Finally my OWN Burlap Wreath

A few years ago I bought the supplies to make a fabric Christmas wreath.  With pinking shears in hand, I proceeded to cut LOTS of little squares of fabric.  After what seemed like hours there were two red and green piles.  So I started pinning away.  I ran out of fabric squares LONG before I ran out of straw wreath that needed to be covered.  Sure I had more fabric, but I was DONE!  So there it sat… and sat… and sat.

Burlap Wreath: beginning

Fast forward several years…  Having just moved the wreath surfaced again.  Well, I now knew just what I wanted to do with it!  My friend, Laurie of Gallamore West, had posted a while back about the burlap wreath that she made for her son’s birthday party.  As soon as I saw it I was in love!  I mean we are talking serious wreath envy!  Ever since I have wanted to make one of my own, but I dreaded the cutting squares and pinning.

With fall fast approaching, I decided I wanted to tackle so kind of burlap project so with coupon in hand off to JoAnn’s Fabrics I went.  My purchase of 2 yards of burlap sat for several weeks as I went back and forth on what I wanted to make until one day once again Laurie inspired me!  This time she had whipped up (seriously, like in a naptime crafting session no less – and she also has 4 young boys!!!) TWO burlap wreaths – one for fall and one for Halloween!

If she could do it so could I!  One night once the boys were in bed, off to my craft space I went determined to get my wreath made.  I started by taking out all the pins and fabric squares that were already in the wreath from my last attempt.  Don’t worry, I will still use all the fabric squares I spent so much time cutting out.

Burlap Wreath: Supplies

I cut about 5 strips of 3″ wide burlap (selvage to selvage).  I pinned one end into place and wrapped the straw wreath until it was completely covered.  Now it was time to cut the dreaded squares.  Thankfully, since I was now equipped with a cutting mat and rotary cutter this step went SO MUCH faster!!!  Within just a few minutes I had several 3″x3″ squares of burlap (but boy do those fibers of burlap get everywhere!  I was so itchy – not a good thing when you are crafting in your jammies! OPPS).

After folding each square into fourths I pinned them onto the wreath making sure to pin in all different directions so my wreath would look full. I didn’t really count how many squares I ended up using.  I just cut about 3 strips at a time and then would cut more when I needed.  In the end, it was probably about 10 or so strips.  All together it took me about 1 1/2 hours to complete (find something good on TV or throw in a movie and fold and pin away).

Burlap Wreath: Pinning the squares

To finish it off, since this is a wreath for fall – at least for now- I added in the red fabric squares from the old wreath. {please excuse the horrible picture of the end product, it was 10:30pm and this was taken hanging on the door of the bathroom in the loft area where my craft space is.}

I’m not quite done with it yet.  Need to add a ribbon hanger and probably will throw in some ribbon accents.

Burlap Wreath: All done

Can’t wait to find the perfect spot to hang this!

I am thinking I need a mirror for over our mantel and then I can hang it in front of the mirror!  {squeal}

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