Rag Rug Wreaths – a great beginner project…
Rag rug wreaths are an absolutely brilliant first project for rag rug beginners. They’re easy to make, quick to complete and don’t use all that much fabric (especially when compared to a full on rug). In particular, rag rug wreaths are great for practising the traditional shaggy technique of rag rugging, which is the easiest and most mindful rag rug technique to start out with. However, they are also a lovely, small canvas on which to get creative if you want to develop your design skills.
We’ve made plenty of different rag rug wreaths over the years, and the best news is that you can too! To make an upcycled rag wreath for yourself, all you need is one of our Ragged Life Rag Rug Wreath Kits or, if you already have the tools, you can buy a Rag Rug Hessian Pack here 🙂 Equally, join us for one of our Rag Rug Wreath workshops in the lead up to Christmas, or make a wreath any time of the year at one of our Full Day Rag Rug Workshops. We can’t wait to see what you make!
Rag Rug Wreath Inspiration:
To get your creative juices flowing, below are just a few of the rag rug wreaths that the Ragged Life team, and former Ragged Life students have made. We hope you find the variety inspiring 🙂 We think there’s a rag rug wreath to suit everyone’s taste!
Christmas Rag Rug Wreath:
When I was first playing around with the idea of making a rag rug wreath, the design that immediately sprung to mind was a traditional Christmas wreath. Red poinsettia flowers and green holly / foliage evoke Christmas cheer, so I decided to make my first rag rug wreath with five blousy poinsettia flowers surrounded by a mix of green “foliage”.
The best thing is, no two Christmas wreaths will ever turn out the same, as the fabric used in rag rugging is old clothing and offcuts you may never come across again. This means that each wreath is a one-off. To read some of our design tips for making a rag rug Christmas wreath, check out our How to Make a Rag Rug Wreath Blog Post.
Spring Rag Rug Wreath:
After playing around with Christmas wreaths for a few months, my next rag rug wreath was Spring-inspired. This time, the wreath was divided into eight sections (or “flowers”) with small amounts of “foliage” in between. I used a pastel colour scheme with mostly plain fabrics for crisp definition. I liked the design of this rag rug wreath so much that it even made an appearance in my first book “Rag Rugs, Pillows & More”.
Alternative Rag Rug Wreaths:
Since those first two original designs, the Ragged Life team and I have played around with a whole bunch of different rag rug wreath designs, and below are just a few of those we’ve made…
This spring wreath is our latest creation (as of June 2019), made using the loopy, shaggy and short shaggy techniques of rag rugging. We particularly love how blousy the big white flowers look when contrasted against the shorter pink and yellow flowers. Voile and chiffon creates an almost ethereal look to the wreath.
If Spring isn’t really your season, maybe Autumn and spooky halloween are more to your taste… The rag rug wreath below was made using an old children’s halloween costume picked up from a local charity shop for 50p. It had lots of shiny edging and details, including feathers that were incorporated into the final wreath. I think it just goes to show that you should never count out unusual fabrics 🙂
As you’ve probably realised by now, texture is one of the key design elements for a successful rag rug wreath. Well, for the wreath below, we wanted to see whether we could make a rustic wreath that showcased the hessian itself. Yes, so meta! What we ended up with was a lovely free-flowing wreath that would look picture perfect on a nice, big barn door.
Poppy Rag Rug Wreaths:
2018 was the centenary of the end of WW1 and was the perfect excuse to design some gorgeous poppy wreaths. Our first wreath looked a little too similar to our Christmas wreaths because the ratio of centre to petal wasn’t quite right…
But, we think we nailed it on our second attempt, where we made the rag rug poppies much more compact and smaller. We also had a lot fun playing around with different fabrics for the different poppies, so this wreath incorporates chiffon, cotton, lining fabric, corduroy, jersey and lace.
Mini & XL Rag Rug Wreaths:
As well as playing around with the various rag rug wreath designs, over the past few years we’ve also varied the size of our wreaths. Below is an example of our mini rag rug wreath and XL wreath… We’ll be sharing plenty more mini wreath designs in the lead up to Christmas for inspiration.
We’ll be adding more of our rag rug wreaths to this blog post as we go along, so to be the first to see our latest rag rug wreath creations, join our newsletter here.
Rag Rug Wreaths – Student Hall of Fame:
Since I made my first rag rug wreath back in 2014, I’ve now taught thousands of crafters how to rag rug and many of them have made their own rag rug wreaths. Below is a showcase of the wonderful wreaths made by former students or purchasers of our Ragged Life Wreath Kit.
p.s. If you’ve made a rag rug wreath and would like to send me a photo then please do… With your permission, I’ll add it to the gallery below, so more students can be inspired by your craftiness 🙂 You can catch me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Make a Rag Rug Wreath:
So, I hope you’ll agree that those are some pretty unique and striking rag rug wreaths. If you’d like to make a wreath for yourself then you can buy a Ragged Life Rag Rug Wreath Kit here or, if you already have the tools, buy the hessian, backing board and instructions here 🙂 Or equally, join us for one of our specific Rag Rug Wreath workshops in the lead up to Christmas, or make a wreath any time of the year at one of our Full Day Rag Rug Workshops. We can’t wait to see what you make!
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