Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Patriotic Rag Wreath and Ra Ra Craft

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With Memorial Day coming around the corner and the 4th of July not too far behind, I decided to do some patriotic rag crafting . I had a pair of jeans that no longer fit, some inexpensive bandanas, and some white tulle from (wait for it) Goodwill. I used a large embroidery hoop as a frame for the wreath and a piece of dowel for the Ra Ra (titled by my Munchkin....since it has a cheerleader pop pom feel to it....it must be a Ra Ra Siss Boom Ba!!!!). A little hot glue for the fabric flower and that was it for materials. It's a pretty easy craft. Here's the play-by-play:
Cut strips of your three fabrics, I would say no more than 2 inches in width and maybe 8 inches long. You can experiment and decide what length works for you, shorter and thinner strips would make a more pouffy wreath....longer strips would make more of a shaggy one. Once you've finished making the strips, take two of one kind and tie it in the middle (around the hoop). Go to the next color and pick two pieces and do the same. Rotate through all the colors until you've tied all the way around the wreath!!
Sorry for the quality of that pic. I had to borrow a camera, as my usual one was being used. You get the idea though, right?? It's pretty darn simple. Now onto the Ra Ra!!
Use some of the strips of fabric and lay them down in one direction. Get some more pieces and lay them in another. 
Pinch the bundle in the middle and bunch it up to make a ball. Take the dowel and the hot glue and put a big glop of glue in the center of the ball and stick the dowel in there. Wait for it to cool a bit, then take another strip of bandana fabric and wrap it around the area where the dowel and the fabric are glued, making sure you use the hot glue to hold it in place. Once it is cooled, it should be pretty well secure. I made a little fabric flower out of jean strips and tulle and glue that onto the top. 
We are lucky enough to have a Memorial Day parade go right past our house every year. I think the Ra Ra will be the perfect way for my daughter to show her respect and have a little fun while she's at it!!

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  1. Oh, I really, really, really like the wreath - it is so fun and summery...

  2. Love this cute wreath and the info on how to make it! HAPPY NTT!


  3. I like the wreath that is a cute idea... I bet my daughter would like to make one of these.

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  4. Fun! My girls would love to do this with me :) Fun idea!!

  5. Your wreath turned out GREAT! I love it!

    I haven't made any wreaths out of fabric but I have made swags, both out of fabric and ribbon. I'm sure loving your wreath, I'll have to make one soon!

  6. I LOVE this wreath. Absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing. Now I'm going to take a look through my home and see where I can use a wreath like this.

  7. What a great project! I'd never have thought of it, but it's just darling. Love the bandana material. Takes me back to when I was growing up and we had a horse corral. The bunkhouse was decorated in bandana print.

  8. Cute wreath! I made a similar one a while back but it didn't turn out as well as yours. I think I cut my strips too long and it just looked like a shaggy mess!

    Thanks so much for your comment on my sock dogs. I WISH I could claim credit for the idea myself, but, alas, I cannot. I have both Miyako Kanamori books and I have made countless critters using her patterns. I really believe anyone can follow them, with adorable results. I hope you'll visit me again! :)

  9. I've got a pile of my boy's old jeans that I just could not get rid of! Now I know why! Thanks for the inspiration !

  10. I love your wreath!!

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  11. I love this wreath idea! It's just such a great way to recycle and come up with a wonderful decoration. I have a pair of worn out jeans that I definately could use, and I'm sure some other patriotic material scraps I can use! I'm definately doing this one! Thanks for the idea!

  12. What a darling wreath! Very clever - I added this postlink to my blog if that is ok with you.
    Thanks for sharing, Paula in Idaho

  13. Love, love, lovie it! Thanks for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party! Hope to see you again next Friday!

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  14. Cute idea. Thanks for sharing the step by step. I may try to make one of these.

  15. Hey - I can do that!!! Great idea!

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  16. Very cute, I really love the idea...seems pretty easy too.

  17. This wreath is marvelous! I have always loved the ragamuffin garlands, and this wreath reminds me of a similar concept. It's so nice and full and welcoming. I don't think it gets any better than denim and bandannas. Love it and thank you for sharing this project!

  18. What a lovely wreath and toy. Great tutorial as well. I popped over from seeing this on the boardwalk bragfest.

  19. What a great project! Love it! The Ra-Ra stick is fantastic too! Great idea using an embroidery hoop!

  20. I love making a rag wreath. Yours looks great. You did a fantastic job. I hope you will link this up to my Patriotic Project Parade!


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