Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Handmade Ruffled Drop Cloth Wreath

A few weeks back I was sent a picture of a beautiful wreath
with a note asking if I could make something like it.
After thinking about the wreath for a few days, I came up with an idea.
I could recreate something similar using fabric from a drop cloth and an embroidery hoop.
This is the wreath I came up with.

This is the picture that was sent to me.
Jamie from Dear Lillie is constantly changing this wreath to coordinate with her seasonal decor.
You must check out her blog here and see the many different looks this wreath has had.
She has such a beautiful home and I adore her decorating style.

Here's my version with a little holiday greenery.

To make this wreath I started off with a 10" wood embroidery hoop and a drop cloth.

I separated the wood rings because I will only be using
 the outer wood ring.
I also removed the screw for now.

Next, I cut two loonnnggg strips of drop cloth fabric.
One strip was 5" wide and the other was 3" wide.
I laid the 3" wide strip on top of the 5" wide strip

then I sewed two seams, the length of the strips,
 with enough room to slide the embroidery hoop through the middle of the seams.

Then I began to feed the wood hoop through the seams
until all of the fabric was around the hoop.


Lastly, I screwed the screw back into place to close the hoop
and I just straigthened and adjusted the fabric around it.

This is the back

I decided to make a bow out of the drop cloth just to add a little something.

It doesn't look exactly like the Dear Lillie wreath, but I think it turned out pretty.
I also like how versatile this wreath is.
It can be hung without the bow for a simple look
or it can be decorated differently for each season.

This wreath could be made with burlap, denim or just about any fabric you want to use.
Each ruffle could even be a different fabric.

You could also use different size hoops to make smaller or larger wreaths.

This wreath is available in my Etsy shop here and I would welcome custom orders.
What are your thoughts?
What fabric would you use?

I have a totally different style wreath made from drop cloth fabric you can look at here
and even some cute little pumpkins made from drop cloth fabric you can look at here.

Thanks for sharing some of your time with me today and Happy Fall!

'til next time,
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  1. adina that is so good looking wow i think this non sewer could dust off the machine and make one of these thanks for sharing xx

    1. Thank you. I would've made a few more already, but the tension in my machine is not working correctly and I can't seem to fix it. I'll have to take it to the repair shop before I can make some with different fabric. I'm thinking red striped ticking fabric for Christmas.

  2. Great job, Adina! I think you did a perfect job :-)

    Hope by our weekend is going wonderful...

  3. This is gorgeous! I'm terrified of my sewing machine, but I don't think I have any choice but to try this :). Thanks for the tutorial!

    1. Thank you so much Cassie!!! Good luck with the sewing machine, I'm sure it won't be as scary as it seems :)

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  5. Simple... yet lovely... how long would you say the fabric was before you sewed the channel? Thanks for the tutorial....

    1. Hi Jenn, I used approximately 12 feet of drop cloth to fill in a 10" embroidery hoop. I hope this helps! Thank you :)