Monday, September 5, 2011

Square Scrap "Wreath" Tutorial

'Cause it's hip to be a square.

You will need:

1) Cheap square picture frame
2) Those scraps of batting you kept from the quilts you've trimmed up, assuring yourself you'd use them
3) Long strips of fabric (I used scraps from quilt backing sheets)
4) Hot glue gun
5) Embellishments--fabric yo-yos, fabric scraps, buttons, needle + thread, etc.
6) About an hour


Take the backing and glass out of your frame. If it is as cheap as mine, it has staples sticking out. Bend these down, but don't worry about removing them since you'll be covering the frame anyway.

Start by hot gluing a piece of batting on the diagonal of the back of your frame. Start wrapping, overlapping edges slightly. Glue the end in place, then start another strip where the first left off.

Wrap the entire frame once... twice...

... until it's fat enough to feel like a wreath form. I ended up with about five layers.

Don't worry if it's messy, especially at the corners.

With fabric strips, follow the same procedure as with the batting. Glue a strip on the diagonal and start wrapping, overlapping the edges slightly. Don't make the fabric too tight so the wrinkles and imperfections of batting won't show!

When you come to a corner, skip a little space, then wrap the corner first.

Come back and cover the bit you skipped, tucking in the raw edges from the corner.

Skip back over and keep wrapping! Continue adding strips until you secure the final one. Make sure you secure these strips on the back!

My stripes are disjointed and uneven due to different strip widths. For a more uniform look, go with a less-graphic print.

Now for embellishments! The rosette I made consists of a loooooong strip of fabric gathered with a long running stitch and secured with a few backstitches.

I also pored through my stash of vintage buttons. Among them were some large buttons I'd backed with circles of scrap fabric!

Artfully arrange your embellishments and hot glue them in place.

Now try it out on your door!

I like mine set on point, framing the knocker nicely, almost as if I intended it to look this cool!

Happy making!

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