I love chenille and am thrilled to share how to make a chenille wreath. I am so happy I found a use for the $5 chenille bedspread I bought at the flea market.
I still miss the twenty-six wreaths hanging in our home for the holidays so I decided to make a chenille wreath. I needed a winter-themed wreath and I just love this DIY.
I pulled out one of my old flea market bedspreads and made a rag wreath DIY chenille wreath. (I should mention I paid $5.00 for the bedspread because it had a big tear on one side. I knew it would make a great craft project.)
This “rag” wreath was so easy. There is no sewing, just tearing fabric and tying knots. That’s it!
How to Make a Chenille Wreath
Materials You Need to Make a Chenille Wreath
Anytime I see a chenille bedspread at the flea market I try to purchase it. I use them on our beds and have made pillows out of some of the beautiful bedspreads.
I usually won’t spend more than $20 and I can pay a lot less for ones that have a tear. That’s the only way I will cut them up for DIY projects … if they are damaged.
This means, of course, I have a lot of chenille bedspreads waiting to become a DIY project.
For this wreath, you need a metal (three or four lines) wreath form, fabric or a chenille bedspread, and a ribbon. That’s it!
I found a wreath form at a vintage shop for $5 but you can also find these metal wreath forms at any craft store.
You can use a drop cloth, muslin fabric, or even burlap if you can’t find chenille. I highly suggest you use a fabric that rips well. If you can tear the fabric you will save so much time!
To determine how much fabric you need, you need to start with the size of your wreath form. Measure the distance all the way around the outside of the wreath. My wreath is 24″ in diameter and about 70″ around the outside. I need about 1′ for every inch on the outside, which is 70″ or about two yards (of 45″ wide) fabric. I suggest you purchase two and a half yards just to be safe.
How to Tear the Fabric Into Strips
Next, you need to tear (or cut) one-inch strips. If you are using chenille be sure to tear them in the right direction. My chenille fabric will only tear in one direction.
Before I tore my fabric, I cut off the trim along the edges and then cut a small slit every 1″. Then I just tore the strips.
Next, I cut each strip into 8″ lengths.
Assemble the Chenille Wreath
Then I started tying one strip across each metal rim. Just do a single tie. A double knot is too bulky.
After each row was tied (which was three strips), I pushed them together tightly and started the next row. Here is what the knots look like on the backside of the wreath form.
This is how the wreath looks like on the front isde.
Be sure to push the rows together tightly after each row is knotted.
Next, tie a ribbon to the top or bottom of the wreath.
I am so happy how easy it was to make this chenille wreath.
Here are some winter wreaths created by some of my blogger friends.
Wreaths You Can Buy
Just in case you don’t have time for a DIY, I found these amazing and well-priced wreaths.
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