  • Metal hanger or wreath form
  • Duct tape
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors

Here's How

  1. Dig through your fabric stash and round up all of your scrap—the more colors and patterns the better.
  2. Pick out the fabrics that go with your front door or room color scheme. 
  3. Tear your scraps into pieces that are about 6 inches long and 1 inch wide; there's no need to be exact; just eyeball the lengths.
  4. Use a pair of wire cutters to clip the hook off of the top of a wire hanger.
  5. Shape the remaining wire into a circle and tape the two ends together with duct tape. This will serve as the form for your wreath. You can also use a store-bought wire frame wreath if you prefer. Since the store-bought version has multiple tiers of wire to wrap fabric around, it'll give you a fuller wreath. Wreath forms come in a variety of sizes, so if you want to make something bigger than you can make with a hanger, a wreath form is definitely the way to go.
  1. Place the first piece of fabric over your wire form so that you have an equal length of fabric on either side of the wire.
  2. Tie the fabric in place.
  3. Repeat steps 6 and 7 over and over until the entire wire is covered in fabric. Keep pushing the fabric together as you go so that you end up with a nice, full wreath.
  1. Hang your wreath on your door or wall and enjoy your handiwork.

Tips

  • For a built-in hanging hook, simply leave the hanger's hook in place.
  • Create seasonal and holiday wreaths by using appropriately colored and patterned fabric.
  • Make a rag wreath out of denim or burlap for an on-trend look.
  • Once you master round rag wreaths, try other shapes. Make a square- or heart-shaped wreath or create seasonal shapes like a candy cane or Christmas tree. You could even string multiple round wreaths together to create a snowman.
  • Make matching garland by tying fabric scraps to a length of twine. Use it as fun swag on your front porch or as a party decoration.